Meetings at the 16th Annual NARMS Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, held last week, resulted in significant action by the NARMS Board of Directors to ensure the future prosperity of our Association. Leaders from the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry engaged in a candid conversation in several forums. The first was the annual Board of Directors meeting, the second was a joint session of the Board and members of each Divisional Committee, and the third was a town hall question and answer session as part of the NARMS Annual Business Meeting. Here are the action items brought forward:
A committee will be formed to provide recommendations on the location and format for future Spring Conferences. The recommendations for locations will be in effect after 2012, as the Board had earlier decided to stick with the prior commitment to Saddlebrook in Tampa, Florida. The board is actively seeking volunteers to serve on this committee along with Jim Fulk, Judy Einbinder, and Marc Shapiro. Contact Ken McKenzie at NARMS headquarters if you would be interested in serving in this capacity.
The Board is proud to announce the following Division Chairpersons: Ken Kress and John Gillis will co-chair the MSO Committee, Lucas Pierce will chair the Event Marketing Committee, Gregg Morrison will chair the PIC Committee, Jim Hall will chair the IFBA Committee until a replacement can be determined, Kelly Baker will chair the Manufacturer Committee, and Charlie Fanning will chair the Associate Committee.
During the town hall Q & A, some concern was voiced over the current relevancy of the NARMS Mission Statement. Subsequent discussion revealed the need to review and revise the statement to better reflect the current state of the Association. Judy Einbinder has stepped forward to be the point person for the project. The revision will be passed through the board for input and then forwarded to the Membership to be reviewed.
Much attention was given to filling the vacant Executive Director position. The Board spent significant time listening to the members as they voiced their opinions about what they desired in a new leader. The Board is currently compiling a list of requirements in order to craft a job description to use in the search process.
The final, major topic of discussion revolves around the future strategic direction of NARMS. The Board will provide members with updates on a 60-day cycle, and more frequently if needed, to make sure that all members understand and support the direction and strategy of the Association. In doing so, the Board is seeking a greater level of transparency in initiatives such as RORI, Accreditation, and development of a project in collaboration with University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Perhaps the biggest observation from the annual get together is that the NARMS Board of Directors and leadership have been listening to the members and that the members have been heard. If you attended the conference, we are seeking your input on the event. Please click here to participate in a brief survey. #NARMSCON451
Over the history of NARMS, the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry has been blessed by the leadership of some of the top professionals in the industry. The calendar once again says it is time to begin the process of finding the next generation of leaders to take our industry into the future. In two separate communications this week, NARMS headquarters informed the membership that nominations for the Board of Directors are now open.
A Nominating Committee has been formed consisting of three current members of the Board of Directors and two other active members of the Association. The 2011 Nomination Committee includes Chair Lance Andersen of CROSSMARK Sales and Marketing, Inc.; Steve Donzelli of Chuck Latham Associates, Inc.; Gregg Morrison of Touchpoint 360, LLC; Kelly Baker of Teters Floral Products; and Julie Nichols of Nichols and Associates, Inc.
In order to be eligible, your nominee must currently act as the ceo, president, vice president or director of a corporation, member, partner, or owner of an active member company, or any individual vested with equal authority by the member company. The qualified candidate will be: able to meet the time commitment, attentive to Association needs, a group decision maker, objective, a good communicator, a person of integrity and absent of serious conflicts of interest.
Nominations are open for the expiring terms of Dave Tucci of CSN Retail Services, who is eligible for re-nomination to an additional two-year term; Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, also eligible for re-nomination to an additional two-year term; and Lance Andersen of CROSSMARK Sales & Marketing, Inc., who has served two complete terms. To include your nominee on the slate, you must submit their name to a member of the Nominating Committee by February 14 and copy Ken McKenzie.
When nominations are complete, a ballot will be sent to all NARMS Members. Members will then vote and submit completed ballots no later than seven days before the scheduled annual meeting that takes place at the 16th Annual NARMS Spring Conference. That means the cut-off date for completed ballots this year is Friday, April 1, 2011. Any ballots received after that date will not count.
Always remember that this is your Association. Getting involved by serving on a Division Committee or the Board of Directors is a means of demonstrating leadership. It is a serious commitment, but one that has many personal and professional rewards as you will be helping to guide the growth on an entire industry.
Loren Woodbury of HP is the latest participant in the NARMS Manufacturer-Retailer Connection Forum scheduled for Monday, April 19th at NARMS Spring Conference. Others include: Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Entertainment; Joe Wood of Roundy’s Supermarkets; Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo and Kelly Baker of Tetter’s Floral.
By now, the link to the December issue of NARMS Today is waiting for each and every one of you in your email in box. As you recall, NARMS Today is now a strictly digital publication. In case you missed it amid a flurry of incoming mail, here is another link. Make sure you follow the link and take a few moments to read and make note of all the great industry information and updates that make up this quarterly publication that is a valuable part of the NARMS communication program.
This issue starts off in high gear with a message from NARMS Chairperson, Don Koller. His article entitled, “The Finish Line is the Bottom Line,” is a great synopsis of how NARMS and its member benefits can help you reach ultimate success in your business.
In, “Quality is Now More Than a Hope and A Prayer, NARMS President/CEO Dan Borschke discusses how the new NARMScertifyU will help the industry achieve a high level of quality and consistency by offering learning modules to field reps.
Is today’s retail industry economy “bucking you around”? Check out Ken’s Keystrokes where NARMS Vice President Ken McKenzie takes a lighter look in, “Can You See Yourself at a Rodeo?”
In case you have not been keeping up with association events and happenings, you will want to review NARMS News and the Spring Conference Highlights pages which will get you caught up in a quick glance.
As always, our Divisional Committee heads have contributed to the issue with a review of division activity and recap of recent divisional meetings. Included are articles by Steve Workman and Carlos Rocca of the MSO division, Gregg Morrison of the PIC division, Kelly Baker of the Manufacturer’s division, Carolyn Weiland of the Associate Member division, Jim Hall of the IFBA and Julie Nichols of the Event Marketing division.
The issue ends with another value packed article by frequent contributor Jim Pancero in his, “You Can Always Sell More,” series.
NARMS Today is an important building block in the further development of our industry. You owe it to yourself to find a few minutes in a busy day to take a break and get caught up on NARMS happenings. We know you will enjoy this issue.