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FLEXO Magazine : April 2008
the organization ideas and leadership to wrestle with a number of difficult challenges facing our organization, as well as finding ways to increase the value to all members. SCHLIESMANN: Development of the Strategic Planning Initiative is a true milestone in FTA history. Being involved and helping to get the ball rolling on this process, was most satisfying. SPI will help determine the future and the viability of our organi- zation, so I believe it was a very important undertaking. ANTHONY: My board tenure coincided with the transi- tion of FTA'sjFFTA's presidency from Bill Dowdell to Mark Cisternino. Some restructuring took place. The Board, under Mark's leadership, became engaged. We were active in the de- velopment of broad reaching strategic goals and objectives and continually offered ideas for the organization to pursue and implement. MULLEN: Renewed interest in the Regional Roundtables will help to introduce FTAjFFTA to the next generation offlexog- rap hers. The idea was only being discussed when I was on the Board and my satisfaction is that real progress has been made in moving these Regional Workshops around the country. I know that we at Sun ChemicaL took an active part in sending people to the St. Paul Workshop, where we were able to get a solid education, and at the same time, meet with other serious-minded customers and co-suppliers. I have always felt that by bringing FTAjFFTA to the local community, we educate another set of FTA TODAY people who will then later attend the Forum and become active in the organization. HOCKING: FTA worked very hard to address a burning need in flexo training for press operators,. As a result, it introduced the FlexSys Pres Simulator, as well as a series of CDs and other training aids. Heavy investment was required. During my tenure as chair- man, the Board of Directors had to set a different course of action. My greatest personal satisfaction was seeing the Board pull together through our differences of opinion and layout a plan to overcome the burden the project had on FTA. Two other things happened as a result of this: FTA became more in tune with man- aging costs and Mark Cisternino had to develop very quickly as President of the FTA. There are always silver linings. LIEB: The most satisfying FTA project was FIRST. This project stands out as the one of the Association's most meaningful contri- butions to the industry. Process control demands FTA's attention and through continuous update of FIRST, it gets it. SICKINGER: I witnessed a number of significant changes dur- ing my six years on the FFTAjFTA Boards, particularly as FFTA Chairmen for the last three. Firstly, the level of quality of the an- nual Forums improved greatly with the advancement in video and audio technology. Forum brochures became larger, more colorful and more sophisticated. However, I believe the most striking change was the acknowledgement that the quality of flexo could hold its own with gravure and offset.