At the beginning of 2016, I wrote my first message as President about my decision to focus on three main objectives for ARM’s 40th year:
- Select a Technical Director for ARM.
- Increase and update our social media presence and web image.
- Make the 40th Anniversary Meeting an excellent and very memorable event.
I am proud to say that as a result of our participative Board, I believe we have accomplished these objectives.
In August, ARM came to an agreement with Dr. Nick Henwood to serve as our technical director. Dr. Nick will help ARM and the industry to take next steps, to go further, and to grow bigger. We will see added technical value at our meetings, during our webinars, and on our website. Throughout 2017, Dr. Nick will collect technical information from the industry for ARM to disseminate to our members.
Just to mention some of our efforts in increasing our social media presence, we are proud to say that ARM’s LinkedIn Group has more than 1,300 members from the worldwide rotomolding industry and features process questions from members and occasional job listings. ARM’s Facebook page now provides news on our upcoming events and other important information for rotational molders. On this Blog you will find articles from several members of our industry highlighting the goals of the Association and issues of interest to all rotomolders.
Our website was redesigned this Fall so that it works better on phone and tablets. We also now know that hundreds of our members are visiting our webinar library every month.
This September in New Orleans, we brought more than four hundred rotomolders and friends together for our 40th Anniversary Meeting. Our evaluation of the meeting tells us that we exceeded expectations for old friends, first-time attendees, spouses, suppliers, and everyone involved. Our Association has done a great job for the industry and all of us contributed somehow to this success. We had so much to be proud of and we had a great party where we continued to learn from one another like those 21 companies that met in Chicago in 1976.
ARM could not have met these objectives without the leadership of our Board of Directors. In 2017, Matt Bushman, Mario Poma, Alvin Spence, and Mick Webber will join the ARM Board. I want to welcome them and thank them for volunteering to lead this organization.
I also want to recognize our departing Board members: David Braeunig, Doug Cunningham, and Brian Olesen. Thank you for all the guidance you have offered ARM and the friendship you have offered me.
Conchita Miranda is the President of ARM and the Director General of Operadora MPK.
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