Peter R. Buenz

Peter Buenz

B.S.Ch.E., 1960
Chairman of the Board
Creekside Industries

Peter Buenz earned his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from The University of Texas in 1960. After three years as an officer in the U.S. Navy and seven years with ARCO Chemical Company, he joined a non-engineer fraternity brother in 1970 to establish Chemical Exchange Industries, the forerunner of Creekside Industries. Their business model was to purchase processing facilities no longer needed by major chemical companies and adapt them to produce specialty and commodity products using innovative processes. Peter amicably split the business with his partner in 1993, and his share became Creekside.

The specialty chemical market is a constantly changing business. Products often have short half-lives, and over its history Creekside has had to develop new products and adapt existing processing equipment to meet changing market demands. Creekside Industries is headquartered in Houston and has plants in Baytown and Houston. The company is a $100 million per year business with more than 100 employees.

Peter and his wife, Claire, are strong supporters of the Cockrell School of Engineering. They have established several endowed scholarships in chemical engineering and maintain a keen interest in the department's programs. Peter has been a member and president of the Chemical Engineering Advisory Committee and is now a member of the Cockrell School's Engineering Advisory Board. He is also a Friend of Alec and a member of the Littlefield Society.

Peter and Clare live in Baytown, Texas, where he is president of the Baytown Area Water Authority and past director of the Harris-Galveston County Subsidence District. He is active in the Presbyterian Church. They have a daughter and four grandchildren living in the Austin area.

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