American Cleaning Institute (ACI) president and CEO Melissa Hockstad has been named the 2023 Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS and CEO Update.
The award, given out annually, recognizes CEOs who make vital contributions as members of leadership to associations while making a significant impact on its performance.
Hockstad has been leading ACI, the trade association for the cleaning product supply chain, for seven years. During her tenure, she revitalized the organization's strategic plans and priorities and invested in the communications, advocacy, scientific and meetings teams to provide greater value for member companies.
"Melissa’s leadership of ACI has been nothing short of stellar, elevating the depth, breadth and excellence of an organization and staff that delivers great membership value for the cleaning product supply chain, year-in and year-out," said Wayne Ashton, vice president, home & personal care, IFF and Chair of ACI’s Board of Directors. "Every year, she manages to elevate the performance of the entire association while ensuring it remains a great place to work."
Going forward, she will also serve as the Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Council of Manufacturers Associations (CMA). This new position was announced during the CMA 2023 Winter Leadership Conference. NAM is made up of over 200 industry-specific manufacturing associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide.
Hockstad will serve in this role alongside Jennifer Abril, president and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), who will be the vice chair of CMA. Previously, Hockstad was the council vice chair throughout 2022.