Mike Ott graduated from the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering in 1973 and began his career with his co-op program employer, Rohm and Haas, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Technical Sales Representative, assigned to Baltimore, Maryland, Mike attended the University of Baltimore and obtained a degree in Accounting, after which he became a Certified Public Accountant. His next assignment was Chicago, Illinois, where he attended the University of Chicago and obtained his MBA in Finance, Marketing and Accounting.
In 1980, he and his wife, Ginger, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he was the Sales Manager for Rohm and Haas – New Zealand. He became the Polymers, Resins and Monomers Divisional Manager in 1982 for Rohm and Haas – Mexico, headquartered in Mexico City. In 1985, Mike returned with his family to Philadelphia and started with Polysciences, Inc., eventually purchasing the company from its founder in 1993.
Mike is the President, CEO and Owner of Polysciences Inc. He has since expanded his ownership to Bangs Laboratories, Astral Diagnostics, Creative Consumer Products, Dionis Goat Milk Skincare, Ethos Biosciences, and Excocell. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates and is on the Board of Overseers at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Mike spends much of his time with his wife Ginger and their two daschunds Honeybear and Black Olive. He enjoys fly fishing on the many trout streams of Pennsylvania, in addition to gardening at his property in Abington, Pennsylvania.