The PPAI Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting during the PPAI Leadership Conference on June 12 and 14 in Grapevine, Texas, with chair Steven Meyer, MAS, presiding. Among the items discussed and actions taken were these:
- The board reviewed and approved the Association’s strategic plan for 2012-2015. For board members, it was the culmination of a months-long process. In March, the board and executive staff convened to develop and hone the plan’s goals, and craft objectives. The board chose to include four goals: Goal 1: Deliver Great Member Value; Goal 2: Advocate for the Industry; Goal 3: Engage the Global Marketplace; Goal 4: Manage an Efficient, Progressive and Professional Organization. During April and May, PPAI staff at all levels worked on the plan adding tactics for each objective, along with timelines. The finalized plan will be posted at www.ppai.org. A board work group led by staff will continue to develop a new vision statement for the board’s approval. [Read more about the PPAI Strategic Plan 2012-2015 and follow a link to the document in the September issue of PPB.]
- The board approved a motion submitted by the Awards & Recognition Action Group. It proposed that the 2012 eligibility for supplier members require a minimum of an A rating in the SAGE Supplier Rating system to be included on the PPAI 2012 Supplier Star ballot. The proposed requirement was aimed at delivering an even higher standard of performance for recognition.
- The board listened to an audit report from representatives at PPAI’s audit firm, Hartman, Leito & Bolt, LLP, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, and voted to accept the auditor’s report. The board also voted to engage the audit firm for FY 2012. In addition, the board reviewed an earnings report and the 2013 budget planning calendar.
- During a Government Relations report, the board heard about activities of the Government Relations Action Council, and PPAI and regional association legislative efforts, and was updated about current legislative issues as well as the Association’s Green initiative. The board reviewed the activities of the new Green Task Force formed this past spring to identify needed resources for members, and develop best practices for environmentally sustainable tradeshows and member-company offices.
- Board members were asked to share insight into how their companies were faring through the first half of 2012. Most indicated an upward trend in sales over the same period last year, with some seeing bigger orders too, although several said they are cautiously optimistic—especially about a fourth quarter post-election impact.
- The board met for about an hour with members of the Regional Association Council (RAC) board of directors for a 2011 year-end update on RAC activities and progress from Donna Vorce, CAS, RAC president. Among the projects reported on was the Business Recovery Fund which raised almost $10,000 last year and provided three companies with funds to help them get back in business following damage from hurricanes and flooding. Jeff Thomas, MAS, RAC liaison to the board, announced a new fundraiser, $15 For The Fund, which was launched at the opening session of the 2012 Leadership Development Workshop. Learn more and donate at www.brf15.com.