2023 SOCMA Summit & Annual Meeting

Summit Agenda
(Subject to Change)

 

Sunday, November 5


SOCMA Executive Committee & Board Dinner
4:00pm-6:00pm SOCMA Executive Committee Meeting
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor

 
 
6:30pm SOCMA Board of Governors Dinner
Off-Site
Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm CT.


 
 

Monday, November 6


SOCMA Board of Governors
8:30am - 9:00am Board of Governors Breakfast
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor
 
 

 
9:00am - 12:00pm Board of Governors Meeting
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor 

 

 
SOCMA Summit 
12:00pm - 7:00pm Registration Open
Parish Hall - 10th Floor
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12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
Parish Hall - 10th Floor
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Concurrent Sessions
1:30pm - 3:00pm 1101: Toolbox Talks - Building Safety Culture from Lessons Learned
La Fourche & Pointe Coupee - 9th Floor

Join a fast-paced, highly interactive small group discussion led by recipients of SOCMA’s Safety Recognition Program. Tap into the wealth of collective wisdom amongst your peers to develop actionable strategies that drive safety excellence within your organization.

Speakers: Paul Ameis, WTS; Jarod Kindell, NASi; Wesley McSwain, South Coast Terminals; Jason Roe, Milliken; Willie Urrutia, Monument Chemical; Ray Vermillion, Ashland; Tom Willis, ChemDesign

Operational Excellence
1:30pm - 3:00pm 1102: Executive Fishbowl
Feliciana East / West - 10th Floor

Exclusively for c-suite manufacturer executives, this closed session combines informal networking and peer to peer conversations to address challenges in the specialty and batch chemical industry. Share your successes and learn from others during this unique fishbowl.
(Open to Manufacturing Executives Only)

Moderator: 
Alan Dyke, ProChem, Inc.

 
Leadership and Business Strategies
1:30pm - 3:00pm 1103: Building Bonds - Getting Inside the Minds of SOCMA Members
St. Landry - 9th Floor

With specialty chemical manufacturers facing economic challenges and budgets tight, it’s more important than ever for industry service providers to understand their most pressing needs and how they can provide solutions. This is your opportunity to hear directly from SOCMA team members who are on the front lines with these companies to glean a better understanding of how you can break through the noise and get their attention.

Speakers: Robert F. Helminiak, SOCMA; Joe Dettinger, SOCMA; Erika Krueger, SOCMA

Business Strategies
Break
3:00pm - 3:30pm Networking Break
9th Floor Foyer
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Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm - 4:45pm 1201: International Trade - Strategies for Establishing Import and Export Programs
St. Landry - 9th Floor

Discover actionable stategies to successfully establish an import and export program tailored to the specialty chemical manufacturing industry. This practical session will provide attendees with a concrete understanding of the common import and export challenges and solutions that they can take back to their facilities.

Speaker: Bob Stang, Husch Blackwell; Jeffrey Neeley, Husch Blackwell
 

Chemical Supply Chain Management
3:30pm - 4:45pm 1202: Facility Permitting - How to Plan in the Environmental Justice Era
La Fourche/Pointe - 9th Floor

Gain valuable insights, practical strategies, and expert guidance on navigating the permitting process with a focus on environmental justice. Attendees will gain a better understanding of EPA's focus on environmental justice and what it means for chemical manufacturers, as well as real-world examples of the implementation of environmental justice at the state and local level.

Speakers: ‚Äč
Devin Barry, Thompson Hine LLP; Sandy Cernick, Pressure Chemical; Adam Pingel, Monument Chemical
 
Operational Excellence and Safety
3:30pm - 4:45pm 1203: Part 1: Strategies for Thriving in Turbulent Times - Planning for Facility Expansion and Investment
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor

Speaker: Ross Gale, International Process Plants and Equipment
Leadership and Business Strategies

 

Evening Programs
5:30pm - 7:00pm Opening Reception
9th Floor Foyer
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7:30pm - 9:00pm Leadership Accelerator Dinner (Invite Only)
Off-Site
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Tuesday, November 7


SOCMA Summit 
7:45am - 7:45pm  Registration Opens
Parish Hall - 10th Floor
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7:45am - 8:30am Breakfast
Parish Hall - 10th Floor
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Morning Programs
8:30am - 9:00am Annual Business Meeting
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor

Attend SOCMA’s Annual Meeting to welcome the newest class of Governors and thank the outgoing class. Association and membership updates will also be shared.

 
Business Meeting
 
9:00am - 9:45am View from Capitol Hill - Critical Political Intelligence for the Specialty Chemical Industry
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor

Uncover exclusive insights into federal agency activities and gain critical intelligence about the Administration's priorities for the remaining months. This session will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the current political landscape in Congress and the Administration, and the pressures shaping every facet of the specialty chemical industry.

Moderator: Kate Hampford Donahue, Hampford Research, Inc.
Speakers: Robert F. Helminiak, SOCMA; Genevieve Strand, SOCMA
General Session
   
 

 

Concurrent Sessions Block 
10:00am - 11:00am 2101 - Artificial Intelligence in Chemical Manufacturing - Transforming Growth & Efficiencies
La Fourche & Pointe Coupee - 9th Floor

In the realm of chemical manufacturing, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force, revolutionizing every aspect of the industry. Join us for an illuminating session led by renowned AI expert Shaun Ensor, as he explores the profound impact of AI on growth and operational efficiencies within the chemical manufacturing landscape.

Speaker: Shaun Ensor, PB Engineering Services Limited

 
Operational Excellence and Safety
10:00am - 11:00am 2102 - Preparing for Inspections - Strategies to Ensure Readiness
St. Landry - 9th Floor

Obtain expert guidance on navigating government inspections, common pitfalls during the process and proactive risk assessment strategies to identify potential compliance gaps and hazards before inspectors identify them.

Speaker: Mini Kapoor, Haynes Boone

 
Operational Excellence and Safety
10:00am - 11:00am 2103 - Signals & Trends: 2024 Economic Outlook and What to Watch For
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor

Explore the dynamic landscape of financial markets and the outlook of global economic trends, emerging investment opportunities, and risk factors. Gain valuable insight to optimize portfolios, and make informed decisions in this informative and forward-looking session.

Speakers: Heather Errigo, Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC; Vipin Sahijwani, Lynx Investment Advisory, LLC
Leadership and Business Strategies

 

SOCMA Summit 
11:00am - 11:15am Networking Break
9th Floor Foyer
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General Session
11:15am - 12:15pm Crisis Communications - Equipping your Company for Effective Communications in Emergencies
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor

This interactive session will ensure that employees at all levels are ready to navigate challenging situations with confidence and professionalism. You'll be divided into small groups to work through scenarios and hone the skills and knowledge necessary to communicate effectively during a crisis, ensure the safety of all stakeholders, and protect the organization's reputation.

Speaker: Rachel Coffman, Coffman Collaborative
General Session

 

SOCMA Summit 
12:15pm - 1:00pm Lunch
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor
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General Session
1:00pm - 2:00pm Finding Business with Commercial Intelligence and Best Practices
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor

Hear valuable commercial intelligence and industry trends to help participants position themselves and their organizations for sustainable growth and position themselves for success in the specialty chemical market.

Moderator: Erika Krueger, SOCMA
Speakers: Bob Girton, Edgewater Capital Partners; Kevin Yttre, Grace Matthews; Jose Maria Bermudez, Viakem SA de CV
General Session

 

Concurrent Sessions
2:15pm - 3:15pm

2201 - Hot Topics in Environmental, Health & Safety
La Fourche & Pointe Coupee - 9th Floor

Join us for a variety of "quick hits" on the following topics:

  • 2:15pm: Heat Transfer Fluid Reclamation, Matt Loebbaka, CHEM Group
  • 2:35pm: OSHA Heat Illness, Sedra Backman, CJB Industries
  • 2:55pm: PFAS Reporting Rule, Amy Wachs, Husch Blackwell, LLP 
Chemical Supply Chain Management
2:15pm - 3:15pm 2202 - Hot Topics in Supply Chain, Tax and Trade
St. Landry - 9th Floor

Join us for a variety of "quick hits" on the following topics:
  • 2:15pm: Evolving Dynamics in China, Lihong Yu, PHT International
  • 2:35pm: R&D Tax Credits, Yair Holtzman, Anchin
  • 2:55pm: Duty Defferal Options, FTAs and FTZs, Alessandra Mediago, Charter Brokerage LLC
Operational Excellence and Safety
2:15pm - 3:15pm 2203 - Top 10 Steps to Improve Your KPIs
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor

Learn from experts who focus on employee engagement and retention with approaches and insights that get to the root of discontent, poor morale, and miscommunication, the key factors in employee turnover. Attendees will walk away with a “Top 10” checklist they can take back to examine and improve their company performance, regardless of company size.

Speakers: Kristin Donnelly PhD, Abbey Research; Erin Hinston PhD, Abbey Research
Leadership and Business Strategies
SOCMA Summit 
3:15pm - 3:45pm Coffee and Networking Break
9th Floor Foyer

 
 
 
Concurrent Sessions
3:30pm - 4:30pm 2301 - Supply Chain and Procurement Fishbowl
La Fourche & Pointe Coupee - 9th Floor

Join this engaging session to exchange ideas and foster information sharing regarding supply chain and procurement challenges.

Moderator: Ken Zriebec, Veranova

 
Operational Excellence and Safety
3:30pm - 4:30pm 2302 - Mastering Root Cause Analysis - Tactics for Effective Incident Investigation and Prevention
St. Landry - 9th Floor

Enhance your skills and expertise in conducting thorough root cause analyses, and develop the confidence to investigate incidents, identify root causes, and implement effective corrective and preventive actions. In this session, attendees will walk through a mock root cause analysis to learn tips and tricks for every step of the process.

Speaker: Brian Bourgeois, ChemDesign; Sarah Williams, SOCMA

 
Operational Excellence and Safety
3:30pm - 4:30pm 2303 - Strategies for Thriving in Turbulent Times - Navigating Market Downturn, Expanding into New Markets, and Maximizing Profitability
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor

In today's dynamic business landscape, organizations need to adopt robust strategies to optimize their facilities and enhance their EBITDA performance, In this comprehensive program, attendees will gain valuable insights into the best practices that can help them effectively manage their facilities and maximize EBITDA even amidst market fluctuations.

Moderator: David J. Topping, Phelps Dunbar LLP
Speakers: Tom Ambrose, Black Bay; Jimmy Jet, Integrity BioChem
Leadership and Business Strategies
 

 

 
Evening Programs
5:30pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception
Parish Hall - 10th Floor
 
6:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner & Recognition
Louisiana Ballroom - 10th Floor
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Wednesday, November 8


SOCMA Summit 
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast
Parish Hall - 10th Floor

 
 
SOCMA Summit
9:00am - 12:00pm SOCMA Committee Meetings (Open to all attendees)
Feliciana East/West - 10th Floor


9:00am Trade, Tax and Supply Chain Committee
9:45am Environment Committee
10:30am Health and Safety Committee
11:15am Chemical Regulations Committee