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2017 ACI Convention Recap

The American Cleaning Institute’s 2017 Convention was the place to be for anyone in the cleaning products industry. The event gathered more than 960 attendees from 180 companies from 28 countries. This annual event continued its tradition of providing great opportunities to network, attend business-to-business meetings and learn about new trends and developments in the industry.

Speaker Sessions

2017 Convention Consumer PanelThe Consumer Panel Presentation "Beyond the Surface: Consumers Decode the Nooks, Crannies and Crevices of Cleaning" was sponsored by Takasago International Corporation (USA) and moderated by Janis Gaudelli. This informative panel provided attendees the opportunity to learn directly from consumers what cleaning products they purchase and what their best practices are for using them. The panel was well received and provided valuable insight to attendees.

2017 Convention Speaker, Jeff SkilesU.S. Airways Flight 1549 Co-Pilot Jeff Skiles of "The Miracle on the Hudson" provided an inspiring recount of the fateful experience he shared on a bitterly cold day in January 2009 with Pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger. The Airbus A320 suffered complete engine loss after encountering a flock of geese, which forced a landing in the Hudson River with 150 people and five crewmembers onboard. Mr. Skiles’ captivating retelling of the event enthralled attendees. One of the key messages that Mr. Skiles shared was the importance of being able to remain calm when faced with a crisis thereby effectively managing the best outcome.

ACI speaker sessions included Global Updates providing insight from Browyn Capanna (Australia), Shannon Coombs (Canada), Susanne Zanker (Europe), Sanjay Trivedi (India), Tsutomu Katagiri (Japan) and Carlos Berzunza (Mexico).

2017 Convention Innovation PanelA Legal Committee Panel Presentation provided attendees to learn about mergers, acquisitions and the role of the in-house counsel. The presentation was provided by Brian J. Del Buono of The Sun Products Corporation.

For the second year, ACI provided the Innovation & New Technologies Showcase during its Annual Meeting, giving ACI member companies a chance to highlight new products, ingredients, technologies and packaging innovations. The member company’s presentations are available on the ACI Members Only Website from the following individuals: Thom Stephens (AkzoNobel Chemicals LLC); Joseph Lupia (BASF Corporation); Robert Nolles (Cosun Biobased Products); Johan Jansen Storbacka (DuPont Industrial Biosciences); George A. Smith (Huntsman Corporation) and Roberto Garaffa (Solvay).

Presentation slides from the panel and showcase sessions are available on the ACI Members Only Website.

Industry Award

Dale Steichen (left) receives 2017 Distinguished Service Award

The recipient of the 2017 Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award was was Dr. Dale Steichen (pictured left, with ACI Board Chair, Tom O'Brien (Sasol)) , currently the Chief Scientist at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. To learn more about Dr. Steichen’s many contributions to the cleaning products industry, click here.

3rd Annual Fun Run

Despite a slight chill in the air, more than 60 attendees gathered early in the morning to get their daily steps in and compete for the fastest to most enthusiastic runner/walker recognition for the 3rd Annual Fun Run/Fun Walk. The event, which was professionally timed, provided runners and walkers an opportunity to improve of their speed over a 5k course. Dennis Senackerib (Keystone Aniline Corporation) and Joel Geny (Solvay SA) took home recognition for the fastest runners. Nick Pivonka (Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP) crossed the finish line as the fastest walker. Recognition for most enthusiastic participants went to Peter Stuut (Corbion) and Nick Pivonka (Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP).

Convention Charity Events

There were several opportunities for attendees to give back during the Convention. ACI hosted events that benefited Cleaning for a Reason and Clean the World.

2017 Convention Duck Race

Quack for a Reason Charity Duck Race

Sunny skies and warm temperatures drew a record crowd of race enthusiasts out to the 2017 Charity Duck Race which was officially sponsored by Shell Chemical LP. As ducks swam towards the finish line, the crowd cheered them on. Through generous attendee support, $50,050 was raised for Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit that provides free house cleaning to women being treated for cancer. A recap of the race can be seen by watching the video.

A special thank you to the following companies for purchasing a Corporate Duck: Acme-Hardesty Co., AkzoNobel Chemicals LLCAmwayArylessence, Inc.,BASF CorporationBrenntag North AmericaCCL BrandingCeleste Industries CorporationChurch & Dwight Co., Inc.Clariant Corporation, The Clorox CompanyCorbionFirmenich IncorporatedHappi/Rodman PublishingHuntsman CorporationJemPak GK Inc.Lonza Inc.MonoSol, a Kuraray DivisionNovozymesPilot Chemical CompanyProcter & GambleSasolSeventh Generation,Shell Chemical LPStepan CompanyVi-Jon Inc. and Wacker Chemical Corporation.

Golf Tournament

The 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament provided golfers with an opportunity to give back, unwind and test their golfing skills on the renowned Grande Lakes golf course. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament benefitted Cleaning for a Reason. Golf awards were presented during the Closing Ceremony for the following categories:

Winning Team:
Thomas O’Brien (Sasol) 
Paul Muir (CDI Global)
Fleetwood Grobler (Sasol)

Shortest Drive:
Daniel Summers (Church & Dwight Co., Inc.)

Closest to the Pin & Longest Drive:
Paul Muir (CDI Global)

ACI would like to offer a special thanks to Dale Steichen and The Ropella Group for sponsoring holes for the Golf Tournament.

2017Con Golf

2017 Convention Hygiene Kit BuildHygiene Kit Build

Firmenich Incorporated once again sponsored the 2017 Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build which gave attendees a way to network while nearly building 10,000 hygiene kits for organizations in the Orlando community that provide support to those in need. While the competition was fierce, the individual winner of the 2017 kit build was Billie Gilbert of Procter & Gamble who will participate in a distribution trip to Las Vegas while Lonza Inc. won recognition for the company that built the most kits. For its efforts Lonza Inc. will receive hygiene kits from Clean the World that will be distributed within their local community at a later date. Clean the World recycles hotel soap and toiletries and donates them to the needy in communities around the world.

ACI Convention Sponsors

ACI would like to give a special thanks to the 2017 Convention Sponsors: Acme-Hardesty Co., AkzoNobel Chemicals LLCAmwayArylessence, Inc., BASF CorporationBrenntag North AmericaCCL BrandingCeleste Industries CorporationChurch & Dwight Co., Inc.Clariant Corporation, The Clorox CompanyColgate-Palmolive CompanyCorbionThe Dow Chemical CompanyDuPont Industrial BiosciencesEvonik CorporationFirmenich IncorporatedGivaudan Fragrances CorporationHappi/Rodman PublishingHuntsman CorporationICISIHS Chemical WeekJemPak GK Inc.Lonza Inc.Lubrizol Advanced MaterialsMonoSol, a Kuraray DivisionNovozymesOxitenoPilot Chemical CompanyProcter & GambleSasolShell Chemical LPSolvay NovecareStepan CompanyTakasago International Corporation (USA)The Ropella GroupVi-JonWacker Chemical Corporation and  William Kendrick Co./

2017 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap

2017 Mid-Year Meeting Whats NewACI’s 2017 Mid-Year Meeting drew more than 100 attendees from 40 companies together to learn about industry updates and issues currently facing the U.S. cleaning products industry. The meeting was held at ACI’s Washington, DC offices.

2017 Mid-Year Meeting Sustainability Speaker Chris Sayner, CrodaThe 2017 Mid-Year Meeting opened with a speaker session that provided an overview of the impact of carbon emissions and climate change and how companies can and are addressing it. The session featured Sarah Law, of CDP who provided attendees insights on industry trends and examples of corporate approaches to climate change. Chris Sayer of Croda (pictured right), was also on hand to provide a company perspective on the topic and examples of projects Croda has taken on to address the challenge of decarbonization.

Brian Prenda of Van Scoyoc Associates provided attendees a briefing of pending legislation currently impacting the cleaning products industry. This included the legislative agenda for 2017, efforts to reduce federal regulations and presidential nominations as well as an analysis of the Congressional leadership and the potential consequences of a Republican majority in both houses of Congress and the White House.

Members attended committee meetings related to Sustainability, Government Affairs, Consumer Affairs and Outreach, Communications, Convention, Legal, International, Research, Technology and Regulation, Oleochemical in addition to Strategic Advisory. There were also three networking events that provided attendees the opportunity to socialize and catch up with each other. ACI Members can view the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting materials or presentations.