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The Plaza Group Adds Two New Executives


(HOUSTON, TEXAS - Thursday, November 20, 2008) The Plaza Group, a leading international petrochemical marketing company, has expanded its global workforce with the addition of Mark Hacas as Senior Vice President of Operations and Ray Heinen as Controller.

Randy Velarde, The Plaza Group President, says the company has experienced strong growth and has supported the growth with the addition of key personnel. "The addition of Mark and Ray to The Plaza Group team will ensure we continue to deliver exceptional customer service to the marketplace.

Mark Hacas
As the Senior VP of Operations, Mr. Hacas will manage customer service, logistics, finance, and administration. Hacas brings more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry to The Plaza Group. Most recently, he served as the Senior VP of sourcing, marketing and strategic planning at CHEMCENTRAL/Univar USA.

Mark graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He currently resides with his wife Linda in Houston.

Ray Heinen
Mr. Heinen brings more than 20 years of industrial chemical experience to The Plaza Group. As Controller, Heinen will manage the day-to-day financial functions of the organization. Additionally, he will work toward a more effective use of the ERP system, providing a more real time reflection of the business. He previously served as CHEMCENTRAL/Univar USA's regional finance manager for the West Region, where he led the transition to a regional shared services structure for the financial and administrative functions.

Ray graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He currently resides with his wife Regina in The Woodlands, TX.


About The Plaza Group

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Houston, The Plaza Group is a multi-million dollar international marketing company of refinery and petrochemical products. The company is a marketer of certain chemical products for Frontier Oil, Alon Refining, Georgia Gulf, Total Petrochemicals, Marathon Petrochemicals, BP, Sumitomo, PDVSA, Sabic Innovative Plastics, Polimeri Europa, Rhodia, Shell and Flint Hills. For orders call (800) 876-3738 or visit the company's web site at


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