One of the historic ICIS Top 40 Power Players, Joe Acker, former president of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), passed away on December 6, 2010.
Joe died on the night of the SOCMA’s 89th Annual Dinner in New York, following a courageous battle against pancreatic cancer.
He retired from SOCMA last December, after 16 years of service to the US trade organization, where he raised its profile in Washington, D.C., grew membership and encouraged members to be more active in lobbying.
We are very fortunate to have met and worked with Joe over the years. He has always been gracious and generous with his thoughts and words.
Last December, he said: “Our industry must embrace the changes ahead with optimism, continue reaching out to the decision-makers in Washington and commit to working with them, while also being true to the ideals that define our industry: ingenuity, innovation and integrity.”
Joe fought hard to further and protect the interests of small and medium-sized batch chemical businesses.
On December 7, US President Barack Obama announced a deal with the Republicans that would extend tax breaks, including tax credits for small businesses that hire new workers.
Joe would have approved.
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