December 5, 2019

Jenny Gaines
Senior Director, Communications & Engagement
(571) 348-5110

SOCMA Re-Elects Gene Williams as Board of Governors Chair

Association Welcomes Six Industry Leaders to Class of 2022

ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that Gene Williams, President of Optima Chemical Group, was re-elected today as Chairman of its Board of Governors. The association also re-elected officers to serve on its Executive Committee and added six new members to the Class of 2022 during its 98th Annual Business Meeting Thursday, December 5, in New Orleans.

“I could not be more thrilled to be serving as chairman of SOCMA and wrking side by side with my fellow board members, enabling the transformation of SOCMA as a powerful force in the specialties community,” said Williams.

“With the extraordinary efforts made in 2019, SOCMA provides valuable tools and resources the industry needs to promote business growth. As we look to expand on these ‘Solutions for Specialties’ in 2020, it is crucial to seek guidance and insight from our exceptional new class of governors who have the expertise we need to achieve success.

“I also want to salute my fellow colleagues on the Executive Committee,” Williams said. “This exceptional group of industry leaders has been instrumental in guiding the association on our journey to reclaim SOCMA’s rightful spot as the hub for specialties. I could not be more excited about the course we are charting for 2020 and as we approach the association’s 100th anniversary in 2021.”

Members of the Class of 2022 serving three-year terms are:

Filling a vacant slot on the board for the class of 2021 is Qamar Bhatia of Monument Chemical.

SOCMA officers elected for one-year terms:

SOCMA’s Board of Governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility and helps deliver member value. 

SOCMA is part of a $300 billion industry that’s fueling the U.S. economy. Our members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain, providing specialty chemicals and services to vital markets ranging from aerospace and electronics to pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

Solely dedicated to the specialty and fine chemical industry, SOCMA focuses on building commercial connections, supporting manufacturing and operations, and advocating for regulatory and legislative policies that advance our members’ ability to grow their businesses. Our network extends to influencers and decision makers in the specialty chemicals supply chain. For more information on this innovative organization, visit

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