MEET THE AGROTECHNOLOGY TEAM
Over the years, Ethox Chemicals, LLC has assembled a world class group of professionals dedicated to the Agrotechnology business. This group has been fortunate to build upon and capitalize from the success and solid business plan of Ethox Chemicals since its inception in 1968. With an unwavering commitment from Ethox Leadership and the Wilson family along with many years of experience from the Ethox Agrotechnology Team, we are poised for significant growth in the coming decades. We look forward to working with our clients on projects that help drive a sustainable future for the agrochemical business for generations.
Brad is our Business Director for Agrotechnology. After graduating from The Citadel in 1994, he got his start in sales, working his way up to Sales Manager for a multinational chemical distributor. In 2000, Brad moved into a Sales Manager position for a chemical toll manufacturing company. In 2008, he joined Ethox Chemicals, LLC and his position has now evolved into overall responsibility for the Agrotechnology Business Group. Brad and his wife Natalie live in upstate SC and have 3 grown children.
Joining Ethox in 2018, John is currently in Technical Sales and his primary responsibilities include product development and account management for Agricultural and Turf & Ornamental products. After graduating in 1997 from Temple University in Philadelphia, he spent time in the pharmaceutical and soil surfactant industries. He started his Agrochemical career with Micro Flo Company in 2001 as R&D Lab Manager. Prior to joining Ethox Chemicals, John previously worked for Albaugh, LLC for over 15 years. John’s primary experience has been in formulation development and regulatory of Agrochemicals and has experience working with more than 75 active ingredients over his career. John lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons.
Commercial Development Manager
John Hemminghaus is currently the Commercial Development Manager for Ethox Chemicals and supports new business development activities related to Agrotechnology. John received a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Truman State University in 2001 and followed up three summer internships at Monsanto Company with a Research Chemist role supporting the development and launch of glyphosate, acetochlor and dicamba based herbicide products. John left Bayer as Global R&D Portfolio Manager for Soybean in 2020 after a 20 year career and started with Ethox later that year. John maintains the Midwestern headquarters for Ethox and lives in the St. Louis MO area with his wife and twin daughters.
Special Projects Manager
Beth Lowe graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a BS in Chemistry and minors in music, gerontology and biology. She began her career in the electroplating industry, because she swore she would never work in organic chemistry.
Twenty-two months later – you guessed it – she started working with organic chemistry in the pigments division at Clariant Corp. She later joined the lab in the industrial chemicals division devoted to surfactant development and application. She worked at Clariant for 18 years as the technical representative and synthesis/applications chemist for numerous business lines, including oilfield, mining, air-wing deicing and anti-icing, construction, paints & coatings, and crop.
Beth joined the R&D Group at Ethox Chemicals as the Special Projects Manager in 2016, where she continues her pursuits into improving Ag, turf, and coatings formulations through the use of Ethox’s surfactants.
Beth is married to David, who graciously accepts that she loves to play four-stringed instruments, cares for cats, and is domestically-challenged.
New Product Development Manager
Tripp Floyd attended Clemson University for his undergraduate work, where he focused on organic synthesis and minored in physics. In 2010 he obtained his PhD under Professor Jean M.J. Fréchet at UC Berkeley, where he worked on the development and characterization of branched biodegradable polymeric scaffolds for the delivery of imaging agents and chemotherapeutics to cancerous tissues. His post doctorate work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focused on materials science, and involved a variety of projects including the development of new proppant materials for enhanced oil recovery, development of new chemistries and design layouts for Lithium ion batteries, new catalyst systems for carbon sequestration, and the synthesis and purification of ultra-thin high strength polymer films designed to hold the tritium/deuterium target capsules used by the National Ignition Facility (NIF).
In 2014 Tripp began his work at Ethox Chemicals, where he worked to develop new surfactant-based solutions to challenges arising in the fields of metal working, cosmetics, latexes, and oil recovery. Over time his work has shifted to focus predominantly on the agricultural industry, and current work involves the development and evaluation of new surfactant chemistries, and the attempted compatibilization of inherently (and sometimes vehemently) incompatible components.
Agronomic Product Development Lead
Barbara is our Agronomic Product Development Lead. Before joining Ethox Chemicals in November of 2022, Barbara spent over four years at the University of Nebraska Lincoln – Pesticide Application Technology Lab as a Research Technician leading the wind tunnel operations. During that time, she also earned a Master’s degree in Agronomy – Weed Science. Barbara is excited to be a part of the Ethox Agrotechnology team and applying her skillset to the chemical industry.