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The History of NACD: Selling the Idea of a National Association

As written by Fred F. Boehle, President, Boehle Chemicals, Inc. (Chemical Distributor, 1991)

The National Association of Chemical Distributors officially became NACD on May 5, 1971. Attempts had been made by a few chemical distributors to put together an organization of chemical distributors and manufacturers agents during the previous year using the more cumbersome name, Association of Chemical Raw Materials Distributors and Manufacturers Agents.

From the beginning, one man persistently and doggedly cornered chemical distributors and manufacturer' agents about organizing a national association until a few chemical distributors/agents agreed to meet for that purpose. That man was Gerald "Jerry" G. Kraft, Kraft Chemical Company, Melrose Park, Illinois, the "founding father" and first President of NACD.

Efforts Began in '69

Jerry Kraft first started buttonholing distributors/agents at the 1969 Paint Show in Chicago, but he wasn't able to stir up enough enthusiasm because of the time constraints. During the next few months he continued to make telephone calls and was able to keep the idea alive.

A turning point occurred when he and his wife Ruth were vacationing in Miami and Florida distributor Jack Benham, J B International Marketing Corporation of Miami, joined the bandwagon. There were then two aggressive salesmen for the idea of a national association of chemical distributors. The result was an informal meeting of several distributors at the October 1970 Paint Show in Boston.

No records were kept of this first small meeting, and those present have hazy memories of all who attended. My apologies to anyone who was present and isn't on the following list: Gerald Kraft, Kraft Chemicals; Jack Benham, J B International; Michael Baker, Chem/Serv; Frank Smart, Chem Materials; Fred Boehle, Boehle Chemicals; Myrven Cron, Cron Chemicals; William Tate, Tate Chemicals; and Edward Rabon, Charles A. Wagner.

At this gathering, the formation of an association was seriously explored, possible under the umbrella of the National Paint, Varnish & Lacquer Association (NPVLA), which is now the National Paint & Coatings Association. The plan envisioned becoming a division of its Ad Hoc Suppliers Committee since all of us at the time were deeply involved in supplying raw materials to the coatings industry.

Jerry Kraft and Jack Benham visited with Robert Roland, then the Executive Secretary of NPVLA (and now President of the Chemical Manufacturers Association ) during November 1970. The association's Suppliers Committee turned them down.

The same small group then met in Chicago during January 1971, to form what was then being called the Association of Chemical Raw Materials Distributors and Manufacturers Agents. Jerry Kraft's attorney was present to make certain everything was proper from the beginning. It was agreed that all present would comprise the Membership Committee to recruit other distributors/agents for the new association.

By the time of the next informal meeting, in Chicago in March 1971, word has spread that we were indeed serious. Suddenly distributors supplying chemical products to many other industries showed interest in the new fledgling association.

Since I missed the March meeting, it wasn't until May 1971, that I met Joe Collie of Southchem, Inc., Durham, NC, and learned of the interest expressed in the new association by members of the already existing Southeastern Chemical Distributors Council.

At the March meeting Jerry Kraft proposed hiring a part-time executive secretary so that bulletins and minutes would be kept which would help membership growth. Within a few days Lester E. Stybr was hired. A name change was recommended by Joe Collie since ACRMDMA wouldn't exactly become a magnetic acronym. At this meeting the first constitution and bylaws were put together with further refinements to be handled by committee.

The Formation Period

Another big breakthrough was the decision to hold an organizational meeting of the new National Association of Chemical Distributors  on May 5, 1971, at the Holiday Inn in Des Plaines, IL. By this time there were 20 members who were referred to as the "Committee of Twenty," mainly because we were all considered the Membership Committee. 

New committee members were Gordan Brown, The Argus Company; Charles Ribelin, Rebelin Distributors; Joseph Collie, Southchem, Inc.; Cliff Barton, Deeks & Company; Ron Benson, Benson Chemical; Alfred Calo, Calo Industries; Richard DeGraf, Abbot, Cole & DeGraf; Norman Mullin, C.K. Mullin, Inc.; Robert Walsh, Walsh Associates; Art Adams, Delta Solvents & Chemicals Co.; and Jack Sheehan, J.J. Sheehan Company.

Although Lester Stybr copied all of us with minutes of this meeting, regrettably I haven't been able to comes up with a copy, and memories are a bit hazy. We elected officers and directors, appointed committee chairs, approved a mission statement; established a dues structure; announced the availability of charter memberships; discussed mutual industry concerns; approved an official press release, and undoubtedly did other things that can't be documented today.

Officers and directors elected were: President/Treasurer, Gerald Kraft; Senior Vice President, Jack Benham. Executive Committee and Directors Pro-Tem: C. Gordan Brown, Joseph Collie, Charles Ribelin, and Frank Smart. Directors Pro-Tem: Clifton Barton, Ronald Benson, Fred Boehle, Alfred Calo, Myrven Cron, Richard DeGraf, Norman Mullin Edward Rabon, William Tate, and Robert Walsh.

The purposes of the association were announced as:

"To promote and enhance the role of the distributor and sales agent as an integral link in the distribution chain of products of manufacturers of chemicals, raw materials, equipment and containers; to promote and improve the services offered by the distributors and sales agents; to foster improved business and management practices of the group; and to encourage chemical manufacturers to more broadly utilize the services of recognized, ethical, and reputable distributors and sales agents."

Sales agents were then included as members as long as they did some warehousing and took title to goods. But as the years went by the distributor portion was stressed more and more, which caused one of the original founders to become disenchanted and resign.

The First Official Meeting

The first official meeting of the new association was on July 21, 1971, at the O'Hare Inn in Des Plaines, IL. Prior to the meeting, NACD Executive Director Lester Stybr asked all of the members to send him the names of potential new members—people we either knew personally or found in other trade association rosters and convention lists. He then compiled a large mailing list and sent out a two-page invitational announcement for the July 21 meeting.

At the meeting, the morning was spent on business issues, such as official ratification of the Constitution anf Bylaws, committee reports, and future priority projects. There were two featured leancheon speakers to attract both distributors and agents: William Hardy, Manager of Distributor Sales, Dow Chemical Company, who spoke on "Current Trends in Chemicals," with emphasis on the role of the chemical distributor in industry sales, and John Paul Taylor, Professional Manufacturers Agents, Modern Materials Associates, who spoke on marketing and distribution and how we fit.

New Faces, New Officers

A number of new faces joined the ranks at this meeting, adding to both our numbers and our geographical spread. To name a few: Ray Preston, PB&S; Chuck Balkema, Haviland; Jesse Young, Jesse Young Company; and Bill Pitkin, Ulrich Chemical.

Committee Chairs in place were: Budget and Auditing—Myrven Cron; Common Carrier—William Spall; Government Relations—Charles Balkema; Market Development—Michael Baker; Membership Activity—Jack Sheeham; Program/Hospitality—Fred Boehle and Evelyn Young; Publicity—Frank Smart; and Supplier Relations—Ray Preston.

In addition, there was some reshuffling of officers and directors: President—Gerald Kraft; Senior Vice President—Jack Benham; Treasurer—Myrven Cron; and Directors—Ronald Benson, Fred Boehle, C. Gordon Brown, Jr., Edward Rabon, Frank Smart, and Jack Sheehan.

It was decided to hold the Fall Meeting in conjunction with the Paint Show to make it easier to attract new members. As Program Chairman, I was instructed to find a downtown hotel in Detroit for a luncheon meeting and to line-up a block of rooms for the October 26, 1971, meeting.

The meeting hotel was the downtown Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge. However, the Paint Show has every room booked during that week. But through a mutual friend, I met and had a couple of luncheons with the 'HoJo' lady sales manager and we got the rooms!

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A History of NACD Award Winners

The NACD Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at NACD’s Annual Meeting.

2018
Patrick Marantette
HORN
 
2017
David Garner
Brenntag North America, Inc.
 
2015
Charles T. "Chuck" Kellogg
Hubbard-Hall Inc.
 
2014
Roger T. Harris
Producers Chemical Company
 
2012
Douglas A. Brown
Brown Chemical Co., Inc.
 
2010
Don Witteman
Betsy Witteman
Dorsett & Jackson, Inc.
 
2004
John R. Hess
JR Hess Co.
 

The NACD Distributor of the Year Award is presented annually at NACD’s Annual Meeting.

2020
Matthew Fridley
Brenntag North America
 
2019
John L. Logue
Royale Pigments
 
2018
Shawn Wiram
Brenntag North America
 
2017
Joseph Fischman and Andrea Nagle
Chem/Serv, Inc.
 
2016
Mathew A. Brainerd
Brainerd Chemical Company
 
2015
Tommy Turriff
TLC Ingredients, Inc.
 
2014
Jeanette Glose Partlow
Maryland Chemical Company
 
2013
William A. Fidler
Brenntag North America
 
2012
Andrew K. Skipp
Hubbard-Hall Inc.
 
2011
Donna Boldt
James Boldt
Deeks & Company
 
2010
Bruce L. Whetter
Americhem Sales Corporation
 
2009
Bruce H. Schechinger
BHS Marketing LLC
 
2008
Peter Y. Hess
JR Hess Company
 
2007
J. Michael Coates
LCI, Ltd.
 
2006
Steven C. Quandt
Columbus Chemical Industries, Inc.
 
2005
Donald Adams
Webb Checmical Service Corp.
 
2004
Thomas H. Coyne
George S. Coyne Chemcial Co., Inc.
 
2003
Clare L. Welker
Chem One Ltd.
 
2002
Patrick J. Marantette
E.T. Horn Company
 
2001
Lawrence I. Hayes
Chemical Distribution, Inc.
 
2000
Mark W. Kramer
Ellis & Everard (US Holdings) Inc.
 
1999
G. Stephen Robins
G.S. Robins & Company
 
1998
Robert A. Foley
HCI/Baychem, Inc.
Douglas M. Kutz
G.S. Robins & Company
 
1997
Eugene P. McDonald
Monson Companies, Inc.
 
1996
Charles T. Kellogg
Hubbard-Hall Inc.
 
1995
Edward M. Pitkin
Ulrich Chemical, Inc.
 
1994
Gregg M. Peckham
Archway Sales Inc.
 
1993
Douglas A. Brown
Brown Chemical Co., Inc.
 
1992
James M. Doyle
Coastal Chemical, Co., Inc.
 
1991
James P. Hukill
Hukill Chemical Corporation
 
1990
Samuel K.Himmelrich
Inlaid Leidy, Inc.
Walter N. Stevenson
W.N. Stevenson Co.
 
1989
John R. Hess
JR Hess Company
 
1988
Bonnie O'Meara
Rho-Chem Corporation
 
1987
Carl Fischer
The Rinchem Company, Inc.
 
1986
Michael H. Baker
Chem/Serv, Inc.
 
1985
G. Lee Floyd
Accron Distributors
 
1984
Fred W. Schlichte
Industrial Chemical & Supply Company
 
1982
Rollen A. Mack
A.J. Lynch Company
 
1981
Gerald Kraft
Kraft Chemical Company
 
1980
Curtis Horning
Eaton-Colby Chemical Company
 
1979
Raymond B. Preston
PB & S Chemical Company
 
1978
Louis H.T. Dehmlow
Great Lakes Terminal & Transport Corp.
 
1977
John Kirkpatrick
Florida Solvents
 

The NACD Supplier of the Year is presented at NACD’s Annual Meeting.

2020
Dan McCuskar
Datacor, Inc.
 
2013
Brad Miller
PQ Corporation
 
2012
Stephen J. Cornwall
ICL Performance Products LP
 

The Responsible Distribution Excellence Award is presented annually at ChemEdge.

2020
HS Services, an IMCD Group, LLC company
Dallas, TX
 
2020
TLC Ingredients, Inc.
Crest Hill, IL
 
2019
Dober Chemical Corporation
Woodridge, IL
 
2019
Univar Solutions
Downers Grove, IL
 
2018
Chem One Ltd
Houston, TX
 
2017
McCullough & Associates
Atlanta, GA
Walsh & Associates
St. Louis, MO
 
2016
Andes Chemical Corporation
Doral, FL
 
2015
KIC Chemicals, Inc.
New Paltz, NY
 
2014
Webb Chemical Service Corporation
Muskegon Heights, MI
 
2013
Linden Bulk Transportation
Linden, NJ
 
2012
Tarr, LLC
Portland, OR
 
2011
G.S. Robins & Company
St. Louis, MO
 
2010
Brenntag North America, Inc.
Reading, PA
 
2009
Wilson Industrial Sales Co. Inc.
Brook IN
 
2008
Pochteca Materias Primas S.A. de C.V.
Mexico City, Mexico
 
2007
Pride Solvents & Chemical Co., of NJ, Inc.
Avenel, NJ
 
2006
Americhem Sales Corporation
Mason, MI