New PMPA President is Honored to Serve Your Association
Fellow PMPA members,
On October 24, 2020 at the Annual Meeting held at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, I was formally introduced as President of your PMPA for 2020-21.
I am honored and humbled at the opportunity to serve this great association. It is my pleasure to inform you that PMPA is in excellent standing, due to the stewardship of countless talented and driven individuals over the past 87 years. Please know that your current Committees and Board are also filled with great people who are doing an excellent job to position us well for the future.
The year 2020 has proven to be a very difficult year for many of our companies and for many millions of people around the globe. Through it all, we have been comforted by the fact that none of us were alone or without guidance. We have also been recognized and respected for the fact that many of our products truly are “essential” to the health and safety of our country and our world.
During the current pandemic, PMPA has actually grown in membership. Much of this growth is likely a combined result of our alliance with GMAS (Gardner) and the growing understanding of the vast resources available to our PMPA members.
Our Team in Brecksville; Cate, Miles, Renee, Carli, Veronica and Joe (plus Matt and Kent in Cincinnati) have done some really great work throughout this year. It has been a pleasure to see the Team having fun as they serve our members and come up with new ideas. Through all of the twists and turns associated with the ever-changing environment, we have been supplied endless information on government imposed shutdowns, health and safety updates, PPP changes and updates, and we have been provided a steady flow of technical information. Contracts for conferences have been negotiated and re-negotiated, due to the uncertain times. Our website has been updated in-house, and a large number of podcasts have been produced and are available for viewing by our members. This is all in addition to the normal, behind the scenes work that our Team does for the benefit of our association on a daily basis.
In 2020, it has been unfortunate but necessary to suspend a majority of local Chapter meetings and events. Our hope is that 2021 will allow our local Chapters to once again hold meetings, as these meetings are an important way for our members to connect with each other. It remains our goal to continue working toward growing our local Chapters.
I would like to thank our outgoing President, Victor DaCruz, for the great work he has done and the excellent example he has set over the past year. Victor is a wonderful person, and he has served PMPA very well. Due to the pandemic, Victor wasn’t able to visit many local Chapters. He and I are hopeful that in 2021 we may be able to visit some of the Chapters and also tour a number of member facilities together.
I hope to see many of you in the coming year, either at Local or National meetings.
In closing; thank you to all of our members. You are the reason PMPA exists, and our goal is to continually show you what we already know; we truly are ….”Better Together.”
Best regards and best wishes for the upcoming holidays and new year!
President, H&R Screw Machine Products, Inc.