O&MM Fabricator - March/April 2017 - 10
Making Choices, Taking Chances,
and Making Changes
SEVENTEEN YEARS AGO, TERRY and I made a
Choice to leave corporate America and take a
Chance on owning and growing a small ornamental business. After all, how hard could
that be? We had complementary experience -
him with manufacturing management of high
quality industrial equipment, and I in sales,
marketing and management ...
Well, it was much harder, and more of a
Chance, than we first thought.
So, one of the smartest things we did
was to find a group of industry people who
could help us not only survive, but prosper.
Our NOMMA membership and the relationships with members who had both expertise
and the willingness to share it, ultimately
became our safety net, source of information and expanding knowledge over the coming years. It enabled us to make the Changes
needed to become a respected Top Job
While serving on the NOMMA Board, I
have had a chance to appreciate, first hand,
all the knowledge, passion for NOMMA,
and hard work that volunteers share with
the Board. Over the past four years, this
Board has had to face a series of issues
and external trends that have significantly
impacted our Association; from our members emerging from a lengthy recession,
the change in revenue sources we used to
take for granted, such as advertising in our
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print magazine, to declining numbers of our
members attending our annual METALfab
conferences, and the changing demographics
of our members.
Because of these issues, the Board had
to make some hard, very hard, decisions that
balanced the needs of our membership with
the financial requirements of our Association.
I am inspired by past presidents JR Molina
and Mark Koenke, who made Choices to focus
us on membership needs; who made Changes
to enhance membership value; and who made
METALfab a "MUST NOT MISS" event. Past
president Allyn Mosely pushed us forward
to take the Chance on co-locating a future
METALfab with FENCETECH; and past president Keith Majka was tenacious in assuring
all the details were covered so this Change
could take place.
While at METALfab, we saw the results
of this: a huge exhibitor commitment to
METALfab; the largest number of attendees
in the last seven years; a vibrant education
program; and a better experience for all of
our members. We had exhibitors and fabricators, alike, tell us that there was an "electricity" and "excitement" they had not felt for
While we had some expected bumps
in this first year of co-location, overall we
are delighted with the successes of this
year's METALfab; and we are confident that
METALfab 2018, in Phoenix, will offer our
members even greater benefits.
I am honored to be the president of NOMMA
and to have the chance it provides to give back
to this group of people who so willingly gave to
us. I am committing my year of presidency to
continue the work of those who have made the
difficult decisions in the past. We know there
are still many hard choices that await us and
much work to be done to meet the needs of our
members, and that will be our focus this year.
Please help us with that! We have already
asked METALfab attendees to give us feedback on your METALfab experience. And
shortly, we will be asking all our members
to tell us what you most value and need from
your Association. In May, we will be working
on forward planning, in conjunction with the
NOMMA Education Foundation Trustees, so
we can design our organization to respond to
your most significant needs.
The Board and I are committed to continue
to make the Choices and take the Chances in
order to make the Changes to assure that our
Association is one that will not only survive,
but also thrive, and in turn help you prosper.
Thank you all for being a part of this great
thing we call NOMMA!
"You have to make a Choice,
to Take a Chance,
In order to make a Change"