2015 ACI Meeting Archives
2015 ACI Convention Recap
The 2015 Convention was our largest attended Annual Convention in over 13 years! More than 930 business leaders from 180 different companies and from 24 different countries attended industry’s most effective and efficient forum for networking and business-to-business meetings! The forum connected industry leaders and business leaders from all across the world at special speaker sessions, charity events to benefit Cleaning for a Reason and Clean the World, and international networking at various Convention events. Click on the ACI Convention Schedule to review key events and speaker biographies. Members can also access presentation slides on their ACI Members Only Website account.
There were several speaker sessions throughout Convention week including the annual Global Industry Update, ACI Committee invited speakers, and various distinguished speaker sessions. A special breakfast presentation featuring SC Johnson chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson was held Wednesday; he shared four steps to improve consumer trust. Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney addressed the three critical priorities he believes will maintain America’s global leadership position at a breakfast presentation on Thursday; and professional speaker and TV commentator Laura Schwartz shared insight on her event planning career while working at the White House for President Clinton at the Women’s Networking Forum and book signing Thursday afternoon. ACI honored sustainability leader Martin Wolf of Seventh Generation, the 2015 recipient of the Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award at the ACI Annual Business Meeting. To learn more about the award click here. Following the ACI Annual Business Meeting, global futurist and best-selling author Jack Uldrich delivered stimulating perspectives on trendspotting and emerging technologies on genomics and nanotechnology for the chemical industry. The Clean the World ONE Project Hygiene Kit Build two-day event was completed in less than a day! Attendees and member companies participated in teams to build hygiene kits for disadvantaged people; and Mary-Ann Warmerdam of The Clorox Company earned a distribution trip to Guatemala for being the individual that built the highest number of hygiene kits. Firmenich Incorporated was recognized as the company that built the most hygiene kits.
Special Thanks to our Convention Sponsors
Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Amway, Arylessence, Inc., BASF Corporation, Brenntag North America, CDI Global, Celeste Industries Corporation, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., The Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Evonik Corporation, Firmenich Incorporated, FMC Corporation, Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, IHS Chemical Week, Innospec, Lonza Inc., MonoSol LLC, Novozymes, Oxiteno USA, LLC, PQ Corporation, Procter & Gamble, PSAV, The Ropella Group, Sasol, SC Johnson, Seventh Generation, Shell Chemical LP, Solvay Novecare, Stepan Company, The Sun Products Corporation, Wacker Chemie AG, William Kendrick Company.
Convention Charity Events
The ACI Convention hosted four charity events this year:
The ACI Charity events held during the ACI Convention benefit Cleaning for a Reason, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides free residential cleaning services to women undergoing treatment for cancer so that they may better focus on their families and getting well.
On Wednesday morning, the newly re-instated ACI Annual 5K Fun Run sponsored by P&G Chemicals kicked off at 6 AM! More than 100 attendees registered for this fun event! "Dark and Early" attendees participated as runners or walkers. It was an excellent turn out and show of support; and first and second-place runners and walkers were awarded at the Convention closing dinner reception.
Shell Chemical LP was once again the official sponsor of the 2015 Charity Duck Race which took place Wednesday afternoon. Many participated to watch their ducks and corporate ducks swim down the Lazy River. Participants got to showcase their artistic skills on their ducks which were not limited to drawings and paint – some also included props!
Friday afternoon, the 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was an enjoyable sporty competition. Awards were also handed out at the Convention closing event. ACI helped Cleaning for a Reason raised over $30,000, a record-breaking amount!
During our Clean the World ONE Project event at Grande Lakes, attendees collaborated to build hygiene kits for disadvantaged people. Kits include bars of recycled soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a washcloth and an inspirational message. They will be distributed to organizations serving the homeless in Central Florida.
2015 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap
This year, the Mid-Year Meeting was once again held in Washington, DC at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel from June 16-17th. Nearly 100 registrants participated in the Mid-Year Meeting, and of the 44 companies represented, 33 were Member companies. As Mid-Year Meeting continues to bring expertise to the table, there were 4 speaker sessions and the standing committees also provided guest speakers at their meetings. The speaker sessions introduced experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Marie Wheat, Program Manager for BioPreferred), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Chairman Elliot Kaye), Grocery Manufacturers Association (Jim Flannery, Senior Executive VP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (Assistant Administrator Jim Jones). The presentation and the meeting materials are posted on the ACI Members Only Website.
There were 3 networking events where Members could mingle over a meal such as the Networking Breakfast, the Member Dinner and Special Presentation to Cleaning For A Reason, and also at the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP Reception which closed the Mid-Year Meeting on June 18th. ACI’s President and CEO, Ernie Rosenberg presented a check to Cleaning for a Reason’s President and Founder, Debbie Sardone in the amount of $36,630 during the Mid-Year Meeting. This donation was made possible by strong member support during ACI’s charity events which were held during the 2015 ACI Convention including charity a duck race (sponsored by Shell Chemical LP), a fun run (sponsored by Procter & Gamble), and a golf tournament during the 2015 ACI Convention which totaled a $36,630 donations to Cleaning for a Reason. The SNAP national award recipients from Fulda High School (Minnesota) were recognized for their efforts to "Clean Up Germ City" and received a cash award of $5,000 sponsored by ACI member companies: Arylessence, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab, Inc., GOJO Industries, Inc. and Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.
Fall Meeting Recap
ACI’s 2015 Fall Meeting was held in Washington, DC and hosted more than 90 registrants from over 40 companies. The meeting provided a unique opportunity for attendees to learn about updates taking place in the cleaning product industry as well as a chance for them to network with others who were able to attend.
During the meeting, ACI staff members provided valuable information and updates to the participants relevant to matters pertinent to Consumer Affairs and Outreach & Communication; Government Affairs; International; Legal; Oleochemical; Research, Technology and Regulation; as well as Sustainability. Attendees were also given an update on the 2016 ACI Convention and 90th Anniversary. In addition to being briefed on the ongoing TSCA legislation, attendees were also brought up to speed on key federal and state legislative issues and the possible effects they could have on their specific areas of outreach.
Fall Meeting participants were also able to attend speaker sessions that included Larry Culleen of Arnold & Porter LLP; Martha Marrapese of Keller and Heckman LLP; and Ed Barks of Barks Communications. As always, ACI brought experts in the chemical industry to share their knowledge and updates in issues affecting the cleaning products industry; and Communications consultant, Ed Barks, provided insight on reducing a company’s reputational risk when a crisis arises. These presentation materials can be found on the Members Only Website.
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