Cerion’s executive management team has a proven history of building successful companies from the ground up with a focus on the introduction of groundbreaking products and services to the global marketplace. Our team has the optimal mix of deep-science experience and proven business acumen, which sets us apart from other companies in the advanced materials industry.

Mr. Mertz is the Chief Executive Officer of Cerion, and a member of the company’s board of directors.

Mertz joined Cerion as its Chief Financial Officer in January of 2009, taking on responsibility for the company’s overall financial management. In June of 2012, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining Cerion, Mr. Mertz was the Chief Operating Officer of the Festival Network, a company who develops and acquires multi-day music festivals in geographically unique destinations around the globe. During his tenure, he was responsible for the strategic direction and growth of operations in nineteen (19) distinct markets across three (3) continents.

Prior to Festival Network, Mertz served as the Chief Executive Officer of Intermedia, a nationally recognized firm responsible for producing large-scale events, product launches, meetings, conferences and award shows on behalf of Fortune 500 / 1000 companies and consumer brands such as Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Hearst Publishing, Fairchild Publishing, Pitney Bowes, SIFMA, Chase, Citibank, GRAMMY Awards, Univision, Vera Wang and Tommy Hilfiger amongst others.

Mr. Stewart is the Chief Operating Officer of Cerion, where he oversees operations to ensure successful delivery of customer’s nanomaterial research, development, scale-up and manufacturing programs.

Mr. Stewart is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, with a B.S. degree in Chemistry and a M.B.A. His experience includes a 30-year career with the Eastman Kodak company, including 15 years of hands-on and leadership roles within its analytical operations, along with 15 years of management experience overseeing a variety of applications from chemical synthesis and scale-up, manufacturing, packaging operations and silver reclamation. During his time at Kodak he received several certifications in leadership and lean manufacturing as well as becoming a lead auditor for ISO Quality compliance and certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner. Prior to joining Cerion, Mr. Stewart was the General Manager for Rochester Silver Works, widely regarded as the largest silver recovery and recycling operation in the United States. During this period, he was instrumental in the carve-out and sale of this integrated organization from Kodak to a private owner and served as the Chief Executive Officer for 6 years, while expanding sales to over $20M annually.

Chris Skipper is Vice President of Commercial Sales for Cerion, where he oversees sales and provides technical consultation for companies seeking to access Cerion’s advanced expertise in nanomaterial research, development, scale-up and industrial manufacturing for their product or system. Previously, Mr. Skipper served as the company’s Director of Business Development overseeing global business development initiatives, direct sales and marketing campaigns.

Chris received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo in 2010 and an MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 2015. Prior to joining Cerion, Chris spent 3 years as a Territory Sales Manager for Fortune 500 tobacco company Altria, and then enjoyed a brief stint with Auburn, NY based food service and cleaning solutions company Johnston.

Dr. Brad Stadler is Executive Vice President of Nanomedicine Sales for Cerion, where he oversees sales and provides technical consultation to companies seeking to leverage Cerion’s advanced expertise in nanomaterial design, scale-up, and manufacturing for their product or system. Previously, Dr. Stadler served as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of a Cerion joint venture. Under his leadership he successfully led a multi-disciplinary team in the design of a tailored, therapeutic nanoparticle compound for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Dr. Stadler earned a B.S. in Molecular Biology with a concentration in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1997. Subsequently he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2007 where he explored the role of small, non-coding RNAs in viral infections. Thereafter, Dr. Stadler spent several years of postdoctoral training at the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Washington examining the roles of regulatory RNA molecules in the maintenance and differentiation of embryonic stem cells.

Dr. Sandford received a B.S. in Chemistry (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Hope College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, he joined Eastman Kodak Co. as a research scientist precipitating and sensitizing photographic emulsions with controlled particle sizes and morphologies resulting in improved film performance. Subsequent projects included synthesis, characterization and commercialization of novel antimicrobial actives, nano particulate metal oxide catalysts and silver-based battery materials resulting in new business, spin-off and licensing opportunities in addition to 4 U.S. Patents and 9 recently filed patent applications. Dr. Sandford provided technical support and guidance to new business ventures within Eastman Kodak including use of nanoparticles for medical imaging, high refractive index plastics for lenses and improved materials for longer life batteries. Most recently, he led the technical team for the Specialty Materials business that over the past two years commercialized several new antimicrobial products for the textile and plastics markets, provided technical support for new and existing products and developed novel technologies to address new market segments.
Mr. Singer is part of the original group that founded Cerion in 2007 and is currently Executive Vice President in charge of Manufacturing with responsibility for chemical plant operations, new product scale-up, and capital programs. Prior to Cerion, Mr. Singer spent 16 years at Eastman Kodak as an R&D/Manufacturing project manager in imaging nanoparticle production, attaining certification as a Lean Manufacturing Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner. He has managed startups and accreditation of chemical manufacturing operations on-site at Kodak plants in the USA, Canada, England, and China. In addition, he has led million-dollar cost reduction programs, new equipment design projects across eight countries, and new product commercialization efforts. As part of his product-process research, Mr. Singer has received three U.S. Patents in chemical process technology. Mr. Singer is a graduate of Lehigh University (highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

As the Vice President of Marketing for Cerion, Tracy Gay leads all global brand, public relations and strategic marketing initiatives. Her passion for a customer-focused, multi-disciplined approach to marketing has driven strong results for large, mid-size and start-up companies alike. Tracy joins Cerion with more than 20 years’ experience. Most recently, Tracy was the marketing lead for Panasonic’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Solutions Group. She has also served as the vice president of marketing for Omni-ID, a global provider & manufacturer of industrial RFID solutions and has held senior-level positions at Frontier Communications, Citibank and others. She is currently the President of the Rochester Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Tracy received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.