Longtime SOCMA Leader Will Retire At Year’s End

Nov. 13, 2017
Dr. C. Tucker Helmes will retire as executive director of SOCMA’s Association Management Services.

Dr. C. Tucker Helmes 

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announces that Dr. C. Tucker Helmes will retire after almost 30 years from his role as executive director of its Association Management Services (AMS) effective December 31, 2017. SOCMA’s Association Management Services division is comprised of affiliated trade associations, professional societies and educational foundations that address issues of common interest to the chemical industry.

"We want to thank Dr. Helmes for his many years of dedicated service to AMS and the many member companies he has supported," says Jennifer Abril, SOCMA president and CEO. "During his tenure, Dr. Helmes has helped to not only grow the organization but has also formed associations and developed strategic alliances on behalf of the industry. His service has truly been invaluable to our organization and the chemical industry, and we wish him all the best as he embarks on this new chapter of his life."

Helmes came to the association when he was hired as executive director of SOCMA affiliate ETAD North America in 1988. In his role at ETAD, Helmes directed key studies with the Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations, including work on the well-known High Production Volume (HPV) challenge, among a host of other accomplishments. He later took over management of SOCMA's Association Management Services, where he also leads the Center for Baby and Adult Hygiene Products (BAHP) and Institute for Polyacrylate Absorbents (IPA). Although he is fully retiring from SOCMA, he will remain active in both an executive and technical capacity with ETAD North America, where he will work as a consultant.  

"I am leaving the association in the capable hands of current Senior Vice President of Association Management Services David Wawer," Helmes says. Wawer is executive director of the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association, also a SOCMA affiliate organization.

For more information, visit: www.socma.com

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