Socma (blog): New President Lays Out Plans, Activities
3:42 AM MDT | March 29, 2010 | By LAWRENCE D. SLOAN
President of SOCMA
Since joining SOCMA in February, I have had the privilege of meeting many members from around the country and learning more about their issues and how SOCMA can meet their needs. Our conversations have been fruitful, and I have enjoyed getting to know the people behind our member companies.
Under my leadership, the association will continue to focus on its three strategic initiatives, which are: to enhance members’ commercial opportunities, to promote the passage of rational laws and legislation, and to improve the public’s perception of the chemical industry. All of our activities ultimately serve those three purposes.
Sloan: Will address members
concerns about regulations.
The first, to enhance commercial opportunities for our members, has been a particular priority given the current state of the economy. I recently came back from SOCMA’s annual executive luncheon coinciding with DCAT Week in New York City, and I am exploring more ways to incorporate networking into all of our events and online educational programs. As people move more of their business activities online, SOCMA is encouraging members to interact, find ways to save money, and produce new business relationships through our web-based tools. I have made it a priority to grow SOCMA’s membership, and we just welcomed our first inorganic specialty chemical manufacturer in March.
I have also found in my conversations with members that there is a real concern about the changes to laws and regulations that the industry faces in the current political climate. Since coming on board, members of SOCMA have already been on Capitol Hill twice to testify before congressional committees on batch chemical producers’ concerns regarding TSCA and CFATS legislation.
Since not every member is equipped to come to Washington on short notice, I’m also placing a high priority on growing SOCMA’s grassroots network. This year we will host our third annual Washington Fly-In, a lobby day for our member companies to visit Capitol Hill and meet with a number of their congressional representatives. I believe our industry’s strongest voice is that of the workers and small business owners who can explain how laws passed on the Hill affect their businesses.
Finally, I plan to continue to focus on SOCMA’s work to improve the public’s perception of the batch chemical industry through the continued growth of the ChemStewards® program. Many of our members are already doing impressive things to improve the quality of life in their facilities and the surrounding communities and be better corporate citizens, and ChemStewards® assists them in building out those programs. I also hope to keep seeing a high rate of participation in SOCMA’s annual Performance Improvement Awards program, which is one of the ways we help members gain recognition for their work and communicate those efforts to their employees and communities.
SOCMA is an organization with an impressive legacy to uphold, and I am pleased to be joining the association at this point in time. As the batch chemical industry continually reshapes itself, I see many ways for SOCMA to adapt and meet this group’s shifting needs.