Thursday, July 23, 2009

That's All, Folks -- NFRC Bids Farewell to Charm City

The NFRC Summer Membership Meeting concluded this morning following the Board of Directors Meeting.

As the attendees went their separte ways, NFRC’s Board Chair, Joe Hayden from Pella Corporation, reflected on the events of the week.

Hayden said he was encouraged by the progress NFRC made during the meeting and added that he looks forward to conquering the challenges that still lie ahead.

Perhaps Hayden's own words sum it up best:

As the 2009 Summer Membership Meeting has now come to a close, I once again find myself very appreciative of all the hard work and dedication put forth by everyone involved. Following are specific thoughts on the past week, in no particular order:

  • I was very pleased to see the strong attendance for these meetings. With the current economic conditions, I know it can be difficult to justify the time and expense to travel to and participate in a week-long event like this. Thanks so much to everyone who attended and participated.
  • Similarly, I was very pleased to welcome 25 first-time attendees and 14 new member companies. This is truly a testament to NFRC’s past success and strong potential for the future.

  • The presentation at Monday’s opening session by Sgt. Tom Morrissey of Hunter Douglas, Inc. was truly inspiring. Tom, thank you so much for taking the time to come and share your amazing story with us. We’re all truly blessed to have heroes like yourself in our midst, fighting and sacrificing to keep the freedoms we all enjoy, and too often take for granted.
  • The work on development of rating procedures for attachments continues to progress very well. I must say I’m very impressed with how well the attachments community has “stepped up to the plate” to make this all happen. They have proven very well that they are dedicated to developing a fair, accurate and credible rating system for their products and their industry.
  • Progress in development of the CMA Program continues to be steady. All the pieces seem to be coming together as we move toward the launch of the pilot program, likely in mid September. Stay tuned for more information on that.
  • Excellent progress was made on finalizing the 2010 edition of NFRC’s technical documents. We are well on track completing this task at the Fall Membership meeting in San Antonio.
  • To no surprise, the discussions during the week showed that, although we’re getting things done, we still have much work to do. There are still some unanswered questions and needed direction with regard to rating of attachment products, some “opportunities” were identified with regard to thermophysical properties of materials, as well as a in few other miscellaneous areas. Yes there is work to be done, but I have absolutely no doubt that this organization will rise to the challenge, as we’ve done so many times in our 20 year history.
  • Speaking of which, I hope everyone will plan to attend the next membership meeting this Fall is San Antonio. As always, we will roll up our sleeves and get the work done, but we will also take some time to celebrate NFRC’s 20-year anniversary. So, be there or be square !!!

For those of you who have been following the Summer Meeting on-line, I would like to invite you to offer your thoughts & feed-back on this new service. Do you find it useful and worthwhile? What could be done to make it even better? Please give this some thought and then e-mail your comments to

Lastly, and as always, I must acknowledge the stellar job done by NFRC Staff in making these meetings run as smoothly as they did. Their efforts behind the scenes often go unnoticed, but they are greatly appreciated.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in San Antonio this Fall. Until then and as always … THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO !!!

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