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Profile: Jack Gerard, American Chemistry Council

Given the challenge to upright an organization and put it back on solid footing, Jack N. Gerard left his private consulting practice to lead and reshape associations.  

At National Mining Association, he became known for cutting costs, streamlining the association and ramping up its lobbying efforts.  At American Chemistry Council, he’s used a similar blueprint to bolster advocacy, hone the organization’s priorities, and attract members who had left the council. 

In his office in Arlington, Va., Gerard recently talked to CEO Update about making the leap to a $100 million budget organization and “calming the waters” during tumultuous times.

Q: In making the transition from the consulting firm to advocating for an industry, what were the lessons you learned along the way?