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President’s Message From Mike Betts

President of SMIValue Through Teamwork

Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”

That profound statement caused me to reflect on fond memories of traveling with my father, Bill Betts Sr., to SMI conventions around the country. My father knew there were men and women of value within SMI’s ranks. He knew those men and women would impart “value” to me. Over the years, this value has remained in the form of comradery, friendship, respect and cooperation – the foundational elements of teamwork.

Now, I am honored to serve you as your incoming SMI president. I accept this role with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to my father, and to all SMI members, present and past. Together we will continue to work together as a united North American spring industry.

Starting off the new year, it was exciting to see many of our members at the 2016 SMI Annual Meeting held at the amazing St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, California.

Our speakers presented attendees with significant value and takeaways. Dr. Rajita Sinha conducted a total wellness presentation covering brain science and the effects of stress, and offered solutions for personal wellness. Dr. Paul Stoltz delivered a two-part presentation on GRIT — a compelling introspective on how much GRIT you have as an individual and how one can use GRIT to their advantage in all aspects of their personal and business life. Paul Menig, CEO of Tech I-M, presented findings from his extensive two-year journey and study of the spring industry. His presentation, an anthology of over 40 private discussions with SMI members, associates and prospective members, gave tremendous insight into the future of the spring industry for all size spring companies. Each member in attendance received a copy of his valuable study in the form of a whitepaper.

I am also excited to announce that our second annual SMI Metal Engineering eXpo will be held in Hartford, Connecticut in 2017 in conjunction with the New England Spring and Metalstamping Association (NESMA). SMI’s partnership with NESMA spans many years and our board is thrilled to hold our eXpo and technical symposia in the Northeast.

We have already begun planning for the 2017 eXpo, and beyond that our plan is to take the SMI Metal Engineering eXpo to different parts of the country to benefit all SMI members. If you would like to be part of our planning efforts, please reach out to me or Lynne Carr, our SMI executive director. We welcome everyone’s cooperation as we join together as a united spring industry.

On behalf of our board members and leadership at SMI, I would like to thank Hap Porter for his service as SMI president these past two years. Hap, and Steve Moreland, before him, did a remarkable job and were instrumental in SMI’s growth. Both these leaders graciously helped prepare me for my role. I have big shoes to fill and I look forward to being a steward and leader for our industry, just as both of them have been.

All the best!
Mike Betts

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