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> AWI Improves its Industry through Member Engagement BY MARY LOU JAY PHONE CONVERSATIONS WITH members are an important part of every day for the staff of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). "Our members thrive on personal contact; they like to have the staff pick up the phone and call them," said Ashley Goodin, CAE, technical services manager. "We try very hard to maintain that personal relationship with all our members and to give them opportunities to network and engage at our annual meetings as well as at our chapter programs." "As a trade association, AWI does for many what no single member individual could ever hope to do alone," said Philip Duvic, AWI executive vice president. "Through AWI's many programs, products and services, there is 12 > Fall 2016 no shortage of opportunities for member engagement through industry standards, education and networking." AWI, which has 960 manufacturing members and 212 supplier members, develops and publishes the standards for the specification, construction and installation of interior architectural woodwork. "Members and industry stakeholders alike are encouraged to participate in the continuous improvement of those standards," he added. "Each member's voice is very important to our technical committee and essential to its role of standards improvement. Over time, our entire industry improves through this member-driven continuous improvement process. After all, the reason AWI exists is to serve and improve the industry in which our members go to market." AWI's best practices groups are one way the association both involves members and improves the industry. The 13 best practices groups include owners and top executives of up to 10 member companies who are similar in size but geographically separated so they are not competing. The groups meet on a quarterly basis at each other's plants. "It's like having their own personal board for their plants," said Cassey Gibson, AWI's chief member services officer. "They share financials, they share struggles, they share successes. They look at each other's businesses critically-in

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Fall 2016

Message from the Chair
GSAE News & Events
New Members
AWI Improves its Industry through Member Engagement
Engaging with Generation Y Members
Member Engagement is a Journey, Not a Transaction
What Matters Most to Members?
Don’t Settle for ‘Good’
Professional Development vs. Career Management
GSAE Fall Events
Congratulations to the GSAE Leadership Academy Class of 2016
Meetings Thought Leadership
Destination: Nashville’s Neighborhoods
Choices: Travel through Time
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Index of Advertisers
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Connections - Fall 2016 - Message from the Chair
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Connections - Fall 2016 - New Members
Connections - Fall 2016 - AWI Improves its Industry through Member Engagement
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Connections - Fall 2016 - Engaging with Generation Y Members
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Connections - Fall 2016 - Member Engagement is a Journey, Not a Transaction
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Connections - Fall 2016 - Don’t Settle for ‘Good’
Connections - Fall 2016 - Professional Development vs. Career Management
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Connections - Fall 2016 - GSAE Fall Events
Connections - Fall 2016 - Congratulations to the GSAE Leadership Academy Class of 2016
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Connections - Fall 2016 - Destination: Nashville’s Neighborhoods
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