The NASF just completed its 2013 Management Conference, and we are pleased to report that the quality of this year’s meeting reached a new level. Industry executives, managers and business owners attending have given extremely positive feedback. Highlights of the meeting included:
Economic & Business Update Dr. Ken Mayland, author of the NASF Economic Report and president of ClearView Economics, presented the latest data on business trends and his prognosis for the global economy and the state of manufacturing in North America.
Public Policy & Advocacy Christian Richter and Jeff Hannapel gave an overview of NASF’s policy agenda for 2013, focusing on pending U.S. and global regulatory decisions on nickel and chromium uses and industry litigation in federal appeals court in response to the U.S. EPA’s latest air emission standards for chromium finishing.
NASF 1000 Initiative Attendees made significant financial commitments to the NASF 1000 initiative. The goal of the NASF 1000 program is to have more than 100 leaders in the industry contribute $1,000 per year for five years and raise $500,000 to rebuild the industry’s Government Affairs fund and sustain the NASF’s advocacy and government relations efforts for the next decade. Joelie Zak of Scientific Control Laboratories and chairman of the NASF Government Advisory Committee was joined by Ray Lucas of Valley Chrome to discuss the effort and its role in promoting the industry’s agenda.
Association Update NASF President, Rick Delawder of SWD, gave a State of the Association update, which focused on an uplifting overview of the NASF’s turnaround and now its resurgent membership growth and plans for the future.
Business Strategy Author, Fast Company blogger and former McKinsey consultant Kaihan Krippendorff keynoted the conference with an informative session discussing his new book, Outthink the Competition. He focused on using a range of strategies and seeing opportunities that many businesses ignore.
NASF Bright Design Tony Revier of Uyemura and NASF Immediate Past President, announced the successful launch of the fourteenth annual Bright Design Challenge with the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. This annual competitive program, along with the association’s partnership with the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., invites students from around the country to think beyond traditional design and apply their very best creative spirit in developing “next generation” applications for surface finishing.
Attendees left the event motivated and energized by the association’s strong commitment to fulfilling its mission of advancing a sustainable future for surface finishing. Congratulations goes to Blair Vandivier of Asterion, chairman of this year’s management conference. Plans for the 2014 Management Conference are already underway, which will be chaired by Mike Kelly, ASKO Processing, Inc. We encourage you to visit the NASF website (nasf.org) for up-to-date announcements on the conference.