CSPA Annual Meeting
fail! You may not be the best climber to get to the peak—just relentless in getting there! Remember, there will always be more
mountains in the future.”
At the general session, representatives from the association’s 250
member companies re-elected William Auriemma, president and
CEO of Diversified CPC International, Inc., as chairman.
“Bill Auriemma has done an outstanding job as board chair
over the past year and our members look forward to his steady
leadership as CSPA transitions to a new president and CEO,” said
Cathcart, CSPA president and CEO, who retires this month. “Bill
will be instrumental in working with my successor and with the
innovative leaders on the board of directors to move our industry
forward on public policy issues.”
Also elected during the general session were the 2017 board
officers and members to the board for terms expiring in 2019.
CSPA officers are elected by active members and serve a term of
The Charles E. Allderdice, Jr., Memorial Award was presented
posthumously to D. Douglas Fratz. The award is given annually
to an industry leader who has made outstanding contributions
to the consumer specialty products industry. With CSPA for 36
years, Fratz managed corporate advocacy efforts with government regulators and non-governmental organizations on aerosol
and air quality issues. He died suddenly on Sept. 27 at Holy Cross
Hospital in Silver Spring, MD.
Cathcart said Fratz’s ability to distill critical information on
policies affecting consumer products was unsurpassed.
“We could always count on Doug to quickly analyze policy
proposals and to lead the aerosol industry forward,” he said. “He
was respected by aerosol industry leaders worldwide for his deep
knowledge of issues and he was admired by everyone for his gen-
erosity of spirit.”
Fratz joined CSPA in 1980 as associate director of scientific
affairs. Most recently, as the association’s senior science fellow, he
managed the work of hundreds of technical representatives serv-
ing on a dozen committees and task groups focused on safety,
health and environmental issues related to aerosols. In 2009, he
began a project to catalog all the chemicals used in consumer and
institutional products. That list eventually became the Consumer
Product Ingredients Dictionary, now in its third edition and used
as a reference in laboratories worldwide.
Meanwhile, the Chairman’s Award went to Robin Gentz,
director of Government Affairs for North America at The
Gentz was honored for her leadership in the consumer packaged goods industry and for her service on numerous CSPA
committees, task forces and working groups for the past several
decades. She has chaired or co-chaired the association’s State
Government Affairs Advisory Committee for 16 years.
“Robin personifies collaboration and engagement,
Gentz joined Clorox in 1978. She directs, formulates and
leads government affairs public policy issues management at the
local, regional, state and federal levels on proposed legislative
and regulatory initiatives.
State of the Association
It’s been a banner year for CSPA, said Cathcart in his final“State
of the Association” report. This year, the association engaged the
consulting firm McKinley Advisors in a“long term strategic planning process” for the future. The study showed that CSPA’s advocacy efforts are successful due to its collaboration with a sundry
group of stakeholders and a high membership retention rate.
“Our diversity continues to be our strength,” said Cathcart.
“This was demonstrated in a number of efforts we undertook on
behalf of our members this year.”
And 2016 was indeed productive for members of CSPA, some
were even at the White House when modernization of the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) finally became a reality. Once
again, the association earned the Partner of the Year Award from
the EPA’s Safer Choice Program. In the face of a public health crisis, CSPA also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) to provide guidance on insect repellents effective against
the Zika virus as well as organizing corporate donations to the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for Zika Prevention Kits. And,
CSPA led the Pesticide Registration Improvement Acts (PRIA)
Coalition, a consortium of trade associations, non-government
organizations and state government officials to agreement on developing pesticide registrations.
“As I look ahead to 2017, I believe the association is well positioned for a new administration, a new Congress and for your
incoming CSPA president,”said Cathcart.“We have a strong organization with excellent affiliate programs and are well-respected
Outgoing president Chris Cathcart gives his State of the Association address.