CountryMark CEO Named Outstanding Chemical Engineer

Oct 10 2015

Purdue University's 2015 Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award winners (from left): John Klier, Seung Bin Park, Vijay Swarup, Charlie Smith, Julia Myers Ross and Norm Kidder with Dr. Arvind Varma, Jay and Cynthia Ihlenfeld Head of Chemical Engineering.


CountryMark President and CEO Charlie Smith recently received the 2015 Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering’s Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award. 

The Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award is given to alumni who have achieved distinction as leaders in their careers and who have shaped the chemical engineering profession. This year, the university bestowed this award on six alumni. Only 145 of the school's more than 11,000 alumni have received this prestigious award to date. 

Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University in 1980, and is a graduate of the Hoosier Fellows program at Indiana University’s Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. 

CountryMark’s President and CEO since 2003, Smith began his career with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) where he held a number of petroleum-related assignments in Houston, Anchorage and Dallas. In 1991, he joined a leading international petroleum consulting firm where he became Vice President and Director, managing the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. As an oil-company engineer and later as an international energy consultant, Smith has traveled to more than 35 countries on five continents.  

Smith served eight years on the Advisory Board of the new Indiana State Department of Agriculture for which he received the Partner in Progress Award from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. He currently serves on the Board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Advisors for Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis), the Board of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, and the Industry Advisory Council for Purdue University's School of Chemical Engineering.

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