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2014 ACI Convention Recap

Once again, ACI’s Annual Convention was successful and this year was no exception… we had the largest attendance, at Annual Convention, in the last 12 years! Nearly 900 were in attendance, from 167 different companies; attendees are from 25 different countries -- all participating in Convention events from meetings, speaker sessions and receptions to charity events! Take a look back at the ACI Convention Schedule to review key events. Members can also access presentation slides.

Among several speaker sessions, such as the annual Global Industry Update, other invited speakers included Mark Duvall (Principal, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.), Herbert Estreicher (Keller and Heckman) Cheryl Falvey (Crowell & Moring) who all presented on new California regulations. ACI also hosted its annual Executive Leadership Panel on Thursday, showcasing industry experts sharing business insights. Panelists included ACI Members Joy Atkinson (Firmenich Incorporated), Kevin Gallagher (Croda, Inc.) and Michael Heinz (BASF SE). The Friday Public Policy Forum featured political correspondent and columnist Major Garrett. Also, at special ACI events such as the Women’s Networking Forum, Hall of Fame LPGA, Annika Sörenstam spoke about "shattering the ceiling," and at an ACI Special Session, U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) spoke about key policies affecting the cleaning products industry. Longtime Amway executive Bob Hamilton received the 2014 Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award at the ACI Annual Business Meeting. To read more about it, click here.

For ACI’s Charity, the Clean the World ONE Project event, attendees collaborated to build hygiene kits for disadvantaged people. Member companies participated in teams; and Lonza Inc. won for having built the highest number of hygiene kits.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR CONVENTION SPONSORS: Air Products and Chemicals Inc., Arylessence, Inc., Amway, BASF Corporation, Church & Dwight Co., Inc., The Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Evonik Corporation, Firmenich Incorporated, FMC Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, Innospec, Lonza, Inc, MonoSol LLC, Novozymes, Oxiteno USA, LLC, PQ Corporation, The Procter & Gamble Company, Sasol, Shell Chemical LP, Seventh Generation, Stepan Company, The Sun Products Corporation and Wacker Chemie AG.

The ACI Convention hosted three engaging events:

Cleaning for a Reason Logo

The ACI Charity Duck Race is an event for all attendees that helps benefit Cleaning for a Reason, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides free residential cleaning services to women undergoing treatment for cancer. Special thanks to Shell, the official sponsor of the 2014 Charity Duck Race. Due to the popularity of this year’s new themes and contests for the Charity Duck Race – many participated in the rain to watch their ducks and corporate ducks swim down the Lazy River. Also, new this year -- decorating your organization’s corporate duck or decorating your individual duck, became a hit with participants. Many got to show their creative side!

5th Annual Charity Golf Tournament also supports Cleaning for a Reason. Awards were given for the shortest and longest drive, closest to the pin, and First Place Team. ACI helped Cleaning For a Reason raise $28,845.44, the most ever-raised!

Clean the World

During our Clean the World ONE Project event at Grande Lakes, attendees collaborated to build hygiene kits for disadvantaged people. Kits include bars of recycled soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a washcloth and an inspirational message. They will be distributed to organizations serving the homeless in Central Florida.

2014 Mid-Year Meeting Recap

The 2014 Mid-Year Meeting was held in Washington, DC June 16-18, 2014, at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel. More than 75 Members participated in ACI standing committee meetings, three speaker sessions and several networking events. Over 40 Member companies and outside organizations were represented including featured speakers from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), and BrownFlynn. Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle (CPSC) and Doug Parsons (OCSPP) shared insight on pressing issues affecting the cleaning products industry and Mike Wallace (BrownFlynn) discussed sustainability performance. The presentation and the meeting materials can all be found on the ACI Members Only Website.

The Meeting provided networking events including breakfast and lunch functions as well evening gatherings. Monday’s Member Happy Hour and Tuesday’s Reception and Dinner gave Members the opportunity to network following a long day of committee meetings each evening. A special awards ceremony and Healthy Schools, Healthy People Reception was an inspirational close to the ACI Mid-Year Meeting on the final evening, honoring the SNAP national award recipients from Dorsett Shoals Elementary School in Douglasville, GA.

2014 Mid Year Meeting members 2

Left to right: Chris Pearce (SJ Johnson) and Donna Mondimore (PMC Biogenix, Inc.)

2014 Mid Year Meeting Ann Marie Buerkle

Above: Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle

2014 Mid Year Meeting Members

Left to right: Brian Del Buono (Sun Products Corporation), Robert Nolles (Cosun Biobased Products) and Martin Wolf (Seventh Generation)

2014 Fall Meeting Recap

The Fall Meeting schedule was different in 2014. ACI Committees Fall Meetings were held on different days/times and some held in different states. Click here to view more details (schedule, venue, guestrooms, FAQs) about the Meeting.