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
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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
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.
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
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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