Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan New Site for SOCMA 94th Annual Dinner

Educational session with industry trade press to highlight event

Nov 05, 2015, 09:00 ET from Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) will hold its 94th Annual Dinner at a new location – the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan in New York City – and feature an educational session with leading chemical industry trade press.

A time-honored tradition, SOCMA's Annual Dinner brings together hundreds of specialty chemical industry leaders and their customers for an evening of fine dining, networking and celebration.

To kick off the event, representatives from four chemical industry trade publications have confirmed their spot in a panel discussion on the latest perspectives and issues impacting specialty chemical manufacturers. Joining SOCMA on the panel is Rob Westervelt, Editor-in-Chief at IHS Chemical Week; John Lane, Vice President of U.S. Sales and Marketing for Speciality Chemicals Magazine; Joseph Chang, ‎Global Editor at ICIS Chemical Business; and Rick Mullin, Senior Editor at Chemical & Engineering News.

"With Toxic Substances Control Act reform, international trade agreements, and a number of economic issues at the forefront in Congress and the media, SOCMA is pleased to welcome some of the top reporters, editors and marketing experts from our chemical industry publications to share their insight on these topics that significantly impact the specialty chemical industry," said Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President and CEO.

Another highlight of the evening is recognition of SOCMA's Performance Improvement and Sustainability Award winners. "Honoring the achievements of our ChemStewards® participants each year helps reinforce our members' commitment to developing a safety culture and implementing sustainable practices at their facilities," Sloan said.

SOCMA's donation to the American Chemical Society's Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to underrepresented minority students pursuing a degree in chemistry or a related field, is another great tradition at SOCMA's Annual Dinner.

Dr. Phillip Schneider, a business expert, environmental engineer and psychologist who specializes in strategic planning and futurism by integrating technology with the human element of operational excellence is the featured entertainment. He plans to look at "The Chemical Industry, Past, Present and Future" and "Why We are Only Now Scratching the Surface of its Potential." Dr. Schneider has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 industries, including Dow Chemical, Yankee Nuclear and Exxon Mobil. He currently is a liaison to the White House on energy, safety and the environment.

Dr. Schneider is known not only as an informative speaker but also an entertaining one. He uses humor to accentuate his points, and he is a frequent host and guest speaker on the DC banquet circuit.

SOCMA will elect a new Board of Governors Chairman and its next class of board members during the annual business meeting. The Government Relations team will also provide an update on the association's grassroots advocacy network, SOCMA CONNECT.

Registration fee for both the dinner and reception is waived for credentialed press, but space is limited. Contact Jenny Gaines at (202) 721-4123 to RSVP.  For hotel reservations, call 1-212-977-4000 or register online here.

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Media Contact:
Jenny Gaines
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(202) 721-4123


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