From Hap Porter, President of SMI
Time is a funny thing. When we were kids, it stood still as we waited for class to end and vacation to begin. This past February in New England, time seemed to stop as winter set in, producing over 7.5 feet of snow in three weeks! Spring was but a distant mirage on the grey and stormy horizon. But time flies by when we are having fun, vacationing with family or enjoying the company of friends on a warm summer day.
With these contradictions in mind, I find myself just over halfway through my term as SMI president. On one hand, I can’t imagine how this happened so quickly. But when I reflect on all that has been accomplished since February, 2014, I realize that it has, indeed, been a very busy and eventful time.
Leading this list, of course, is all the effort that has gone into the design and planning for this fall’s inaugural Metal Engineering eXpo, to be held in Charlotte, N.C. from October 20-22. When we left our annual meeting in Tucson in the spring of 2013, our membership had given the board a clear mandate for SMI to act as a resource to serve the members’ technical needs. They wanted SMI to produce a trade show that would have a heavy component of symposia and class time. Our trade show committee, under the leadership of Dan Sceli, has worked closely with the technical (led by Gene Huber and Simon Fleury), and education (led by Mike Betts) committees to plan over 24 hours of technical and education sessions in Charlotte. Every eXpo attendee and exhibitor will find topics and resources that will help them run their businesses more effectively and, very possibly, more profitably.
A second major development over the last year was filling the very large shoes of our retiring safety resource, Jim Wood. Fortunately, we did so last fall with the hiring of Dr. Laura Rhodes as the SMI regulatory compliance consultant. An associate professor in the Safety Sciences department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in Indiana, Pa., Laura brings a wealth of compliance knowledge
and training experience to a role that can and should benefit every SMI member.
Throughout the last year, the SMI staff stayed continually busy. Executive director Lynne Carr, administrative coordinator Dina Sanchez and Springs editor Gary McCoy, each juggled an impressive array of tasks and responsibilities. Whether it’s the production of this outstanding magazine; the planning of upcoming conventions (and also the eXpo!); managing the finances of our Institute (very strong, by the way); or assisting members by responding to various inquiries on numerous topics, the SMI crew does an outstanding job each and every day.
Finally, the Institute would not function if not for the time and effort put in by members who graciously volunteer to serve on our several operating committees. I thank them all for their selfless service throughout the year, and all
SMI members benefit from their work.
Much has been accomplished over the last 15 months, and I pledge to make the most of the time remaining in my term as SMI president!
President and COO, SEI MetalTek