Lawrence D. (Larry) Sloan, newly appointed president of The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), looks back at his career with The Adhesive and Sealant Council, Inc. (ASC).
Over the nine years that I have worked at The Adhesive and
Sealant Council, Inc. (ASC), the industry we represent has undergone
significant changes. Increasing global competition, mergers and acquisitions,
the rise of “green” products and customer demands for sustainability,
fluctuations in the availability of key feedstocks, geopolitical challenges,
and natural disasters … the list goes on. The ASC, too, has changed, and exists
today as a more vibrant and financially secure organization than ever before.
As I transition to my new position at the helm of The Society of Chemical
Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), I look back on numerous positive
achievements. First and foremost, we have assumed a key role in “growing the
industry.” The creation of Adhesives.org
(and its integrated TechSelect
Tool), a new Adhesive CAD symbol, end-user webinars, and market research into
the perceptions and needs of engineers and designers about adhesives illustrate
the significant progress we’ve made. The importance of this initiative cannot
be overstated; it’s embodied in our vision statement: Serving as a
catalyst for industry growth.
Continuing to educate the
design-engineering community strengthens our industry’s value proposition, thus
benefitting adhesive and sealant manufacturers and their supply chain partners.
Look for the ASC to build stronger relationships with end-user stakeholders in
the years ahead.
Community is critical to the viability of any organization. The creation of
member peer groups (such as HR and chief technology officers) and numerous
committees has enabled individuals of similar backgrounds to come together,
exchange ideas, and network. ASC conventions and expos unite the industry and
provide a forum for fostering new relationships. Who could forget the 2008
World Adhesive Conference that attracted close to 1,000 delegates?
ASC’s educational offerings are well known throughout the industry. Our
technical short courses and expanding Web-based seminar programs underscore the
importance of professional development as a core service. For example, next
month the ASC unveils its new “Adhesives 101” webinar series aimed at
non-technical professionals and end users, which complements a full schedule of
technical formulator and business training courses.
With the change in Presidential administrations, our government affairs efforts
have increased. Through coalitions with other trade groups here in Washington, the ASC
stands ready to defend the industry’s interests, whether the issue is TSCA
reform, emissions trading, or plant security.
The close personal relationships I've developed with an incredible staff and a
dynamic membership have made each ASC success even more rewarding. I leave
knowing the ASC has done good work, and is positioned to accomplish even
greater good under my successor’s lead. May the ASC continue to demonstrate a
strong ROI to its membership in the years ahead.