SSPC, NACE Name Talks Facilitator


On Tuesday (Aug. 6), SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and NACE International announced the mutual decision to bring McKinley Advisors on board as a guiding entity for the two organizations’ merger discussions.

SSPC and NACE announced the beginning of merger talks in March.

Both organizations serve in the field of corrosion and coatings standards, as well as providing training and certifications.

Exploratory Talks

SSPC, founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, is focused on the use of protective coatings in the industry. SSPC’s name was changed in 1997 to mark progress in coatings technology, as well as the addition of new types of construction materials. SSPC is based in Pittsburgh, and has offices in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and China. Currently, more than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies across the globe carry SSPC certifications.

NACE, founded in 1943 and now with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind, according to the organization. NACE is based in Houston, with other offices across the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, as well as a training center in Dubai. Membership with NACE includes specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.

Last month, leaders from both organizations reported making headway on combining the organizations into one venture. Both SSPC President Garry Manous and NACE International President Terry Greenfield saw the meeting as a success.

Advisor Named

McKinley Advisors, serving as an independent third party, was chosen for its established success in advising other organizations through similar talks. McKinley will also advise through considerations related to strategic, financial and cultural barriers, among others.

“McKinley is a respected, proven entity and they bring a neutral point of view along with their expert insight,” said SSPC President Joe Walker.

“It’s already helping us make effective decisions more quickly. We’re impressed with what we’ve seen so far and optimistic that this will help us make the best, most informed decisions we can on behalf of our members.”

McKinley is also known for assisting clients with strategic guidance, research, insights, assistance with business transformation and marketing services.

"Bringing together associations that share meaningful missions like NACE and SSPC is one of the many rewarding aspects about our work,” said Jay Younger, FASAE, President & CEO, McKinley Advisors.

“The recognition of their members' best interests demonstrates strong leadership and a dedication to living their values. Our team is experienced in this area and looks forward to uniting the goals of two great associations and advancing their efforts." 

Moving forward, both organizations will continue to communicate about progress.


Tagged categories: Associations; Mergers; NA; NACE; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; SSPC

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