Diversity at Work

As people, we value diversity on principle. As a company, we value diversity for its business potential.

But we're not going to try to convince you of what we know. These folks have already done that for us.

“Diversity leads to better business practices, more innovation, and improved risk taking.

Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have financial returns above

their respective national industry medians.” – Vivian Hunt, McKinsey Consultants

Of various sized teams including more than 4,600 people, the teams that had more women outperformed other teams in terms of collaboration, problem analysis, and faster problem solving.

2015 Study conducted by MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Union College


We're All in This Together

As a responsible corporate citizen, we take our role in the communities we serve very seriously. Whether it’s environmental or social, we are actively involved in everything from our advanced recycling programs and organic garden to our support of non-profit organizations, both local and international, that provide care for those in need.

Taking Things Personally

Our Executive Team Members ensure that we live up to the expectations both of our customers and ourselves.

Carol Piccaro

Carol Piccaro

CEO and Account Executive

After several years in the financial world, Carol joined her father in 1983 as a Junior Account Representative. 37 years later Carol continues to enjoy sales and the thrill of uniting world-class suppliers and customers. Carol's outside interests include yoga, kayaking, skiing, and exploring the world with her family. 


Chris "CJ" Piccaro

Chief Innovation Officer

Chris brings to the company his diverse experience in software engineering, legal licensing, accounting, and business. His addition marks the third generation of the company Howard T. Von Oehsen founded in 1960. Outside of work, Chris can be found rock climbing, cycling, and playing board games.

Diane Vinci

Diane Vinci

Customer Service Team Leader

Diane is excited by the variety of tasks and working with the best. She came to U.S. Chemicals, A Woman-Owned Company after serving as VP for Sotheby's Sales Distribution. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and gardening.


Lauren Weiss

Client Support Strategist

Lauren comes armed with a background in chemistry, psychology, business, and licensing. Her laser-like and galvanizing approach to systems and organizational processes are instrumental in the company's mission to continue to grow into diverse business sectors. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys skiing, cycling, and hiking the Pacific Northwest.

John Shrekgast

John Shrekgast


The challenges faced each day in the chemical distribution business make John's job a joy. He's been in the business for 40 years serving as a controller or CFO after leaving as partner with a CPA firm. He's been part of the U.S. Chemicals, A Woman-Owned Business team for over 13 years. He enjoys sports, gardening, and time with friends and family.


A Strong Foundation

From the day we opened our doors, we've operated according to Howard T. Von Oehsen's belief that "If our customers are not successful, then we are not successful". That selfless philosophy and pointed understanding of how we are all connected has guided us through our endeavors, for the good of our company, our customers, and world around us.

Howard T. Von Oehsen


U.S. Chemicals sold to The Maroon Group.
U.S. Chemicals, A Woman-Owned Business is established
to solely focus its efforts on companies that value diversity


Office relocates from New Canaan, CT

to Darien, CT

Carol Piccaro


Howard Von Oehsen dies
after battling ALS for several years.
Carol Piccaro elected President
and CEO of U.S. Chemicals


Carol Piccaro joins company as a
Junior Account Executive with a territory of Western NY, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana


Sales exceed one million dollars


Advisory Board created to help specialize in engaging other companies that value diversity 


Becomes active member of

Women Presidents' Organization


Certified Membership in The Women's Business Enterprise National Council


Special services launched to include micronizing, re-packaging, and toll manufacturing


First full containers of products imported from top-quality international suppliers


Company founded by Howard T. Von Oehsen, with funding from William Wishnick, President of Witco Corporation