NACE and SSPC Announce Ad-Hoc Integration Teams


NACE and SSPC Announce Ad-Hoc Integration Teams
Thirteen teams of association members and staff working collaboratively to form a new combined organization

Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – July 24, 2020 – NACE and SSPC today announced the launch of thirteen ad-hoc teams which have been convened to begin the process of combining the 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.

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

Following is a list of the areas of focus of current ad-hoc teams:

  • Accreditation
  • Branding
  • Certifications
  • Chapter/Sections
  • Conferences and Events
  • Education
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Governance
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Pre-Professional Activities
  • Publications
  • Staff Engagement
  • 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 the Town Halls, information will be announced online and via email when any new developments take place.

The first NACE-SSPC Town Hall will take place on Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST. Registration is free and available here.

For more information about the committees or the NACE-SSPC decision to combine, please visit

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is the world’s largest nonprofit of its kind with more than 38,000 members in 130 countries. Based in Houston, Texas, with offices in the U.S., the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and a training center in Dubai, the organization serves all industries impacted by corrosion. NACE International provides its membership with numerous benefits and offers the world’s most specified technical training and certification programs, industry standards, reports, conferences, and publications focused on corrosion prevention and mitigation.

About SSPC

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society focused on the use of protective coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was changed to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to reflect the evolution of coatings technology and the expanding types of construction materials. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with offices in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and China, more than 16,000 professionals and 420 companies worldwide carry active SSPC certifications.

Today, SSPC promotes the protection and preservation of concrete, steel and other industrial and marine structures and surfaces through the use of high-performance protective, marine and industrial coatings. SSPC is the leading source of training and information on surface preparation, coating selection, coating application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry.