“Richard is one of the most exceptional leaders within the ACS. He is passionately committed to serving his fellow ACS Members and since I’ve known him has worked tirelessly to make sure that all members have their voices heard within the Society. If elected to the ACS Board of Directors, I am confident he will continue this work with the same energy and zeal that only Richard can bring.”

Member, ACS Business Management Division, ACS

“Richard is an outstanding candidate for the Board of Directors. Richard’s leadership on MAC has really kept us focused on improving the value for ACS Members and achieving results in recruiting new members. Richard has a very effective leadership style and is intent on making a difference for ACS Members.”

Member of MAC, Professor at “Old Miss”

“During the past two years I have had the pleasure of serving on the Membership Affairs Committee (MAC) chaired by Richard Cobb. Under his leadership important petitions on Membership Categories and Requirements, Society Affiliate Dues, and Multi-Year Dues were approved and the ACS Member Network was successfully launched. In addition, he has directed the preparation and implementation of a MAC Strategic Plan and Welcome Book and is currently working to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the MAC Executive Committee Meetings. Richard Cobb possesses a rare combination of enthusiasm, energy, creativity, vision, and dedication to the American Chemical Society that make him a natural ACS leader. I encourage you to elect him as your District I Director for which he is eminently qualified.”

Member, Membership Affairs Committee

“Richard’s steady, supportive leadership was key to the reinvigoration of the Northeast Regional Meeting and its transition to successful incorporation.”

Member, Binghamton Section

“I enthusiastically endorse D. Richard Cobb for the position of Director District I.  Dick has been actively involved in the American Chemical Society at Local, Regional and National levels for many years.  He has been very helpful as I have transitioned into an active role in our Local section upon my election as Secretary.”

Secretary, Rochester Section

“Having worked with Richard Cobb on long-term projects and on committees both in ACS and in other organizations, I know he is a congenial, objectives-focused leader and achiever, who values the views of others, and is dedicated to the ACS and its purposes.”

Consultant and Local Section Chair

“These economic times have impacted many US workers over the past couple of years and many members of the ACS have also been affected by layoffs, reduced hours, temporary furloughs, etc. It is during these times that it is important to remember the value of the networking opportunities that a professional organization such as the ACS can provide.  I was impacted by a layoff at Kodak early this year as a direct result of the global economic crisis, and the prospect of finding a job, even as over half a million jobs were being lost each month, appeared daunting.  While cleaning out my old emails, I came across one from our local ACS chair. which he passed along from one of our councilors, Richard Cobb.  Richard had met someone from another company at a national ACS event who indicated their need for someone with dye chemistry experience.  I began a conversation with the contact from the other company, which, to make a long story short, resulted in my getting a job offer.  An offer for a job that never existed as a listing on a job board, in fact, a job that never even existed until the network conversations evolved.  And it all began with a chance meeting between two ACS colleagues, and the discovery through networking that a need which existed in one part of the country, could be met with an expertise that was no longer considered essential in another part of the country.

Richard Cobb has been active in the Rochester ACS section activities for many years, and although I never met him in person until after I had left Eastman Kodak, I feel my interaction with him is not an isolated instance, but part of his desire and commitment to helping others in our ACS community as well as the larger community in general.  Richard has helped me to remember that every cloud does have a silver lining.”

Member, Rochester Section

“I had the pleasure of first meeting Richard Cobb while serving on the Admissions Committee of the American Chemical Society.  Richard was the Chairperson of the Committee and it was one of the most well managed committees I have ever served upon.  He is truly one of those rare individuals who is both personable and organized.   He has my highest recommendation for any post in the ACS.”

Member, New York Section

“Richard Cobb exemplifies the philosophy and practice of service leadership. He continually strives to ensure that the Society is meeting the needs of its members, while inspiring and motivating those that serve with him to achieve outstanding results. Dick is not afraid to question the “status quo” or make the tough decisions, especially if it enables the ACS to better serve its members – which is what everyone in ACS governance should be striving to do!”

Chair, Committee on Technician Affairs