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SOCMA Welcomes Helminiak as Managing Director of Government Relations

February 14, 2017

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) welcomes Robert F. Helminiak as managing director of government relations, where he will lead the association's advocacy efforts on issues impacting the specialty chemical industry.

"We are thrilled to welcome Robby to SOCMA and look forward to him leading our government relations team as we strive to build relationships with this new Administration, members of Congress, and other stakeholders," said SOCMA president and CEO Jennifer Abril. "Having previously guided advocacy and compliance efforts at both the Plastics Industry Association and the National Propane Gas Association, Robby brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that we believe will be instrumental in not only increasing the visibility of our SOCMA members but also in explaining the crucial role our innovative industry plays in creating jobs and strengthening the economy. I am confident that Robby will serve our members and the entire specialty chemical industry well in his new role."

"This is an exciting time of change in Washington," Helminiak said. "I look forward to meeting with our members and gaining a greater understanding of their needs within the broader chemical industry. With a new Administration and Congress, this is a perfect opportunity to identify laws and regulations that are impacting our member companies, so we can better advocate on their behalf and affect change that will benefit their ability to do business and compete in the global market. I also believe that through our advocacy and compliance efforts we have a great opportunity to strengthen and grow our membership. I look forward to serving this outstanding organization and its member companies."  

Helminiak previously served as vice president of science and regulatory affairs for the Plastics Industry Association, where he worked with government agencies to develop and implement programs and foster partnerships with stakeholders and other groups to benefit the plastics industry. He also handled federal, state, and local policy issues at the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton and a law degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world.

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