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A Word from Your New NOMMA President
KEITH MAJKA, NOMMA PRESIDENT
us, and it was an
awesome four days of education, networking,
and camaraderie in beautiful Greenville, South
Carolina. Attendees had the opportunity to
attend educational sessions, speak to vendors
at the trade show, and share ideas with other
members concerning our profession. While
there was time to learn more about our industry, there was also time to renew old friendships, make new friends, and to celebrate.
Perhaps some of us celebrated more than
others, but there was still a sense of purpose
to our conference.
The Top Job competition filled out all
17 categories with as many as 13 entries in
some. The artistry, craftsmanship, and quality of the work was inspiring and reassuring
that our industry is alive, well, and flourishing.
The continuing education units (CEU)
offered through A.I.A., A.S.L.A., and A.S.I.D.
at the conference are an asset to our industry, and we are working toward making them
available to local chapters. This will allow
us to put the NOMMA brand in front of more
architects to showcase our fabrication and
finishing know-how. Architects will then be
better able to write specifications for our
industry projects. The continuing education
program is an excellent vehicle to harness
and showcase the width and depth of the
diverse NOMMA talent.
METALfab 2016 IS BEHIND
Allyn Moseley and The Heirloom Companies
opened their shop to us where we attended
demonstrations, had a great barbeque, and
tapped our toes to some bluegrass music.
Allyn and his family did a great job all around
for METALfab 2016. Allyn, his company, and
his family exemplify everything that is good
I, again, would like to thank everyone in
NOMMA for the opportunity to serve this great
organization as your president. I will honor
your trust in me to help NOMMA by expanding
membership, education, and committing to
profession, pride, and integrity.
I am fortunate to follow leadership that has
vision and moved NOMMA in the right direction. Allyn Moseley is a tough act to follow, but
as he stated in his last letter, he intends to be
around and to contribute to NOMMA as long as
he can. I look forward to his support and also to
the support of Cathy Vequist. They have been
there for me in the past, and I look forward to
their continuing support of myself and NOMMA.
I believe strongly in NOMMA to advance
our profession and to unify our industry in
a common goal. It is my hope to continue to
build our organization and revitalize it to its
full potential. That potential is still within
reach for us to obtain if we so wish to. While
our organization is in need of bolstering, I
am confident that we can rise to meet the
challenges ahead of us. The continued longevity of NOMMA is something I believe we
can all agree on. We need to work together to
thrive as a group and to succeed as individuals within that group.
Economic turbulence has battered our business and we struggle to survive. It is important
not to lose sight of the larger picture while we
work toward our own private goals.
Together we can move forward and give vitality and renewal to NOMMA. There is strength
in numbers, and collectively we can advance
and at the same time reap individual success.
Our numbers are not as large as they once
were, but with commitment we can bring membership back up. It is up to us as NOMMA
members to work toward that goal. I know that
if we do not commit to this effort NOMMA will
undoubtedly suffer, and it will impact each of
us. Together we can move NOMMA forward
and achieve success.
Each of us has to reemphasize our commitment to gather new members to add to our
ranks. We each know someone who has yet
to join or has let their membership lapse. We
need to get those individuals to join us in our
professional journey as members.
For those of you who were not able to attend
the conference, you missed a wonderful time.
I urge you to plan to be with us next year. You
will not regret it!
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