O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2016 - (Page 9)

PRESIDENT'SLETTER 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 about NOMMA. 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! May/June 2016 * O&MM Fabricator | 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of O&MM Fabricator - May/June 2016

PRESIDENT’S LETTER
LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
NOMMA Network
NOMMA Education Foundation
TIME- AND MONEY-SAVING TIPS FOR WELDING JIGS
THE COLLECTIVE MIND GATE SERIES — PART II
THE ENGLISH ARTIST BLACKSMITH — KEEPING AN ANCIENT TRADITION ALIVE
BE SMART WITH YOUR MARKETING EFFORTS
SEO IS NOT DEAD
Supplier Members
New NOMMA Members, Iron Club Members & Rust Free Club Members
Industry News
Products
People
Nueva Castilla Co. – Celebrating 50 Years in Business!
Index of Advertisers

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