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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
Nieman Schliesmann Hocking View from the Chair Present, Past & Future Leaders Assess FTA and Its Impact David Nieman, Mike Schliesmann, Frank Anthony, Rick Hocking, and soon-Greg Collins, currently, have, or will serve as chairman of the Flexographic Technical Association's Board of Directors. Right beside them, at one time or another,jilling the equally important role of chairman of the Foundation of FT A's Board of Trustees, is or has been Paul Lancelle, Bob Mullen, Ed Lieb, George Sickinger and Howard Vreeland, Jr. These 10 men, who hold a critical place in the Association's history, recently took time out of their busy schedules to look at the challenges, accomplishments, commitments and history of an organization that they hold dear to their hearts. Durin9 your tenure as FfA/FFfA Chairman, what pro9rams, proj- ects, events brou9ht you the 9reatest personal satisfaction and why? LANCELLE: There are three endeavors that stand out in my mind as ranking equally in significance. The first is the develop- ment of the FTAJFFTA Strategic Planning Initiative (SPI). The time really had come upon us for taking a good hard look at the associa- tion and its activities from the inside out. Since joining the Board, I have been one of the torchbearers of the mindset that the key to continued success for the association lies in the return of a more "grass roots" approach in defining our path and objectives. Obviously, developing a more active and engaged membership remains the key. SPI provided the launch pad for reinvigorating 92 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal membership involvement in association activities and has led di- rectly to the revitalization of our working member segment com- mittees. There have been several positive developments that have come out of this process to this point. Probably the most satisfying development for me, personally, has been the revamping of the Regional Workshop series. We are also beginning to see symmetry and interaction develop among various committees that has not been experienced since the very early days of the association! Second is the ongoing and ramped up interest in FIRST (Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances). We are hearing the message being delivered and the pushback from the CPC community that there exists a need for tighter over- all specifications and standards in the flexographic reproduction process. They are embracing FIRST as the roadmap toward that objective. Standardization is a key card in our industry's ongoing face-off with competing print processes. This provides FFTA with a real opportunity to establish the path toward gaining an increased share of business for our industry from the CPC segment. And, obviously, the development of TEST (Training and Educations Services Team) certainly stands out as a highlight. Again, we have a real and very viable opportunity before us to more closely align ourselves with all segments of our industry and provide measurable and added value to our membership base. From a purely technical standpoint, I have also gained a great deal of satisfaction from seeing the progress that has been made
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008