WASHINGTON, DC - Chris Cathcart joined the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) as its president in January of 2000. During his tenure at the association, Cathcart initiated the formation of Product Care, the industry's product stewardship program; the founding of the Alliance for Consumer Education, the association's non-profit educational foundation for which he is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as Secretary; and established the Association's Air Care Division, which represents air fresheners and other air care products. Under Cathcart's leadership the Association has enjoyed a steady growth in membership and has achieved strong financial footing.
Cathcart serves in various other capacities within the industry, including as President of the Association’s insurance company, Consumer Specialties Insurance Company (CSI). Under his leadership, CSI has doubled its number of insureds. He is also on the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Consumer Aerosol Products Council and is a board member of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association.
Prior to joining CSPA, Cathcart worked for the National Association of Chemical Distributors, beginning in March of 1992 as Vice President and General Manager. He was named Executive Vice President in September of 1993, and President and Chief Operating Officer in December of 1998. From 1990 to 1992, he served as President, Hazardous Materials Advisory Council, and from 1981 to 1990 he served in various management positions with the Chemical Manufacturers Association, now known as the American Chemistry Council. From 1974 to 1981 he served in both military and civilian government positions.
He earned his Bachelor's of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, a Master’s of Arts from Central Michigan University, and completed other postgraduate work at George Washington University.
Chris and his family live in Potomac, Maryland. Away from work, Cathcart enjoys sailing, motorcycling and distance running. Additionally, he is a pilot and holds a commercial license with multi-engine, instrument and glider ratings. He volunteers his time and expertise to transport patients for Angel Flight, a non-profit charitable organization that arranges free air transportation for medically-related needs. He also serves on the President's Executive Council of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
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