One more piece of Association business to tell you about today that comes out of the 2012 Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference (RMMC). At its annual business meeting, NARMS announced four new directors to the board and thanked departing members for their years of service. This new slate of directors will join the existing board in shaping a new direction for NARMS and providing leadership during a transition that will see a new headquarters staff and a change of location to Broomfield, Colorado.
The gathering recognized the outstanding contributions of departing Board Chair Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo, departing Vice Chair Ethan Charas of Stratmar Retail Services and Phil Karl of Performance Sales & Marketing Associates. The current Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will feature new Chair Steve Donzelli of Chuck Latham Associates, new Vice Chair Ed Martin of The Beam Team, new Secretary Jim Hall of Riteway Sales & Marketing and new Treasurer Gregg Morrison of TouchPoint 360.
New members elected to their first term on the board include John Gillis of Action Retail Services, Stefan Midford of Natural Insight and Julie Nichols of Nichols and Associates. Jerry O’Brien, of the University of Wisconsin Kohl’s Department Store Center for Retailing Excellence was elected to his second term.
Jim Fulk of RMSe will fill the vacant seat of Kelly Hampton, who recently resigned from the board. He received the next highest amount of votes and fills the opening based on provisions in NARMS By-Laws. Fulk will fill the last year of the term and will have the opportunity to be elected for a second term. Meeting attendees also took some time to thank Hampton for her service and leadership.
The NARMS Board of Directors will next meet in Broomfield on June 19-20. In the meantime, please contact them or the NARMS staff with any concerns, questions or ideas that you may have for the very exciting weeks, months and years ahead. The next election will take place via ballot just prior to the 2013 RMMC and the results will be announced at the annual business meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 27-20, 2013.
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.
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.