December 19, 2022, Cincinnati, OH — The ChemQuest Group, a global consulting firm focused on tailored business strategy and optimization, technology acceleration, market intelligence, and M&A advisory services for the specialty materials industry, has appointed Joel Shertok, Ph.D., as director.

Drawing on more than 40 years of extensive experience, Shertok will support ChemQuest’s Manufacturing Excellence and M&A Advisory Services pillars. His track record includes successes in new product development, mergers and acquisitions, new business ventures and teams, international investigations of novel technologies, and EPA/OSHA regulatory issues.

Shertok has held numerous senior-level executive positions with companies such as Advanced Plasma Solutions, Rochester Midland Corp., and Graver Technologies. He founded Process Industries Consultants, Inc. in 2014 and has assisted clients from a range of advanced technical industries in his role as president and senior consultant. Focusing particularly on process scale-up and commercialization, much of his recent work has targeted sustainability-related initiatives such as CO2 removal.

“Joel is an established expert in manufacturing operational efficiencies and methodologies. As complexity in the manufacturing sector continues to expand, our clients look to us for thought leadership and technical expertise to not only identify potential new product development opportunities but to also optimize the testing and commercialization processes. I’m thrilled that our clients will benefit from Joel’s wide-ranging experience in the chemical process and materials industries,” said Daniel Murad, ChemQuest CEO.

Shertok earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, as well as a Bachelor of Engineering degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is based in Newark, Del.

“It is a pleasure to join such a well-established consulting organization. ChemQuest will enable me to use my talents to focus on the technical engineering consulting work I like and want to do. I am also pleased to become part of a team that will allow me to participate in much larger, more impactful projects than I could working by myself,” Shertok said.


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About the ChemQuest Group, Inc.

The ChemQuest Group Inc. is widely recognized among raw material suppliers, formulators, and financial investors for its value creation. ChemQuest’s four service pillars include Business Strategy & Transformation; Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures; Manufacturing Excellence; as well as Technology & Application Development through the ChemQuest Technology Institute and ChemQuest Powder Coating Research. ChemQuest services extend across 11 formulated product categories and over 13 end-use markets within the specialty chemicals value chain. Our team includes former senior managers from major manufacturers, business owners, and senior technical managers including Ph.D. chemists, with a minimum of 25 years of experience in specialty chemicals. For more information, visit