Our People

Sammy Sugawara
President

Sammy is President of SANAM Corporation and leads our mission of introducing the broad range of performance chemicals from Sanyo Chemical Industries to customers around the world.

Sammy began his business career at one of Japan’s leading trading companies. He was based in Sao Paulo, Brazil for      5 years, introducing agricultural chemicals throughout South America and the World. His experience has involved all aspects of international trade from initial business development, marketing, logistics, regulatory issues and joint ventures. He’s traveled extensively throughout North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Sammy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Pathology from the prestigious Tokyo University.

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David Young
Accounting & General Affairs

David is the Manager of Accounting and General Affairs; responsible for financial reporting, inventory, and the General Ledger.  He overseas the company Health Benefits, the 401k plan, computer purchasing, maintenance, and overall IT health of the organization.

David brings to SANAM 15 years of experience from a diversified accounting background stemming from IT Management, Trust Accounting, Fiduciary Tax Preparation and various complex Accounting Platforms.

David earned his  Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Washington and Jefferson College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from California University of Pennsylvania.

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Richard Delaney
Sales & Marketing
Assistant General Manager

Rick is the Sales Manager responsible for PELESTAT and PELECTRON antistat products, UMEX resin modifiers, SANMODUR tooling materials, UCOAT polyurethane emulsions and numerous surfactant products for industrial and personal care applications.

Rick brings to SANAM more than 30 years of experience in specialty chemicals, spanning technical, sales and marketing roles.

Rick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Millersville University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Delaware.

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David Amorose
Sales & Marketing
Assistant General Manager

Dave is the Sales Manager responsible for the Aclube Lubricating Oil Additives line of products which includes Viscosity Index Improvers and Pour Point Depressants, Cold Flow and Lubricity Improving Fuel Oil Additives and the HIMER line of Toner Resins used for copier toner.

Dave brings over 25 years of experience to SANAM Corporation, with diverse experiences in R&D, Process Development, Sales and Marketing roles. 

Dave earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Saint Vincent College and a Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from West Virginia University.

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Jason Plymire
Sales Manager

Jason is the Sales Manager responsible for THERPUS thermoplastic polyurethane powder used as skin material for automotive interior systems.

Jason brings 15 years of experience with technical products to SANAM with roles in R&D, new product development, sales & marketing.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Ken Kitano
Sales & Marketing
General Manager

Ken is the Sales Manager responsible for THERPUS TPU powder, SANNIX and PRIMEPOL polyols.

Ken brings to SANAM 4 years’ Reserch & Development experience and 10 years’ Sales & Marketing experience at Sanyo Chemical Industries.

Ken earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry from Kyushu University in Japan.

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Laurie Weber
Administrative Sales Assistant

Laurie has been with Sanam since 2006.  She provides sales support for Pelestat, Pelectron, Sanmodur, Therpus and Himer materials.  She is in charge of placing orders with Japan and U.S. based suppliers and working closely with the shipper and forwarder to facilitate timely delivery to our customers.

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Takuro Oike
Sales & Marketing Specialist           

Todd is a Product Specialist from our corporate parent, Sanyo Chemical Industries. He is conducting special Marketing projects as directed by our President, as well as pursuing graduate coursework at the University of Pittsburgh.

Todd brings to SANAM 3 years’ Research & Development experience, 10 years’ Sales & Marketing experience of electronic materials at Sanyo Chemical Industries.

Todd received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Chemistry from Hiroshima University in Japan

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