2022 SOCMA Summit

The SOCMA Summit is a multi-day conference for EHS professionals, facility managers, supply chain, procurement and international trade experts, and executives charged with overall operations of the company or business unit. Review the key to pick your preferred sessions and plan your conference schedule!

Operational Excellence: EHS Best Practices for Chemical Manufacturers

Find solutions to challenges facing operations and compliance professionals in the specialty chemical industry. Join SOCMA for sessions covering a wide range of topics critical to enhancing operations, with a focus on practical strategies and ideas that attendees can take back to their facilities, including:

  • Worker health and safety
  • Environmental and chemical regulations.

Target Audience
Plant Manager/Director, Plant Supervisor, Environmental Engineer, EHS Manager/Director, EHS Specialist, Operations Manager/Director, Regulatory Affairs Managers, Regulatory Manager/Director, Technical Manager/Director, Safety Manager/Director

Supply Chain: Trends in Logistics, Trade and Procurement

Get the latest intel on timely supply chain, procurement, and trade topics. These sessions feature:

  • A deep dive on specific topics
  • Wider overview of current trends
  • Forward-looking analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the specialty chemical industry.

Target Audience
Supply Chain Manager, Sourcing Manager, Procurement Manager, Materials Manager, Trade Compliance Manager, Logistics Manager.

Translating Sustainability to EHS: How Corporate Goals Influence Operations 

Explore the impact of corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals on the business operations of specialty chemical manufacturers. Whether it is the goals set by downstream industries and customers, or the company’s own ESG goals, these sessions explore practical implications for the specialty chemical industry.

Target Audience
Sustainability Officers, EHS Manager/Director/Specialist, Operations Manager/Director. 

Executive Decision Making 

This track will provide leaders with a forum to share their experiences in managing companies and business units in today’s volatile environment. From labor shortages to economic shifts to changes in customer relationships, executives will walk away from these sessions with actionable intelligence and peer-provided ideas to better their business.

Target Audience
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, President, Executive/Senior/Vice President, Business Unit Head.


Monday, November 14

Time Session Location
1:00pm - 4:00pm Exhibitor Set-Up Grand Ballroom
1:00pm Registration Arcade Foyer
2:00pm - 3:15pm 1101: Fostering a Safety Culture
In this “speed-dating” style icebreaker, come prepared to learn and share with industry peers about new and innovative ways to continually improve and foster a culture of plant safety.

Teche / Bell Grove
1102: Totes, Trucks, Tanks and Tariffs 
In this “speed-dating” style icebreaker, come prepared to learn and share with industry peers about trends and challenges in supply chain and procurement.

Oak Valley / Madewood
3:15pm - 3:45pm Networking Break Arcade Foyer
3:45pm - 5:00pm 1201: Strategies for a Successful ChemStewards Audit 
Learn how to harmonize your approach to documentation and get step-by-step insight into the audit process through a mock ChemStewards audit, SOCMA’s environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS&S) performance improvement program.

Teche / Bell Grove
1202: Import and Export Clearance
Learn dos and don’ts for the smooth importation and exportation of goods, from tariff classification, customs appraisement, country of origin, eligibility for entry under free-trade agreements or special duty programs, and the application of anti-dumping or countervailing duty orders, among other customs requirements.

Oak Valley / Madewood
1203: Executive Fishbowl
Join your fellow company leaders for a facilitated dialogue on the topics that are top of mind for executives and leaders in the specialty chemical industry.

Fleur de Lis
5:00pm - 6:30pm Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall  


Tuesday, November 15

Time Session Location
8:00am Registration Opens Arcade Foyer
8:00am - 8:45am Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall Grand Ballroom
8:45am - 9:15am 2001: SOCMA Annual Meeting

Grand Ballroom
9:15am - 9:45am 2002: General Session: A View from Capitol Hill – What the Midterm Elections Mean for the Specialty Chemical Industry

Get up-to-date analysis of the U.S. mid-term election results and how SOCMA will strategize based on these shifts in Congress to advocate and advance our members’ priority legislative issues.

Grand Ballroom
9:45am - 10:15am Coffee and Networking Break  
10:15am - 11:10am 2101: System Integrity and Mechanical Reliability in the Era of Equipment Shortages

With hurdles and delays in equipment procurement, keeping existing equipment operating in top shape is more important than ever. Hear from experts on best practices for tracking, maintaining, and improving system integrity and mechanical reliability and extending the operational lifespan of your equipment.

Evangeline A
2102: Ethically Oriented Practices in your Supply Chain

Gain a better understanding of how the values of downstream customers can influence your supply chain decisions and learn practical solutions to ensure your suppliers reflect these values.

Evangeline C
11:15am - 12:30pm 2201: Speed Round: Emerging and Ongoing Issues in the Regulatory Landscape

Join us for a variety of “quick hits” on timely topics in the regulatory space, including:

  • Chemical and Environmental Regulations
  • Worker Health and Safety Regulations
  • Facility Security

Evangeline A
2202: Speed Round: Trends in Trade Procurement

Learn the latest intel on trade and procurement space during this speed round on topics such as:

  • Supply chain diversification
  • Risk management
  • Trade controls

Evangeline C
2203: Executive Forum: Recruitment and Retention

With the persistence of a shrinking labor pool, company leaders are rethinking their growth strategies. Join your colleagues for a facilitated dialogue on innovative solutions companies are using to overcome these challenges.

Fleur de Lis A
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall Grand Ballroom
1:15pm - 2:15pm 2003: China and the European Union - A 10-Year Outlook on Supply Chain and Logistics Challenges in the Shifting Post-COVID World

In the post-COVID world, the manufacturing landscape has shifted. Continued disruptions in China have presented opportunities for North America and the European Union. Hear a forward-looking analysis of the evolving dynamics for the specialty chemical sector in the decade to come.

Grand Ballroom
2:25pm - 3:25pm 2301: How to Conduct a Safety Training & Needs Assessment

Walk through the process of conducting a safety training needs assessment and learn tips, tricks and best practices for identifying and closing knowledge gaps.

Evangeline A
2302: Mining Waste for Value

Discover ways to responsibly remarket waste, by-product and reclaimed materials into viable products. We will cover the compliance requirements from extraction to shipping through to bringing the product to market.

Evangeline C
2303: Economic Trends and Emerging Markets

Hear from experts on the economic outlook for the North American specialty chemical market and discuss opportunities for expansion and growth.

Fleur de Lis A
3:25pm - 4:00pm Networking Break in Exhibit Hall Grand Ballroom
4:00pm - 5:00pm 2004: Translating ESG to EHS: What Corporate Sustainability Goals Mean for Your Operations

Hear from a cross-section of industry representatives on the impact of corporate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals on business operations – from supply chain and procurement, hiring and workforce, to permitting and operations and business development.

Grand Ballroom
5:00pm - 6:00pm Networking Reception Evangeline Suite
6:00pm - 7:30pm Awards Dinner & Presentation of Performance Improvement Awards Grand Ballroom


Wednesday, November 16

Time Session Location
8:00am - 9:00am Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall Grand Ballroom
9:30am Exhibitor Breakdown Grand Ballroom
8:30am - 10:30am SOCMA Executive Committee Meeting Fleur de Lis
9:00am - 10:30am Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting
Evangeline A
ChemOps Training User Group Meeting
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Evangeline C
10:30am - 12:00pm International Trade Committee Meeting
Evangeline A
Performance Improvement Committee Meeting
Evangeline C