SOCMA Management

Ms. Abril has held a variety of trade association and advocacy posts in the Washington, DC, area. For two decades, she has served the broader chemical industry in positions of increasing responsibility. From 2008-2016, she was President of the International Fragrance Association, North America. Under her leadership, the association expanded membership by 30 percent, enhanced its educational offerings, and made significant strategic advancements.

Earlier in her career, Jennifer spent eight years at the American Chemistry Council where she advanced the association’s international regulatory harmonization efforts on product stewardship and public health issues, in addition to developing marketing and business development strategies.

Before joining the chemical industry, Ms. Abril held positions at a Washington, DC-based lobbying firm and a non-profit research and educational foundation.

Ms. Abril earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from The American University and holds a Masters of Science in Management from the University of Maryland, University College. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.

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 has also represented the propane industry and the HVAC industry while with the National Propane Gas Association and 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.

Over the years, Jordan has helped build ChemStewards from the ground up, implementing a new web-based management system, overseeing the use of third-party auditors, and customizing the program for use by many different chemical facilities. To the program’s credit, members have maintained an outstanding rate of compliance.

Having spent most of his 25-year career in the chemical industry, he has served as Director of Web Services for the American Chemical Society and General Manager/Business Director of BASF/Canada and Sandoz Agro, where he directed these companies to record years in sales and profits. With a strong background in research, he has also served as Head of Research and Development North America for BASF, among other research positions within the industry.

Jordan has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

Wawer served in both staff and Executive Director roles for Chambers of Commerce in Waterbury, CT, Chicopee, MA, and Northern Rhode Island. He also served in regional trade associations, including the Boston Real Estate Board; Lexington, KY Board of Realtors; and the Massachusetts Chemistry Technology Alliance. His national trade association experience includes the American Chemistry Council, Color Pigments Manufacturers Association and SOCMA.

He was also a government relations professional for Ciba-Geigy Corporation, an international chemical, agricultural and pharmaceutical corporation.

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