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SSPC and NACE Announce Ad-Hoc Integration Teams

Thirteen teams of association members and staff working collaboratively to form a new combined organization

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas – July 24, 2020 – SSPC and NACE today announced the launch of thirteen ad-hoc teams which have been convened to begin the process of combining the associations. The teams were appointed by the SSPC-NACE Steering Committee and consist of members and staff from both organizations. Each team is focused on a different area of the associations’ operations and services.

“We are entering a very exciting and challenging period of this process for the SSPC and NACE community,” said Tim Bieri, President of NACE International. “There are many details the ad-hoc teams have to work through before we can move to the next phase of combining; we are focused on retaining the best of both organizations while ensuring we take into consideration all of the feedback we have received from our members worldwide.”

The steering committee includes member leaders of SSPC and NACE who have been involved with bringing the organizations together from the beginning. Working with McKinley Advisors, a third-party advisor helping the organizations manage the transition, the steering committee developed a charter which lays out each team’s purpose and goals and provides a timeline for completion.

Bringing these two organizations together is a tremendous undertaking,” said Joyce Wright, President of SSPC. “This merger will span the globe and we are counting on all members of both organizations to continue to share their innovative and thoughtful ideas as we move forward.”

Following is a list of the areas of focus of current ad-hoc teams:

Consider and approve plans and recommendations provided by the Integration Teams as well as discuss other consequential topics as they arise.

Transition Team
Members Staff
Tim Bieri, NACE
Ross Boyd, SSPC
Cris Conner, NACE
Amir Eliezer, NACE
Dave Evans, NACE
Jim Feather, NACE
Kevin Garrity, NACE
Terry Greenfield, NACE
Drew Haiko, NACE
Garry Manous, SSPC
Doug Moore, NACE
Doni Riddle, SSPC
Sam Scaturro, SSPC
Skip Vernon, SSPC
Joe Walker, SSPC
Joyce Wright, SSPC
Bob Chalker, NACE
Bill Worms, SSPC

Develop accreditation recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Accreditation Team
Members Staff
Rich Capolupo, SSPC
Kevin Garrity, NACE
Don Holle, SSPC
Kevin LaRue, NACE
Jack Maillis, NACE
Rick Matthews, SSPC
Connor McManus, NACE
Harry Tsaprailis, NACE
Henry Arato, SSPC
Keenan Loubser, NACE
Helena Seelinger, NACE
Kamal Taher, NACE
John Whalen, SSPC

To support the brand development process and guide the work of the brand agency (Beyond Definition) in developing NewOrg’s brand and visual identity.

Brand Team
Members Staff
Ross Boyd, SSPC
Doug Moore, NACE
Doni Riddle, SSPC
Rebecca Griebe, NACE
Mike Kline, SSPC
Cindy O’Malley, NACE

Develop certification recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Certification Team
Members Staff
Gunnar Ackx, SSPC
Bob Cloutier, SSPC
Kevin Garrity, NACE
Kyle Greenfield, NACE
Michelle Lau, NACE
Sara Badami, SSPC
Kari Hodge, NACE
Kris Kemper, SSPC
Keenan Loubser, NACE
Jen Merck, SSPC
Helena Seelinger, NACE

Develop recommendations for consolidating chapters/sections and establishing communities, both geographic and topical, for NewOrg stakeholders.

Chapters/Sections Team
Members Staff
Jarret Brelsford, NACE
Jane Brown, NACE
Juan Caballero, SSPC
Amir Eliezer, NACE
Jay Kranker, SSPC
Gary Manous, SSPC
John Todd, NACE
Heather Hill, NACE
Jim Kunkle, SSPC
Greg Muha, SSPC

Develop conference and events recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Conferences & Events Team
Members Staff
Greg Redick, SSPC
Lindsay Enloe, NACE
Jacob Adams, NACE
Mike Kline, SSPC
Nicole Lourette, SSPC
Lesley Martinez, NACE
Greg Muha, SSPC

Develop education recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Education Team
Members Staff
Mitch Blum, SSPC
Bill Corbett, SSPC
Terry Greenfield, NACE
Heather Groll, NACE
Tom Higginbotham, NACE
Mike O’Brien, NACE
Justin Rigby, NACE
Hasan Sabri, NACE
Tony Serdenes, SSPC
Joyce Wright, SSPC
Bob McMurdy, SSPC
Jennifer Merck, SSPC
Pam Nicoletti, NACE
Buddy Reams, NACE
John Whalen, SSPC
Dustin Young, SSPC
Alicia Yust, NACE

Develop a plan for integrating accounting structures and a financial strategy for NewOrg.

Finance & Accounting Team
Members Staff
Russell Norris, NACE
Jim King, SSPC
Cheryl Donovan, SSPC
Kris Ernst, NACE
Pauline Le, NACE

Review and provide feedback on governing documents and support strategic planning research.

Governance Team
Members Staff
Tim Bieri, NACE
Jim Feather, NACE
Drew Haiko, NACE
Sam Scaturro, SSPC
Skip Vernon, SSPC
Bob Chalker, NACE
Carmen Peebles, NACE
Bill Worms, SSPC

Develop IT Infrastructure recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

IT Infrastructure Activities Team
Members Staff
Joe Walker, SSPC Rob Baugh, SSPC
Keaton Donald, NACE
Nate Lavigne, NACE
Mike Kline, SSPC

Develop pre-professional activities recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Pre-Professional Activities Team
Members Staff
Andrew Croll, SSPC
Nick D’Angelo, NACE
Emir Eliezer, NACE
Matt Schmidt, NACE
Joyce Wright, SSPC
Christine Lajzo, SSPC
Kim Ray, NACE
Dustin Young, SSPC

Develop publications recommendations for review and approval by the Transition Team.

Publications Team
Members Staff
Bob Cloutier, SSPC
Bernardo Duran, NACE
Alison Kaelin, SSPC
Eliina Lizarraga, NACE
Melissa Mishler, NACE
Greg Muha, SSPC

Develop recommendations for the standards development process and multi-year transition plan for existing standards.

Standards Team
Members Staff
David Barnes, NACE
Derrick Castle, SSPC
Cris Conner, NACE
Roy Fultineer, NACE
Heather Gilmer, SSPC
Robert Herron, NACE
Alison Kaelin, SSPC
Ahren Olson, SSPC
Aimee Beggs, SSPC
Ed Manns, NACE
John Whalen, SSPC

Additional teams and areas of focus may be added by the Steering Committee as the transition progresses. More information about the work of the ad-hoc teams will be highlighted in upcoming town hall meetings hosted jointly by SSPC and NACE every month through December 2020. In between the Town Halls, information will be announced online and via email when any new developments take place.

The first NACE-SSPC Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST. Registration is free and available here.

For more information about the committees or the SSPC-NACE decision to combine, please visit https://www.sspc.org/sspc-nace-updates/.

Please direct any questions to cooperation@sspc.org.

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE International provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation. www.nace.org

About SSPC
SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society focused on the use of protective coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was changed to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to reflect the evolution of coatings technology and the expanding types of construction materials. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and China, more than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies worldwide carry active SSPC certifications.

Today, SSPC promotes the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. SSPC is the leading source of training and information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry. www.sspc.org

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