Crowne Plaza Times Square Will Host Annual SOCMA Dinner

Nov. 6, 2015
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates will hold its 94th Annual Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City.

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) will hold its 94th Annual Dinner on December 7, 2015 at a new location – the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City – and feature an educational session with leading chemical industry trade press. SOCMA's Annual Dinner brings together hundreds of specialty chemical industry leaders and their customers for an evening of fine dining, networking and celebration, according to the organization.

To kick off the event, representatives from four chemical industry trade publications will participate in a panel discussion on the latest perspectives and issues impacting specialty chemical manufacturers. Joining SOCMA on the panel are Rob Westervelt, editor-in-chief at IHS Chemical Week; John Lane, vice president of U.S. sales and marketing for Specialty Chemicals Magazine; Joseph Chang, global editor at ICIS Chemical Business; and Rick Mullin, senior editor at Chemical & Engineering News.

The event will also recognize SOCMA's Performance Improvement and Sustainability Award winners and include SOCMA's donation to the American Chemical Society's Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to underrepresented minority students pursuing a degree in chemistry or a related field.

Dr. Phillip Schneider, a business expert, environmental engineer and psychologist who specializes in strategic planning and futurism by integrating technology with the human element of operational excellence is the featured entertainment. He plans to look at "The Chemical Industry, Past, Present and Future" and "Why We are Only Now Scratching the Surface of its Potential." Dr. Schneider has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 industries, including Dow Chemical, Yankee Nuclear and Exxon Mobil. He currently is a liaison to the White House on energy, safety and the environment.

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