NACE International and SSPC Select McKinley Advisors as Facilitator of Cooperative Agreement


Houston, Texas – August 6, 2019 - Today NACE International and SSPC, The Society for Protective Coatings announced their joint decision to hire McKinley Advisors to manage the ongoing exploratory process for a potential cooperative relationship between the organizations. Through its experience with many similar transactions, McKinley Advisors has developed a thorough model to gather member and stakeholder feedback and evaluate options for collaboration.

Selected for its expertise and success in guiding other organizations through similar endeavors, McKinley is serving as a third party, independent advisor as it helps both organizations navigate numerous considerations related to financial, strategic, cultural, and other barriers.

“We invited McKinley to meet with the NACE and SSPC teams at our last meeting and quickly recognized the value their experience and knowledge brings to our discussions,” said NACE International President Terry Greenfield. “They’ve worked with many organizations who have been through this process and they’ve seen it all. They are going to be a great help to us as we navigate any challenges.”

“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.”

"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." 

Both organizations will communicate regularly about progress. To receive updates from the associations please email or

About McKinley Advisors

McKinley is a trusted partner to mission-driven organizations seeking insights, advice and ongoing support to accelerate their success and impact on the world. Their approach combines data and proven practices while honoring each organization’s unique needs and realities by immersing themselves into each organization’s culture. McKinley helps clients with strategic guidance, providing research and insights, business transformation assistance, and membership and marketing services.

About NACE International
Founded in 1943, NACE International, The Corrosion Society 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.


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.