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Council Leadership Profiles:

 

Senator Robert McKnight

Senator McKnight is CEO of the PEC as well as President of McKnight Financial Corporation, a Tallahassee, FL management consulting firm.  He is a former Florida State Senator and Representative from Miami, and also served as Executive Counselor to Carole Browner on the executive staff of Governor Lawton Chiles.  His political tenure was recognized by awards such as Outstanding First Term Member of the Florida House of Representatives and Senate (Runner-Up). The Florida Trend Poll of Legislative Membership noted Senator McKnight as “Admired for Dedication, Honesty, Integrity and Regard for the Public Welfare” and the St. Petersburg Times nominated Senator McKnight as the “Most Valuable Member of the Senate”.  Following his distinguished political career, Senator McKnight served from 1992 to 1996 as Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  During his business career, Senator McKnight served as a Board Member of Southeast Bank of Tamiami and of Miami National Bank, and as Senior Marketing Officer of major corporations including Planned Development Corporation (Miami) and Fringe Benefits Management Company (Tallahassee).  Senator McKnight is a political commentator on ABC TV/WTXL 27HD Television News and the author of The Golden Years...The Florida Legislature, '70s and '80s.  Reflections on Campaigns and Public Service (Sentry Press, 2007).  Senator McKnight received an MBA degree from Florida State University and his BS degree from Florida Southern College. 

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Cliff Moriyama

Cliff Moriyama is the Executive Vice President for the Plastics Environmental Council.  Mr. Moriyama has more than 20 years of experience in trade association management and the legislative and regulatory arenas in California and Washington D.C.  Prior to working for the PEC, Mr. Moriyama worked for three statewide business associations.

Mr. Moriyama was the senior vice president of governmental affairs for California Business Properties Association (CBPA).  He was responsible for all aspects of legislative advocacy at the State Capitol as well as monitoring and responding to the actions of the dozens of state and federal agencies that have regulatory oversight on issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. 

Mr. Moriyama also worked for the California Chamber of Commerce and the California Building Industry Association.  He is currently a registered lobbyist in California and also a federally registered lobbyist.  He has a B.A. in political science from California State University, Sacramento.  Mr. Moriyama has been married since 1990 to Julie Moriyama and is the proud father of four children.

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Charles J. Lancelot Ph.D

Dr. Lancelot is the Executive Director of the PEC.  Dr. Lancleot's 45-year technology management and business development career has spanned commodity and engineering plastics, elastomers, additives and other materials.  In 1997, Dr. Lancelot founded and was formerly a General Partner in CE Tech Consulting, Inc., specializing in energy, feedstock and resin market research, materials, product and process development, recycled plastic production and procurement, competitive product and material analysis, and failure analysis.  CE Tech’s client list in commercial, industrial and household consumer goods and medical products includes Newell Rubbermaid, Otto Industries, Rehrig International, Evercare Corp., Suncast Corp., Colson Plastics, Macro Plastics, Home Products International, and others.  His last corporate position was as Vice President of R&D at Ansell International’s Protective Products Division (industrial gloves), and prior to that he held several positions at Rubbermaid Commercial Products, Olin Corp., (Director; Chemicals Technology Planning), Mobil Chemical Co., and FMC Chemicals.  At Rubbermaid, as Director, Materials and Process Technology, Dr. Lancelot put together a successful, very cost-effective polyethylene stretch wrap closed recycling loop, incorporating up to 25% quality recycled plastic in dozens of branded household products.  Dr. Lancelot received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University (1971) and his BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame (1962).

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