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President’s Message

Report from Paradise

From Hap Porter, President of SMI

By the time you receive this issue, winter should be over. Right now as I write this it is snowing here in Boston…again. For the umpteenth time in as many days, it’s cold and snowy. And there are many sections of the country that have experienced even colder and snowier weather. But there is at least one place where there has been NO snow this winter – in Hawaii.

It just so happens that SMI’s Annual Convention was in Oahu this past February. What a coincidence!

The Oahu meeting was also a venue full of important educational content. We heard from David Wheatley, an expert on leadership and team building, who spoke about the choices we all make in our jobs and businesses. Nariman Behravesh, a noted economist, updated members on the U.S. and global economies. And Colonel David Hunt gave a synopsis of the current state of the war on terror.

Among all these enjoyable activities, members were busy connecting with each other. Some were seeing old friends, catching up on each other’s lives and businesses. Others were new to the SMI scene, and had the chance to make fresh acquaintances. Suppliers saw customers. And everyone there had a chance to pay tribute to Jim Wood, SMI’s independent regulatory compliance consultant, who recently announced his upcoming retirement.

The Oahu meeting was also a venue full of important educational content. We heard from David Wheatley, an expert on leadership and team building, who spoke about the choices we all make in our jobs and businesses. Nariman Behravesh, a noted economist, updated members on the U.S. and global economies. And Colonel David Hunt gave a synopsis of the current state of the war on terror.

More important than any of this, however, was the work undertaken by the SMI operating committees. These groups consider everything from the educational content of future meetings, to how we best attract new new members, to what surveys are the most useful to our members, to how Springs magazine can maintain its excellence in publishing the news of our industry, and how our associate members can best serve SMI.

This convention marked the debut of our Trade Show committee, charged with developing and producing the first-ever SMI technical symposium and exhibition. Led by Dan Sceli of Peterson Spring, the membership of this group includes eight regular, associate and even honorary members. In addition, it is working closely with our Technical committee (co-chaired by Gene Huber of Winamac Coil and Simon Fleury of Liberty Spring) since a key component of the trade show experience will be the technical symposium to be held during the event.

I would like to extend an invitation to any SMI member who would like to help develop our trade show. There is much to accomplish, and our ultimate success will depend on the involvement of many talented folks. So as you can see – lots happened while SMI was out in paradise. If you were there, thanks for coming. And if you weren’t, I hope you will consider joining us in April, 2015 when we gather in Orlando.

Hap Porter
President and COO, SEI MetalTek
hporter@seimetaltek.com

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