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Shaping the Future Together: PCI® Annual Meeting Huge Success

Posted on Sunday, June 1, 2014

With the largest attendance in many years, PCI® members held their annual meeting in the sunny beach resort of Destin, FL May 18-20, 2014. The focus of the event was on shaping the future of the powder coating industry together—the theme of member engagement was carried through the meeting.

The opening keynote address featured Al Lucia—a leadership coach; also featured was Scott Bjornstad from McGladrey who presented a very thorough overview on The State of Manufacturing, Marie Clark and David Darling from the American Coatings Association on the Regulatory Update, and Susan Bershad from the National Fire Protection Association on the NFPA Regulatory Update. All speaker presentations are available in the Members Section on the PCI® web site.

In addition to the professional speakers, all PCI® committees met face-to-face and each committee chair gave their reports on PCI® committee activities. The new Regulatory & Advocacy committee met for the first time and promises to be one of the most active committees in PCI®.

Board President, Bob Allsop of Nordson, gave his President’s Charge for 2014, reviewed the great successes that PCI® had in 2013, and gave every indication that 2014 will be successful as well.

One of the highlights of every annual meeting is the incredible peer-to-peer networking and the well-run networking events set up by the PCI® staff. The meeting was capped off by the annual Hall of Fame award dinner featuring the 2014 inductees Peter Gribble (see Tough Talk on page 41) and Chuck Wright (posthumously).

Finally, because the Powder Coating Show is moving to spring 2014, the Board of Directors decided to move the 2015 Annual Meeting to the fall of 2015, location to be decided.