President’s Message from Dru Laws

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Conchita Miranda and Dru Laws at Rotoplas 2017

To say I am humbled to now be President of ARM is an understatement.  I consider myself very fortunate to be following in Conchita Miranda’s footsteps.  She is a wonderful leader.  With a successful 40th anniversary year and Rotoplas year in our rear-view mirror, I am excited to see what this year will bring.

I clearly remember falling in love with the rotomolding process immediately after molding my first part about 18 years ago.  Similarly, I clearly remember falling in love with the rotomolding industry when I attended my first ARM meeting a couple years later.  What a ride it has been!  I owe so much of who I have become professionally to this organization and the people within.

This will be a fantastic year for ARM, with numerous continuing education opportunities for your employees.

  • Our troubleshooting teleconferences continue to draw impressive participation. With two already on the calendar, you can expect these to continue as a great benefit to you and your employees
  • We are already working on regional meeting locations in Wisconsin, South Carolina, and California. As usual, the target audience for these meetings are your shop floor workers and leaders.
  • The March Executive Forum in Orlando promises to be a valuable event, designed to heavily focus on the labor issues that plague manufacturing. Your HR departments shouldn’t miss out on this one.
  • The Annual Meeting this year returns to the Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal in October. Watch for more information about this in the coming months
  • And finally, as a free benefit to ARM members, we are excited to be launching a series of eleven Operator Training webinars. These webinars offer your employees an industry endorsed training program, complete with continual assessment evaluations and completion certificates.  The first is scheduled for February 14th.  You’re going to love this!

Please join me in making this a great year.  And please let me know if I can help in any way.

Dru Laws is the President of ARM and the Senior Vice President of Seljan Company in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

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