Passing the Gavel
From Steve Moreland, President of SMI
We all know the saying “Time flies when you are having fun!” It is hard to believe my term as your leader has come to an end and that this is my final President’s Message. I can truly say it has been an honor and an extreme privilege to serve as your president during the past two years. I will always treasure and cherish this time.
Leading the SMI has been a richly rewarding experience in so many ways, but mostly because of the people. I’ve been blessed to work with such great folks and to meet so many others around the nation and the world.
Over the past two years, we have developed a strategic plan with the help of a broad representative base of SMI members. The specific initiatives contained in this plan will help our members and the entire North American spring industry improve its global competitiveness. If you are an SMI member, I encourage you to attend our annual conventions and join one of the many operating committees who will help execute these specific strategic plans.
During my inauguration speech two years ago, I shared that beyond my first two passions (my faith and my family), that my next two passions were manufacturing and relationships. During the past two years, together we have achieved all seven of my goals for the SMI under passion for manufacturing and four of my seven goals for the SMI under passion for relationships. Without a unified team of expert staff and dedicated volunteers, these goals
could not have been met.
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to an incredible list of players who are responsible for the achievement of these goals and the ongoing success of the SMI. No organization can sustain excellence without a steady stream of dedicated, committed, hard-working volunteers; at the SMI it has been my pleasure to work with a wonderful executive committee, board of directors, committee chairs and committee members who together have helped to make excellent and sometimes challenging decisions to assure that our organization continues to reach for excellence in all that it does.
In addition to the great pleasure of working with all our wonderful volunteers, I want to extend a very special thank you to Lynne Carr, our executive director. Lynne is the glue that holds this organization together; in all my years of working and volunteering, I can honestly say I have never had the privilege of working with someone more dedicated, more committed and more loyal to an organization than Lynne is to the SMI. As members, we all benefit from this!
By the time you read this, I will have just passed the gavel to our new SMI president Hap Porter. I am confident and enthusiastic about Hap leading SMI over the next two years, not only because he is such a wonderful person, but because of his great mind and strong leadership skills. As I step out of the limelight, I wish Hap and the SMI the very brightest of futures!
President, Automatic Spring Products