CHEMARK History…a market force for 43 years

Founded CHEMARK in 1975 by Howard Ellerhorst and headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In August, 1975, Howard Ellerhorst launched the CHEMICAL MARKETING SERVICES GROUP in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Mr. Ellerhorst believed that there was fundamentally something missing from the management of the specialty chemical companies and that was simply, accurate data from which to make more precisely correct strategic and tactical decisions.

In 1976, shortly after he opened his new company doors, Howard developed a 10-page, 145 question questionnaire and established a 4,000 person Delphi-Panel, to which, he sent his first massive questionnaire.  To Howards’ surprise, and delight, he received back 64% of the questionnaires totally completed.  Howard’s first coatings & paints, research report of over 450 pages of data, was launched in hard copy only and Howard was rewarded with great accolades for his data accuracy along with a nice payday.

In 1983, Howard changed the company name from the CHEMICAL MARKETING SERVICES GROUP to the CHEMARK Consulting Group, Inc.

In 1985, Dr. Phil Phillips joined CHEMARK as Vice President & Director of Strategic Development.  During the 1980’s and early 1990’s time frame, CHEMARK developed more sophisticated research methods and broadened it’s geographical footprint from North America to Europe and South America as well as its offering capabilities from Paints & Coatings to include Adhesives, Sealants, Inks and Specialty Chemicals.

In 1998, Dr. Phillips acquired CHEMARK from Howard Ellerhorst, who had just announced his retirement,. . . . and, subsequently moved its’ home offices from Cincinnati to Southern Pines, NC . . . . 19 years ago.  In the process we have endeavored to maintain Howard’s thesis . . . . “In all industries, an accurate database is essential formanagements’ successful business strategies”.

Over the next five years, from 1998 through 2003, CHEMARK established branch offices in Clinton, CT; Phoenix, AR; Brixworth, Northants, UK; Salzburg, Austria; Dorking, UK.; San Palo, Brazil and Louisville, KY.  Over the last 18 years, CHEMARK expanded its’ offerings and perfected its’ methodologies.