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ACI Announces Promotions for Senior Team Members

  • Douglas Troutman, Brian Sansoni Named Senior Vice Presidents
  • Ceara Flake Appointed Assistant General Counsel

Washington, D.C. – December 17, 2018 – The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the trade association for the cleaning product supply chain, announced promotions for team members Douglas Troutman, Brian Sansoni and Ceara Flake.

"We are fortunate to have an outstanding group of leaders working for ACI and the cleaning product supply chain at-large," said Melissa Hockstad, ACI President and CEO. "Every day, Doug, Brian and Ceara demonstrate hard work, dedication and passion in service to a membership and an industry that brings critical products to market that enhance health and quality of life."

Troutman is now General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Government Affairs. He joined ACI in 2007 as Director of Government Affairs, later being named General Counsel and Vice President, Government Affairs. Troutman came to ACI from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Inc.’s Washington, D.C. office, where he was Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs. He previously worked as Senior Manager, Government Relations, at the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in Arlington, Virginia. Troutman was also a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter from 1992 to 1996.

Sansoni is now Senior Vice President, Communications, Outreach & Membership. Since joining ACI in 2000, he has led ACI external communications efforts and served in various leadership roles in the sustainability, membership and outreach arenas. Sansoni previously served as Senior Manager for Public Policy Communications at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, was a press secretary for four Members of Congress, and a radio news reporter in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Most recently he was Vice President of Communications, Outreach and Membership.

Flake is now Assistant General Counsel. Prior to joining ACI in 2015 as Director of Legal Affairs, she served as a contract attorney on behalf of a range of multinational corporations; an adjunct professor at Howard University’s School of Legal Communication and the District of Columbia School of Law; an associate attorney at Temple Law Offices in Washington, D.C.; and a Judicial Law Clerk at the Superior Court of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The American Cleaning Institute®(ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.