Tuesday, February 20
JW Marriott Nashville – Symphony Ballroom

8:15am CT

Keynote Presentation by Robert Fry

The specialty chemical sector continues to experience external inconsistencies that impacted business conditions in 2023, making it almost impossible to clearly forecast for 2024. When will current conditions turn around? Here from our economic expert on key trends, indicators and drivers the industry should be watching as they make key business decisions.

Sponsored by Ascent Chemicals and Moderated by President Bryan Kitchen

This session is included with SOCMA Show Attendee and Exhibitor Registration. Register to join us in Nashville. For more information, contact us at info@socma.org.


Bryan Kitchen, Ascent Chemicals

Bryan Kitchen is the President of Ascent Chemicals, where he is focused on unleashing the company’s fullest growth potential through operational excellence and go-to-market initiatives that leverage the unique process development and engineering capabilities of the company.

Bryan has nearly two decades of senior leadership experience in the chemicals industry, having held management roles for several global industry leaders. Prior to joining Ascent Chemicals, he served as president, CEO and chairman of the board for Clearon Corp.

Keynote Speaker

Robert C. Fry, Jr, PhD

Robert Fry is Chief Economist of Robert Fry Economics LLC, where he analyzes and forecasts the global economy to guide business decision-makers. Robert publishes a monthly newsletter, Current Economic Conditions, and speaks on the economic outlook to corporate leadership teams, customer/supplier events, and trade association meetings.

As the most accurate macroeconomic forecaster, Robert will provide analysis on the global economy and its impact on businesses and the chemical supply chain.