MEET THE CECON MANAGEMENT TEAM
Samuel L. Waltz, Managing Director
A Vietnam-era Veteran of US Army CounterIntelligence, Sam Waltz holds BS and MS degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with Ph.D. coursework (no degree) in Public Affairs / Public Policy at the University of Delaware. An early-retired DuPont Company External Affairs executive who worked across a broad array of business and commercial issues, including technology commercialization, business planning, and public affairs, Waltz today also is principal of SamWaltz.com Strategic Capital & Business Counsel. He is a Strategic Business Counselor, Trusted Adviser & Advocate™, serving on Business Boards and as an Expert Witness. Waltz is active in faith-based and civic affairs, and he formerly served as the elected global and national president of his industry’s professional society, akin to an MD who might head the AMA or an Attorney who might head the ABA. See LinkedIn
Gregory Wells, Project Manager
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, Ohio State. Greg has more than 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical research and drug discovery with Merck, DuPont, and Cephalon. He has 14 drug discovery patents and more than 30 peer-reviewed publications.
Joel Shertok, Ph.D. Project Manager
Providing decades of experience in Chemical Processing, specializing in Process/Product Development, Scale-up, and Commercialization. Consulting is designed to help clients develop and scale novel processes that exist only on the glassware level or are misbehaving when in commercial operation.
Create practical, real-world solutions for a variety of clients' process issues. ★ Specialties Include ★ Process/Product Troubleshooting, Process/Product Scale-up & Commercialization, Product Purification/Separation Technology Development, Product/Process Cost Optimization, Chemical Product/Process Marketing Studies, Chemical Reaction Engineering Development, On-site Process/Equipment Evaluation.
For Chemical Process or Materials, Companies, offer technical resources providing solutions for the clients' niche problems,
Andrea Beck, Operations & Recruitment Expert
Andrea oversees daily operations and supplies support to our clients, experts and manages the workflow for website additions.
Randy Ruschak, CECON Consultant and former Division Manager
B.S.M.E & B.S.C.E Union College and MBA (Finance & Mgt of Organizations) Columbia University. Randy has over 35 years of experience in Engineering, Management Consulting, Internet Presence Consulting and has over 17 years in Executive Search and Placement. He has worked with the New York Power Authority, Founding Partner of what is now Navigant Consulting, Management Recruiters and MRB Services (an internet design firm).
History of CECON.com LLC, Founded 1985, Wilmington, DE
CECON.com LLC was founded in 1985 as The CECON Group Inc. by six early-retired DuPont Co. scientists and engineers. They were joined as shareholders over the next few years by another dozen early retirees from DuPont.
The original roots of CECON were in DuPont’s competencies in chemistry, polymers, chemical engineering, materials technology, and related fabricated products, including healthcare and medical products.
CECON became "a Platform Company before the Internet invented Platform Companies, working in the Gig Economy before the Gig Economy existed!" The business Model of CECON is an Arbitrage Model of adding value by assisting a Client to define its Scope of Work to achieve its organizational and business objectives and then sourcing the expertise via its Proprietary Network of highly-trained and experienced consultants. If the expertise needed is not immediately found, many times it can be located via the company's proprietary network within hours.
Founders immediately found a huge demand in the 1980s and 1990s for their technical expertise and experience. Today, CECON represents a vast array of world-class scientific and engineering experts in many disciplines that serve global clients in all areas of science, technology, and business & industry.
In the course of their consulting, they also found a huge demand for technical experts outside their own skill areas, growing their resources to some 1,500 consultants. The CECON consulting network over time developed a first-quality global reputation for finding the exact experts who can specifically address its clients' scientific, engineering, technical, and business needs both for consulting and expert witness engagements.
The assets of The CECON Group were acquired in 2015 by Becht Engineering Inc., a global company with 12 offices in the USA and Canada, extending the reach of the 2nd generation CECON into a broader array of market segments experts. In a second sale of the CECON assets early in 2019, the CECON assets of Becht Engineering were acquired by heirs of one of the original founding families who continue to operate the 3rd generation incarnation as CECON.com LLC in the same professional manner as it has since 1985.
Today, that global quality leading expertise of CECON extends as well into Research, Strategy, Business Planning, Marketing, and Reputation Management / Public Affairs Advocacy, as leaders of Becht and CECON continue to work together, as well.