NACE, SSPC Move Forward on Merger with Ad-Hoc Teams

The teams, made up of members from both associations, are tasked with beginning to implement the transition. 


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NACE International (Houston, Texas) and the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) have announced the launch of 13 ad-hoc teams convened to begin the process of combining the two associations. The teams were appointed by the NACE-SSPC 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.

The news comes after May’s vote by NACE members to combine with SSPC.

“We are entering a very exciting and challenging period of this process for the NACE and SSPC community,” says Tim Bieri, president of NACE. “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 NACE and SSPC 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,” says 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.”

The teams are divided among the following focuses: accreditation, branding, certifications, chapter/sections, conferences and events, education, finance and accounting, governance, IT infrastructure, pre-professional activities, publications, staff management, and standards. 

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 NACE and SSPC every month through December 2020. In between these events, information will be announced online and via email when any new developments take place.