The Society thinks its time to acknowledge more members more often, so we’ve decided to place a spotlight on members whose dedication to the SCC has not gone unnoticed.
Midwest Chapter – SCC Member Since: 1971
My advise to the next generation of Cosmetic Chemists is to be patient and a good listener because learning is golden. Always be helpful and respectful.
1. What made you pursue a career in the cosmetics/personal care industry?
In late sixties in California after graduation, working & struggling with a recession, I was introduced to Mr. Hank Afghani, V.P. R&D at a cosmetic company called Luzier in Kansas City. He facilitated my introduction in the cosmetic industry as a chemist with Clintwood Chemical (most young chemist probably have not have heard of this place — proof our industry is in continuous flux.)
2. What is the favorite part of your job?
The favorite part of my job is meeting people. I call them colleagues whether they are my fellow workers or customers. I get enjoyment out of finding a common ground to help in innovation and projects and empowering people. Also volunteering to help in various areas at our SCC Midwest chapter functions – short of elected office (the reason I traveled a lot).
3. What has been your most recent professional accomplishment?
Spending a large part of my career in specialty tech. chemical sales, I find pride in learning, establishing & growing successful territories with companies I was associated with (Henkel/A&W) and presently mfg. rep. You reach my age, one goes through a lot and sees a lot.
4. How has membership in the SCC been of value to you?
Membership in our society is important because of the caliber and professionalism of its members. Specifically, the society is dedicated to the technical advancement of the industry and educational presentations are continuously offered to keep its members current with the technology. It is also important to point out the relationships that you gain from these meetings.
5. What is a fun fact about yourself, outside of the SCC and your professional life?
Taking it easy, making fun of oneself, being jovial is the best medicine and, of course, having fun at an expensive hobby called Golf.