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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.

2017 Mid-Year Meeting Whats New2017 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap

ACI’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, Croda

The 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 (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, 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.

2016 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap

The 2016 ACI Mid-Year Meeting was held at ACI’s office in Washington, DC from June 13th – 15th and provided an opportunity for the nearly 100 attendees to attend standing committee meetings, to learn about updates in the industry as well as a chance to network with other participants. Thirty-six Member companies were represented in-person and also via Skype for Business participation.

2016 Mid-Year Meeting Todd Metrokin presents the The Millennial Impact
Todd Metrokin of Ogilvy Public Relations

During the Meeting, Members had the opportunity to participate in a speaker session given by Todd Metrokin of Ogilvy Public Relations which provided insight into The Millennial Impact: 2016 and Beyond. During a networking lunch, attendees were also able to receive updates from Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle of the United States

2016 Mid-Year Meeting Commissioner Buerkle and ACI CEO Ernie Rosenberg
US Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Anne Marie Buerkle with ACI’s President and CEO Ernie Rosenberg

Consumer Product Safety Commission. Commissioner Buerkle discussed the laundry packet voluntary standard, general chemical management matters as well as other priorities that were in front of the Commission. The presentation and meeting materials from the 2016 Mid-Year Meeting are posted on the ACI Members Only Website.

2016 Mid-Year Meeting ACI's 90th Anniversary Reception Tom O'Brien
Chairman of the Board Tom O’Brien enjoying ACI’s 90th Anniversary Celebration

There were several opportunities for Members to network and mingle during the Meeting. There was an additional opportunity for members and their guests to catch up during the 90th Anniversary Reception, that was held Wednesday, July 15th at ACI’s offices. ACI’s 90th Anniversary marks a milestone in the efforts on the part of the cleaning product industry to impact and improve the quality of life for consumers.

Ernie Rosenberg with "Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP!" 2016 Award Recipients from McBride High School, Long Beach, CA and Tom O’Brien ACI’s Chairman of the Board
Ernie Rosenberg with "Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP!" 2016 Award Recipients from McBride High School, Long Beach, CA and Tom O’Brien ACI’s Chairman of the Board

During the June Board of Directors Meeting the 2016 Healthy Schools, Healthy People It’s a SNAP national award recipients from McBride High School (Long Beach, California) presented their "Soapy Warriors" project to ACI’s Board of Directors. The ACI member companies who helped sponsor this year’s national awards program were: Arylessence, Inc.Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab, Inc., GOJO Industries, Inc., Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. and Water Journey Ltd.

2015 ACI Mid-Year Meeting Recap

This year, the Mid-Year Meeting was once again held in Washington, DC at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel from June 16-17th. Nearly 100 registrants participated in the Mid-Year Meeting, and of the 44 companies represented, 33 were Member companies. As Mid-Year Meeting continues to bring expertise to the table, there were 4 speaker sessions and the standing committees also provided guest speakers at their meetings. The speaker sessions introduced experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (Marie Wheat, Program Manager for BioPreferred), U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Chairman Elliot Kaye), Grocery Manufacturers Association (Jim Flannery, Senior Executive VP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (Assistant Administrator Jim Jones). The presentation and the meeting materials are posted on the ACI Members Only Website.

There were 3 networking events where Members could mingle over a meal such as the Networking Breakfast, the Member Dinner and Special Presentation to Cleaning For A Reason, and also at the Healthy Schools, Healthy People, It’s a SNAP Reception which closed the Mid-Year Meeting on June 18th. ACI’s President and CEO, Ernie Rosenberg presented a check to Cleaning for a Reason’s President and Founder, Debbie Sardone in the amount of $36,630 during the Mid-Year Meeting. This donation was made possible by strong member support during ACI’s charity events which were held during the 2015 ACI Convention including charity a duck race (sponsored by Shell Chemical LP), a fun run (sponsored by Procter & Gamble), and a golf tournament during the 2015 ACI Convention which totaled a $36,630 donations to Cleaning for a Reason. The SNAP national award recipients from Fulda High School (Minnesota) were recognized for their efforts to "Clean Up Germ City" and received a cash award of $5,000 sponsored by ACI member companies: Arylessence, Inc., Colgate-Palmolive Company, Ecolab, Inc., GOJO Industries, Inc. and Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

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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 65 Members participated in ACI standing committee meetings, three speaker sessions and several networking events. Over 40 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.

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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)

2013 June Member Meeting Recap

The 2013 June Member Meeting was held at the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) headquarters office in Washington, DC June 17-19, 2013. The meeting drew more than 60 attendees from 34 ACI member companies. Members participated in ACI standing committee meetings and three speaker sessions. Speakers included Mark N. Duvall, Esq. of Beveridge & Diamond, Alexandra Scranton of Women's Voices for the Earth and Adam Siegel of Retail Industry Leaders Association. These speakers spoke on timely industry topics including health and hygiene, chemical management and retailer sustainability. The meeting included a networking reception at The Donovan House, allowing time for members to relax and mingle with their colleagues.

The presentation and the meeting materials can all be found on the ACI Members Only Website.


2012 Mid Year Meeting Recap

The American Cleaning Institute met at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Special presentations were given by Debbie Carr (AAPCC), Bryan Brooks (Baylor University) and Tony Walker (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). The presentation and the meeting materials can all be found on the ACI Members Only Website.

2011 Mid Year Meeting Recap

StevenJost MidYearMeeting2011The American Cleaning Institute once again delivered value to members from 25 companies during the May Mid-Year Meeting. Focused discussions on the strategic plan priorities of outreach, sustainability and chemical management were the focus of standing committee meetings. Mr. Steven Jost (right), Associate Director for Communications; U.S. Census Bureau presented on the topic of "Mobilizing a Nation for a New Portrait of America – and the Results". The presentation and the meeting materials can all be found on the ACI Members Only Website.