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Directors Message - Just Scratching the Surface

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019

As I begin my role as president of the Powder Coating Institute, I sit here and think of all the others that I follow and the impact of the past boards of directors. Their passion for and involvement in this association have brought us to where we are today. Since becoming involved with PCI, I have met some incredible individuals who have truly enriched my knowledge and had an impact on me professionally and in lasting friendships. As we start 2019, I would like to look back and reflect on our progress and share what has been evolving within the Powder Coating Institute.

The heart and soul of our association is our member companies and the individuals who represent those companies. It is those representatives who make up the committees that direct the association’s path (or vision) and mission to promote powder coating. Our Education Committee continues to evolve in its efforts to educate the industry by holding hands- on training and hosting the annual Technical Conference. Our Promotions Committee strives to produce new and exciting materials to teach users and consumers about the advantages of powder coating such as our new videos. They are also involved with our publication, Powder Coated Tough. Our new Technical Committee is tasked with keeping our technical publications up to date and is committed to new developments in non-conductive and low temperature substrates, while the Membership Committee works to grow the association and has plans in place to increase retention rates by ensuring members understand the value of their involvement. The revitalized Certification Committee is gaining momentum and is working hard to grow the number of certified companies within our custom coater and OEM membership.

…why wouldn’t you want to participate and help shape and grow the industry in which we work?

If you believe that the powder coating market has made major strides up to this point, the reality is we are just scratching the surface. There are so many areas and opportunities for growth. This is where we need your assistance and participation if we as an association want to continue to grow. Now is the perfect time to join and become active in our association. Looking back at the progress PCI has made, why wouldn’t you want to participate and help shape and grow the industry in which we work?

As we begin 2019, the board of directors, executive director, and PCI staff look forward to continuing the push for growth and look forward to seeing you this April in Orlando, FL, at the Powder Coating 2019 Technical Conference and/or in June at the PCI/ CCAI 2019 Joint Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, SC. In the meantime, if you have suggestions or questions please feel free to contact me.

John Sudges
Business Development Manager,
Midwest Finishing Systems