S L E U M G B E M SL R U N G E W S U.S. Representative Karen Handel Visits Arylessence The Congresswoman toured headquaters, met with leadership O n March 26, 2018, U.S. Representative Karen Handel (GA-6) visited Arylessence at its Marietta, Georgia, headquarters to learn about legislative issues affecting the fragrance industry and the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the local economy. She was joined by her District Director Ashley Jenkins and Georgia State Director for the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Nathan Humphries. Rep. Handel and her staff met with Arylessence executive leadership, including President Steve Tanner, Executive Vice President of Client Services Cynthia T. Reichard, Vice President of Operations Bret Tanner, and CFO Chuck Martin. The group shared about the company’s history as well as its efforts in the fragrance and flavor industry over the past 40 years. They also provided a tour of the facility, allowing Rep. Handel to witness daily operations and meet many employees. Rep. Handel and 36 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | Issue 2, 2018 guests were excited to learn about many aspects of the business, from laboratory practices, to quality check procedures, to understanding the breadth of materials that are handled in the facility. She even got to visit the loading dock! “Arylessence has a long history of hosting our state and federal representatives,” said Steve Tanner. “We were honored to recently add United States Representative Handel to our list of official visits. It is beneficial to have this face-to-face contact with our legislators and discuss real-life business issues in our daily work environment. These visits create an important opportunity for these officials to meet our employees and personally experience the processes required in developing our formulations. Our goals are to share our passion for our unique industry, showcase the dedication of our people, and for them to walk away thinking of the impact to our industry when considering future legislation.” FN Top, left to right: Chuck Martin, CFO of Arylessence; Bret Tanner, Vice Presi- dent of Operations; Rep. Karen Handel; Steve Tanner, President; Cynthia Reich- ard, Executive Vice President of Client Services; and Nathan Humphries, Geor- gia State Director for the NFIB. Above: Rep. Handel interacts with Heather Killgo, Vice President of Perfumery.