2014 LCA/LCIA Annual Meeting
The Louisiana Chemical Association and Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance held its annual meeting October 22-24 in New Orleans.
The meeting was attended by more than 200 individuals representing nearly 100 member companies and kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a meeting of the LCIA board. Jimmy Sawtelle, Sr. Vice President for Workforce Solutions at Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges, addressed the group with his presentation on growing Louisiana’s workforce through the community and technical college system.
Following the meeting and registration, an opening reception was held to welcome all guests to the 55th Annual Meeting.
The schedule Thursday morning was chock-full of presentations, beginning with Dr. David Dismukes, Executive Director, LSU Center for Energy Studies.
Dr. Dismukes talked about America’s growing demand for natural gas, what led to this astronomical growth in the demand and what it means for the industry and the economy.
Following up Dr. Dismukes perfectly was Marty Durbin, President & CEO, America’s Natural Gas Alliance, who told the audience how the supply side of the industry can meet the increased demand. He laid out the industrial, infrastructure and import necessities that will need to be met in order to properly fuel this renaissance.
The final presentations of the morning were a tag team effort by Curt Eysink, Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission, and Jeff Lynn, Executive Director of Workforce Development Programs, Louisiana Economic Development. Eysink and Lynn hit on the issue of whether or not Louisiana is prepared to meet the surge in demand for labor and what steps can be taken to make sure there is never a workforce shortage in the state.
The afternoon was a time for the attendees to relax, play golf, visit the spa or just sightsee around the city before convening that evening at the Audubon Tea Room for the keynote dinner of the meeting.
Addressing the crowd, following a cocktail reception and dinner at the tea room, was Maryam Sabbaghian Brown, the Assistant to the Speaker for Policy for The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner. Brown gave a quick review of federal legislative and regulatory issues that could pose a problem to the American chemical manufacturing industry and also indulged the audience on a view of Louisiana’s impending federal elections, from a Washington perspective.
Friday morning of the meeting got off to a fast start with the winners for LCA’s SAFE Awards and Committee MVP’s were announced. The pictures from all the winners can be found on LCA’s Facebook page.
The winners of the SAFE Awards were:
Mostive Improved Performance:
Class 1: Chemtrade Refinery Services
Class 2: Carbo Ceramics Inc
Class 3: UOP, Shreveport
Class 4: Westlake Chemical Corporation
Best in Louisiana:
Class 1: BASF, DNT
Class 2: Americas Styrenics
Class 3: ExxonMobil, Polyolefins
Class 4: Axiall, Plaquemine
The LCA Committee MVPs were:
Communications: Stephanie Cargile, ExxonMobil
Environmental Affairs: Robert Berg, ExxonMobil and Will Nipper, Dow Chemical Company
Governmental Affairs: Bob Baumann, Hood, Baumann & Associates and Rodney Braxton, Southern Strategy Group
Health and Safety: Jenny Foncree, PCS Nitrogen and David Mihalik, BASF
Security: James "Chief" LeBlanc, Honeywell
Workforce Development: Connie Fabre, GBRIA
The LCA Board of Directors also voted on its Board MVP. That award went to Tom Yura of BASF.
The rest of the meeting would revolve around Louisiana’s 2014 Senatorial election. Both Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy would address the attendees, individually, to plead their case for why the industry should rally to support them in the voting booth. Splitting up the two candidate’s speeches was Walter Moore, Vice President of Federal Affairs, American Chemistry Council. Moore gave a review of Louisiana’s Senate race, along with a forecast for other contentious Senate races across the country and how those elections could have an impact on the chemical industry.
A big thank you is in order for all who sponsored, spoke and attended the meeting. It could not have been a success without their help. The dates and location for next year’s meeting will be finalized and released soon. To see all the pictures from the meetings, please visit the LCA Facebook page. Attendees also received a hard copy of LCA's Alliance Magazine. To view the online version of the magazine, click here.
DOW Chemical Company
American Chemistry Council
Harris, DeVille and Associates
KAP Project Services