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International Aloe Science Council elects new officers

International Aloe Science Council elects new officers
IASC directors help set policies, priorities, and guidance for the association and promote the science of aloe vera and its use in consumer products.

The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) has announced seven members were elected to serve three-year terms on the board of directors at the association's board meeting on March 9, in Anaheim, California, immediately following Natural Products Expo West. The recently elected directors will work with 10 current directors to govern the association. IASC directors work with IASC staff and committees to set policies, priorities, and guidance for the association, and take action to promote the science of aloe vera and its use in a multitude of consumer products.

The newly elected directors include Chris Clarke, vice president, Winning Solutions/Miracle of Aloe; Ramiro Estrada Evalos, chief executive officer, Aloe Jaumave; Charles Metcalfe, president, Custom Analytics; Xavier Resendez, vice president of Aloe Operations, Aloe Vera of America; Santiago Rodriguez, chief executive officer, Lorand Laboratories; John Sigrist, president, Southern Fields Aloe; and Virginia Smothers, operations manager, Naturtech.

“There was a sense of excitement at the board meeting and the board members are energized about the future of the IASC,” stated board chair Roger Poore, vice president of regulatory affairs for Aloe Vera of America.

The IASC exhibited at Natural Products Expo West for the first time. “Our goal was to inform manufacturers and retailers of the benefits of membership and of having their aloe products certified for content and purity,” commented Jane Wilson, IASC executive director. “With such a diverse audience from the natural products industry in attendance, IASC achieved its goal of connecting with potential new members, as well as educating consumers and retailers about the services provided by the association,” said Wilson.

 “Exhibiting at Natural Products Expo West provided an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the IASC and its certification programs that help ensure the quality and purity of aloe vera products, and to support the continued development of new products in this category,” added Poore.

During the month of March, the IASC is offering special pricing for companies applying for new membership in the association. The International Aloe Science Council (IASC) is a nonprofit trade organization dedicated to serving the needs of the aloe vera industry worldwide. Aloe growers, processors, finished goods manufacturers, marketing companies, equipment suppliers, sales organizations, physicians, scientists and researchers are all eligible for and comprise the membership. The IASC serves as a liaison and source of information for consumers, students, and the general public interested in the research and development of aloe vera and its use in skin care products, beverages, pharmaceuticals, and a wide variety of other products.

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