By: Jeff Baldwin, PMI President and Engineering Manager, T&S Brass and Bronze Works
Its official, the holiday season is upon us! Along with all the frenzy and fun it brings, the passing of one year to the next is a traditional time for reflecting on the past 12 months and looking forward to the next with anticipation and hope. As I look back over 2013, I am pleased with the many successes we have been able to celebrate as a group, proud of all the accomplishments and hopeful for the plans PMI has made for the future.
Our members have shown their untiring support and dedication to PMI by working together to help make the accomplishments of this year possible. Together, we have strengthened our core values and worked to balance our efforts in advocacy and outreach with our technical expertise. We have seen the return of our Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) and a show of support by our member company CEO’s. We have seen an increase in engagement with policymakers. We worked to strengthen our foundation and tighten our focus restructuring our Board of Directors and conference patterns for improved efficiency and output. We saw a record number of first time attendees at our Fall Conference and managed to overcome the difficulties of hosting such an event in the nation’s capital amidst a government shutdown. The overwhelming success of the Fall Conference would have been impossible without all the combined efforts and dedication of our members, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, committee chairs and our extraordinary PMI staff.
It has been both an incredible honor and a pleasure to serve as the 2013 PMI President and I look forward to all the things that are yet to come for our trade association. January will mark the passing of the presidency to Tim Kilbane, National Sales Manager, Symmons Industries Inc. who I know has already been hard at work with PMI staff to plan the upcoming 2014 Spring Conference in my home state of South Carolina. I wish Tim all the best during his term as PMI President, and hope he has the same pleasure of working with you that I did this year.
My sincerest thanks to each of you for making this a wonderful year, and I wish you all the best for the future. May you and your families have a safe and merry holiday season!