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FLEXO Magazine : April 2008
FTA TODAY View from the Chair Present, Past & Future Leaders Assess FTA and Its Impact (Part II) "FTA/FFTA taught me the business. It allowed me to aspire to the high standards of the people who, for all practical purposes, pioneered the business, and gave me the chance to meet people who I consider to be friends and peers." -Bob Mullen, immediate past chair, FFTA Board of Trustees (Continuedfrom page 18, "View from the Chair, Part I") How did FfA/ FFfA have a positive impact on your career? LANCELLE: Involvement in FTAjFFTA activities has had so many positive impacts for the company that I work for, and on my own career, that it is difficult to rank or even list them all. From a technical standpoint, it has provided me with a great number of resources to lean on and turn to, and the develop- ment of the mindset that nearly any perceived obstacle is navi- gable with the right amount of knowledge and tools. I've been able to learn so much more about the different processes and parameters that make up the various segments of our industry as a whole. From a professional development perspective, I have benefited greatly, mostly from the sharing of information and knowledge that takes place in ongoing interac- tions with other members. So many of us in this industry tend to think that a lot of what we do is proprietary and secret. And, you know what? In the end, very little of it actually is. A person can learn and observe an awful lot through involvement in vari- ous association activities without running the risk of "giving away the family jewels," so to speak. NIEMAN: FTAjFFTA has served as a major contributor to my career in flexo. I learned a great deal about the industry from attending and participating in numerous FTAjFFTA-sponsored events, from local workshops and FFT A sponsored seminars, to Annual Forums. FT AjFFT A also gave me a chance to meet and interact with a number of leaders in our industry, many who I have looked up to as mentors and confidants, some of whom are Hall-of- Fame members, such as Warren Taylor, Joe Trungale, John Shreve, Jerry Shields, Wray Peal, and Dave Horsman. Without FT AjFFT A, I am not sure I would have had the same oppor- tunities to work alongside these and many other industry professionals. SCHLIESMANN: FTA has had a positive effect on my career in several ways. First, it has provided a great networking oppor- tunity to develop many lifelong contacts and industry connec- - tions that have proved invaluable over the years. Second, I have learned a lot from various Forums, especially early in my career, on various printing techniques and applications that have al- lowed my company to improve its processes. Third, it has al- lowed me the opportunity to give back to the industry that has served me well, by presenting at various Forums and by serving on the Board or Directors. ANTHONY: Being involved on the Board, serving on com- mittees, chairing the Board, and being significantly involved in the decision making, at the level I was, has been a tremendous experience that has benefited my company in many ways. MULLEN: FTAjFFTA taught me the business. It allowed me to aspire to the high standards of the people who, for all practi- cal purposes, pioneered the business, and gave me the chance to meet people who I consider to be friends and peers. HOCKING: FTA has always had a fond place in my heart. There is no doubt that FTA was the means by which our company, formerly Banner Packaging, gained the expertise to be outstanding printers. At the first Forum I attended in Nashville in the 1980s, I was like a kid in a flexo candy store; the Forum was something I looked forward to every year. There are so many outstanding people I've met through FTA that have had a positive impact on my career and I'm grateful to all of them. To summarize the answer to the question, FTA positively impacted my career in all ways. My only regret is that my current job responsibilities don't allow me to stay directly involved. LIEB: FTA participation has provided valuable contacts with- in the industry. These have been an excellent source of advice and help over the years. SICKINGER: FTA has, and still does have a positive impact on my company and my career. As an ink supplier, our products are defined by the press configurations and the substrates be- ing imprinted. The tail can't wag the dog. Without the detailed knowledge of the flexo process and the many variations that A PR I L 2008 www.flexography.org FLEXO