LA MIRADA, CA — HORN employees honored Patrick Marantette on September 25 to celebrate the 43 years he dedicated to the company and its industries. Marantette retired in August 2018 as Director and board member of HORN.

Marantette held various leadership roles at HORN after joining its sales team in 1975. He was instrumental in establishing the Food/Nutraceuticals Ingredients Group at HORN in 1978 and was named President after the company became an employee-owned business. During Marantette’s time as President, HORN went through major changes and experienced great success, due in part of his leadership. Marantette continued to advise and inspire the next generation of leaders at HORN as Director and board member of the company until his retirement and the acquisition of HORN by IMCD.

Marantette’s reputation and leadership extends far beyond his influence at HORN. He was a longtime supporter of National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), where he once served as Chairman. He held a prominent role in supporting the industry and was a staunch advocate for responsible distribution. Under his leadership, HORN was named Outstanding Distributor of the Year and he went on to achieve the prestigious Vanguard Award for service to the Chemical Education Foundation.

Outside of his business successes, Marantette played a significant role in the development of You Be The Chemist Challenge® in California, which is an interactive academic contest that encourages students, grades 5 to 8, to explore chemistry and its real-world applications. He and his wife, Linda also regularly volunteer their time to serve the elderly and poor.

Marantette was a driving force in shaping the reputation and culture of the specialty distribution organization known today as HORN. While employees will miss his infectious, cheerful disposition when he routinely walked the HORN office halls to greet each employee every morning, Marantette’s legacy will continue to resonate through the generations of employees he has inspired, the business practices he helped established and the culture he shaped at HORN.