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2018 ACI Convention Recap

2018CON MobileApp recapThis year, we launched our first-ever mobile app! Attendees were able to have Convention details such as the agenda, attendees list, messaging, etc. right at their fingertips! More than 1,000 business leaders came to the American Cleaning Institute’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Industry Convention, representing 176 companies and 27 countries, to network, participate in business-to-business meetings, committee meetings, receptions, charity events as well as strategic motivational speaker sessions.

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Speaker Sessions

Several speaker events took place throughout the week, with experts sharing must-have information for attendees. Many of the presentations are available on the ACI Members Only Website (MOW).

ACI’s Global Industry Updates hosted International Association Executives sharing key issues affecting the cleaning products industry in their country or region:  Bronwyn Capanna (Australia), Shannon Coombs (Canada), Roberto Scazzola (Europe), Sanjay Trivedi (India), Tsutomu Katagiri (Japan) and Carlos Berzunza (Mexico).

The Consumer Panel Presentation, "Coming Clean with Millennials. The deep, down and dirty when it comes to the task at hand." was highly ranked by attendees. The session was sponsored by Takasago International Corporation (USA) and moderated by Janis Gaudelli. Attendees listened to millennials talk about what cleaning products they purchase, cleaning habits and their best practices for using these products.

At the ACI Issues Briefing, Standing Committee Leaders and ACI staff updated the audience on their committees’ top priority issues and the most recent technical and outreach work on liquid laundry packets and ACI sustainability initiatives.

Olympic Medalist Bonnie St. John spoke about her experiences in overcoming hardships and obstacles in her life and turning them into wins. Her session focused on High Performance Resilience and how each person, if armed with the right attitude and a desire to win, can overcome anything that is thrown their way. The first 25 attendees received an autographed copy of her book, "Micro-Resilience."

An educational workshop hosted by Heidi Berenson of Berenson Communications, Be a PRO@CON-troversy: Touch & Go from any Question to YOUR Message, focused on effectively communicating timely and critical information.

Women’s Networking Forum and Panel, sponsored by BASF Corporation, provided a unique opportunity to learn about Inclusive Leadership: Leveraging Differences to Drive Business Results. Attendees gained insider tips through this timely topic from Jennifer Thorpe-Moscon (Catalyst) and panel of ACI Board of Directors Linda Rendle (The Clorox Company), Audra Davies (Amway) and Scott Thomson (BASF Corporation). This forum shared insights on how to overcome differences to succeed in creating positive business results.

The 3rd annual Innovation & New Technology Showcase invited ACI member companies to the stage to highlight their companies’ latest technology or product. Presenters selected to speak at the 2018 Showcase were:  Ben Sales (Ashland Specialty Ingredients), Peter Stuut (Corbion), Greg Smith (Croda), Robert Butterick (The Dow Chemical Company), John Shaw (Itaconix), James A. Faunce (Stepan Company), Gurpreet Kohli (Unilever). If you are interested in submitting an abstract for the 2019 Innovation & New Technology Showcase, contact Nancy Bock.

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Industry Awards

Ernie Rosenberg, ACI’s former President & CEO, was presented the ACI Chairman’s Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership of the association from 1999-2017. To read more about Mr. Rosenberg and this great honor, click here.

Former ACI Board Chairman Tom O’Brien was awarded the 2018 Elva Walker Spillane Distinguished Service Award. He retired from his role as Senior Vice President of the Performance Chemicals division at Sasol. To learn more about Mr. O’Brien’s many contributions to the cleaning products industry, click here.

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Future Leaders Forum

2018CON FutureLeadersACI held its inaugural Future Leaders Forum – a highly interactive session utilizing the process of Design Thinking to develop a program for young professionals in our industry. This event was ACI’s first step in defining a long lasting and valuable future leaders program at ACI. For more information about this new program, contact Melissa Grande.

9th Annual Golf Tournament

2018CON MDA 9038ACI’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament, sponsored by Lonza Inc. moved to Monday with an increase in participation and kicked off Convention week with an opportunity for golfers to give back while testing their golfing skills on The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club®, Orlando, Grande Lakes. Proceeds from the Golf Tournament benefitted Clean the World. Congratulations to these members! Winning Team: Michaela Binder (VVF Ltd.), Steven Byrd (VVF Ltd.), Mark Saitta (Veolia NA Regeneration Services), Gordon Geist (Nease Co., LLC); Closest to the Pin: Matt Dale (Stolthaven Terminals); Longest Drive: Mark Saitta (Veolia NA Regeneration Services); Shortest Drive: Gordon Geist (Nease Co., LLC).

ACI would like to offer a special thanks to Ginkgo Bioworks, The Ropella Group, VVF Ltd. and Nancy Bock for sponsoring holes for the Golf Tournament.

6th Annual Hygiene Kit Build

P&G Chemicals sponsored the 2018 Clean the World Hygiene Kit Build; the charity event gives attendees a way to network while building 5,000 hygiene kits for Fisher House Orlando (for veterans in need in the Orlando community). Special kudos to these members for building the most hygiene kits: Individual: Jeff Graham (Mattpak Inc.); Member Company Team: Lonza Inc.

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4th Annual Fun Run/Walk

This year’s 5K was sponsored by Lubrizol Home Care. This early morning "race" was professionally timed and provided runners and walkers the opportunity to improve their speed over a 5k course. Mikael Bechsgaard (Novozymes) and Dennis Senackerib (Keystone Aniline Corporation) took home recognition for the fastest runners. Scott Mobley (The Clorox Company) and Anne Drewer (BYK USA Inc.) crossed the finish line as the fastest walkers. Recognition for most enthusiastic participants went to Charles-Henri Levaillant (Solvay SA) and Yash Parulekar (MonoSol, a Kuraray Division).

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7th Annual Charity Duck Race

Duck race enthusiasts flocked to the JW Marriott’s Lazy River for the 2018 Charity Duck Race which was sponsored by Shell Chemical LP. Decorated ducks "swam" down the Lazy River towards the finish line with their cheer squad on the sidelines. New this year – the FACE Your Duck (XTRA LARGE duck) could be decorated to wear the face of the company CEO or other MVP! Approximately $45,480 was raised for Clean the World. A recap of the race can be seen by watching the video. The lucky ducks, er – winners are, in the Single Duck category, Cross the Finish Line:  1st – Billie Gilbert (Procter & Gamble), 2nd – Jon Moon (Shell Chemical LP), 3rd – Jacob Cassady (American Cleaning Institute), Lame Duck/Last Duck – Deborah Anderson (Evonik Corporation); Corporate Duck category:  1st to Cross the Finish Line – Church & Dwight Co., Inc., 1st - Best Decorated – Arylessence, Inc., 2nd - Best Decorated – JemPak Corporation, 3rd - Best Decorated – Procter & Gamble; FACE Your Duck category:  1st to Cross the Line – Arylessence, Inc., 1st - Best Decorated – Arylessence, Inc.

A special thank you to the following companies for purchasing a Corporate Duck: AmwayArylessence, Inc.,BASF CorporationBrenntag North America, BYK USA, Celeste Industries CorporationChurch & Dwight Co., Inc.Clariant Corporation, The Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Corbion, Croda, Evonik Corporation, Firmenich IncorporatedHappi/Rodman PublishingHuntsman Corporation, JemPak Corporation, Lonza Inc.MonoSol, a Kuraray DivisionNovozymesPilot Chemical CompanyProcter & GambleSasol, Shell Chemical LPStepan Company, Wacker Chemical Corporation. And XTRA special thanks to the following companies for purchasing a FACE Your Duck:  Arylessence, Inc., Oxiteno, SC Johnson, and Shell Chemical LP.

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2018 ACI Convention Sponsors

A BIG thank you to our Convention Sponsors: AmwayArylessence, Inc.,BASF CorporationBrenntag North America, BYK USA, Celeste Industries Corporation, C&EN, Chemical Week, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.Clariant Corporation, The Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Corbion, Croda, The Dow Chemical Company, DuPont Industrial Biosciences, Evonik Corporation, Firmenich Incorporated, Ginkgo Bioworks, Givaudan Fragrances Corporation, Happi/Rodman PublishingHuntsman Corporation, JemPak Corporation, Lonza Inc., Lubrizol Home Care, MonoSol, a Kuraray Division, Novozymes North America, Inc.Oxiteno, Pilot Chemical CompanyProcter & Gamble, The Ropella Group, Sasol, SC Johnson, Shell Chemical LPStepan Company,Together for Sustainability (TfS), VVF Ltd., Wacker Chemical Corporation.

2018 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap

IMG 2815ACI's 2018 Mid-Year Meeting took place at our headquarters in Washington DC from June 18th - 20th, giving 118 registrants a chance to network, discuss current trends in the cleaning products industry and strategize during meetings of our experts standing committees.

An opening presentation from Nathan Brown and Howard Sklamberg from Akin Grump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP walked members through how to prepare for a facility inspection from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

In preparation for the upcoming ingredient disclosure requirements, briefings provided just-in-time information to companies preparing for changes in on-pack and online disclosures.


Larry Culleen of Arnold & Porter discussed California’s Cleaning Product Right to Know Act and New York’s Household Cleansing Product Information Disclosure Program, while Jim Flannery from the Grocery Manufacturers Association explained the work being done with the new Smartlabel® program and how it applies to cleaning products.

Sustainability was also a topic of interest, with the introduction of recommendations to update ACI’s sustainability framework.

A highlight of the Meeting was recognizing some of the great work going on in youth community outreach. Dwayne Sattler of the ChemicalIMG 0031 Education Foundation stopped by to highlight the success of their You Be the Chemist program and related STEM-related education efforts. In addition, ACI awarded Kittitas Secondary School FCCLA from Washington state the 2018 "Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It's a SNAP" National Award for their "Paws for the Handwashing Cause" initiative. Thank you to Amway, Arylessence, Inc., The Clorox Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab Inc., Georgia-Pacific Professional, Henkel Corporation, RB and Seventh Generation, Inc. for sponsoring this year's awards program.

Members got to relax and experience "summer cool" networking dinner events after day-long meetings. The first evening included a DC landmarks cruise aboard the Odyssey while the second evening involved high-tech golfing at Topgolf. Participants brought their "A" game to the driving range where players earned points for accurate shots. Competition was fierce yet friendly!

IMG 2248What came through loud and clear throughout the networking, presentations and committee conversations is that there are key issues bringing the cleaning products supply chain together like never before. With ingredient disclosure laws coming into effect and a growing distrust of chemicals regardless of risk, there is a need to refocus the safety conversation and highlight the positive balance of health impacts from cleaning products. The collaborative work of the American Cleaning Institute and its members will play an important role in this, providing consumers transparent and trusted information to help them make informed decisions.

ACI members can access the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting materials and presentations on our Members Only Website.