Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Value of Association

Now that the 2015 NAHAD Annual Convention is complete, I can easily look back and say what a great job the association does in providing delegates and all attendees the opportunity to "associate" with each other.  There were speakers and sessions of common interest to all so that, not only do attendees learn from the sessions, they have common ground for discussion because of the sessions and the ideas presented.

NAHAD also provides many opportunities for members to meet with each other to discuss matters of business.  Every year, some new session is introduced like speed networking or the fishbowl discussion to bring attendees together for connection.  As time goes by, the association adjusts to the needs and wishes of its members.

At the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and Fluid Power Distributor Association (FPDA) meetings, the same is true.  Attendees have many opportunities to interact, forge new relationships, and even conduct business.  NFPA offers not only its annual conference but an Industry & Economic Outlook Conference every August.  There are also regional meetings in Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis to reach out into the fluid power community for participation.

There is power to association and I recommend that every company in the fluid power industry find their comfort zone of membership and participation in any of the above three organizations.  We at Fluid Power World participate in all three and we hope to see you at the next meeting.