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February 2, 2006 10:57 AM

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Former SDA President Ted Brenner Honored With Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2006 – Theodore E. “Ted” Brenner, who rose through the ranks of The Soap and Detergent Association to serve as its President for more than 20 years, is the recipient of the 2006 SDA Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes extensive or exceptional service to SDA, which promoted the growth and interests of the Association and the industries it represents, and the exercise of outstanding leadership within the Association. Mr. Brenner received the Award during SDA’s 2006 Annual Meeting and Industry Convention in Boca Raton, Florida.

“As SDA celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is very fitting that we present our Distinguished Service Award to Ted Brenner. He is someone who contributed largely to SDA’s reputation for excellence and leadership in technical, scientific and regulatory affairs,” said Ernie Rosenberg, SDA President and CEO.

Mr. Brenner joined SDA in 1963 as Assistant Technical Director, and over the years, was promoted to a variety of senior-level positions, culminating in his appointment as President in 1972.

During his tenure, SDA’s technical expertise grew and flourished as detergent ingredients came under increased environmental scrutiny. SDA’s enhanced technical capabilities helped refute many of the unfounded attacks against the industry.

Mr. Brenner’s leadership at SDA helped forge the Association’s strong working relationships with a number of federal and state regulatory agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.

SDA’s reputation as the go-to source on technical, scientific, legislative, and consumer affairs for the cleaning product and oleochemical industries was cemented during Ted Brenner’s nearly 30 years of service at SDA. He retired as President in 1993.

The Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of the late Elva D. Walker Spillane, the former National Purity LLC chief executive who served on SDA’s Board for 20 years.