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.

Helmes began his professional career at SRI International where he was Director of Biological and Environmental Chemistry. He then spent a year at the National Cancer Institute as manager for preclinical cancer chemoprevention before joining SOCMA.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Duke University and doctorate in chemistry from Emory University before accepting a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Wisconsin’s McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research.

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.

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