Lawrence D. Sloan
Larry Sloan is currently President and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufactures and Affiliates, the leading trade association serving small and mid-sized batch, custom and specialty chemical manufacturers. In this capacity, he focuses SOCMA’s efforts on increasing public confidence in this industry sector, championing the passage of rational laws and regulations, and maximizing business opportunities for all SOCMA member companies.
Prior to joining SOCMA, Larry served as President of the Adhesive and Sealant Council from January 2005 to February 2010. Larry joined the Council in 2001 as Director Member Services, and was promoted to Senior Director in 2004. During his tenure, he spearheaded many new projects, including the launch of web-based training and a variety of initiatives designed to help grow the adhesives industry. Notable projects include the development and launch of a new website to educate product designers, engineers, architects and college engineering students about the benefits and value of using adhesives and sealants in modern design and assembly. Another is the creation of a new adhesive CAD symbol to facilitate the use of adhesives in engineering drawings.
Larry began his career as a chemical engineer at Air Products & Chemicals in Allentown, PA and later worked for Nalco Chemical Company in Naperville, IL in marketing, manufacturing and later sales capacities. Following this, he worked as a manufacturers' representative in his family's business. Larry entered the nonprofit sector in 2000 as Director Membership for the Consumer Specialty Products Association, a trade association of companies in the chemically formulated products industry, before moving to the ASC the following year.
Larry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Later he returned to J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he received his Masters of Management and graduated with honors.
In 2006, Larry received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives. He is actively involved in the NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations, where he currently serves on its Board of Directors as Immediate Past Board Chair.
Larry resides in Washington, DC and has one daughter. His interests include fitness, traveling, reading, foreign languages and cooking.
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