The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) recently announced that Mike Ott, president and CEO of Polysciences, Inc., has been elected to serve a two-year term as chairman. Ott takes the helm during SOCMA’s 100th anniversary year and will lead the board of governors in providing strategic guidance and value creation in alignment with the organization’s mission.

During SOCMA’s Annual Meeting, which was held virtually on December 10, 2020, the membership also confirmed a new Executive Committee and elected six members to the class of 2023. Officers newly appointed to the Executive Committee include:

  • 1st Vice Chair—Kate Donahue, Hampford Research, Inc.
  • 2nd Vice Chair/Treasurer—Chuck Hinton, Ethox Chemicals
  • Secretary—Mara Gliozzi, McGean
  • Immediate Past Chair—Gene Williams, Optima Chemical Group

Members of the Class of 2023 include:

  • Christopher Brotherton, Ortec, Inc.
  • David Fortune, La Petite Roche Technologies
  • Larry Ito, Halliburton Chemicals
  • William Kersey, Avatar Corp.
  • Clayton Pace, ChemQuest Chemicals
  • Cynthia Peterson, Howard Industries

“I am particularly excited to lead SOCMA into 2021,” Ott said. “As we celebrate a ‘Century of Solutions,’ the association is well-positioned for growth. SOCMA’s recent acquisition of the Specialty & Custom Chemicals Show brings expanded networking and business development opportunities and extends our presence in the chemicals value chain. With a new administration coming into office in the US, specialty chemical manufacturers will need SOCMA more than ever to be our champion, advocating for policies that positively impact our businesses. As a longtime member of SOCMA, I can attest there is no other association better positioned represent our unique interests. 

“As I begin my tenure, I especially look forward to working with my new Board colleagues who bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to our leadership team. Their creativity and know-how will be instrumental in helping build upon the solid foundation set before us, making the organization stronger and more sustainable for years to come.”

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