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FLEXO Magazine : April 2009
FTA TODAY Printers & Questions SPI Luncheon at FFTA Forum 2009 FTA is constantly working to bring fl exographers together and facili- tate the sharing of knowledge in order improve the quality and consis- tency of the fl exo print process across all market segments. At the same time, the Association continually strives to stay current and relevant, and produce products and services that meet the changing needs of its members. To merge these two goals, FTA established the SPI (Strategic Planning Initiative) Luncheon at its Foundation’s (FFTA) 2009 Forum on Monday, May 4 at 12:30 p.m., in Orlando, FL. It represents the second time SPI has been the focal point of a Forum event, but is notably diff erent. According to Greg Collins of C-P Flexible Packaging, the incoming FTA chairman of the board and cur- rent head of the SPI program, the luncheon is a “call to arms” designed to keep FTA members and the Association staff “aware and involved.” He spoke with FLEXO about the event and its role. Q: What is the purpose of the SPI Luncheon? How is it diff er- ent than the SPI Breakfast from last year? Collins: The SPI Breakfast at last year’s Forum was for SPI Council members only. It allowed us to have a face-to-face meet- ing, talk about what we are doing and what we are trying to ac- complish, and build the bonds of the groups. It was a chance for members to meet in person, as opposed to their normal monthly conference call. This year is quite a bit diff erent. It’s an open invitation to all FTA members attending Forum 2009. The event allows attendees to learn about what the SPI Leadership Councils do. The focus of the SPI is to provide better services to the membership, cre- ate meaningful change and make FTA more adaptable to current member’s needs. The only way it can accomplish this is if mem- bers are involved in the process. This luncheon is also an oppor- tunity for a call to arms, to fi nd a few good members that would like to participate in having their ideas turned into action. We’re looking for members willing to interact with other members with similar backgrounds and develop ideas that would strengthen the FTA services focused on their market, as well as being agents of change to make those ideas a reality. In addition, this luncheon is about networking, one of the great benefi ts of the FTA. The luncheon is setup so that the key seg- ments of the market will be seated together. This off ers a chance to sit with those who have the same challenges as you, and in some cases, who may have answers that you don’t. And it gives a chance to build connections that will last for years. We are plan- ning to also have a Council member at each table. This way, if there is something that you heard about a Council or its project and want to know more, someone is there to answer questions. In addition, representatives from FTA will be there. This is an opportunity to, in a more casual environment, speak to those people, be itMark Cisternino, the president, or Chris Bonawandt, FLEXO’s editor. 14 FLEXO APRIL 2009 The focus of the SPI is to provide better services to the membership, create meaningful change and make FTA more adaptable to current member’s needs. The only way it can accomplish this is if members are in- volved in the process. And, fi nally, you’re at the Forum, it’s 12:30 p.m. and you have to eat. Here, the lunch is on FTA! Q: You punned that we’re looking for “a few good members,” but you don’t just want a few, right? Collins: We are looking to get a lot of people interested. The more people who attend, the better the input we get. Of course, if we got 100 people interested in being part of a given Council, this may be tough to manage. However, if an individual is in- terested in getting more involved in FTA and is willing to invest some time, we can fi nd a home for him/her. There are many opportunities on working committees, such as FIRST, FQC, and Judging Awards, to name just a few, where members can partici- pate, learn and make a diff erence to the fl exo industry Q: What about those members who’d like to have some input, but who don’t have time to commit to being part of the Council? Could they show up at the Luncheon and have their voices heard? Collins: Absolutely! Attending the Luncheon does not require a commitment to SPI and its Leadership Councils. Since the Councils are trying to represent each market segement, every- one’s input is needed. The people who are involved do not know what everyone thinks. Any and all input is positive. Of course, there are many who say, “I don’t have that much time to commit.” The truth is, it’s not that much time. The Councils meet once a month for about an hour. There is no travel or expense. In some cases, a project may require some time from a member or two to run a job or develop ideas or procedures, but the time investment as a whole is not exten- sive. When people realize that, the roadblock that they perceive will fade. www. f le xography. org P’S & Q’S