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01/27/2014

Following Unprecedented Membership Growth, CMA Collaborates on Manufacturing

NAM logoMore than 100 manufacturing association leaders, including Joseph Thompson, NAHAD’s Executive Vice President, joined forces on behalf of manufacturing at the National Association of Manufacturers NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations’ (CMA) annual Winter Leadership Conference in Middleburg, Va. The CMA is a vital arm of the NAM, comprising nearly 240 industry-specific associations that broaden the reach of the association’s advocacy efforts to advance the NAM’s Growth Agenda.

“The CMA is critical to the NAM and our mission to be the voice of all manufacturing in the United States,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This group serves as a force multiplier for lobbying, communicating our message and broadening our grassroots army. The CMA has experienced unprecedented membership growth of 20 percent over the past two years, allowing us to reach 120,000 companies in just about every sector of manufacturing with our advocacy messages.” 

The NAM announced on January 17 that American Cleaning Institute (ACI) President and CEO Ernie Rosenberg has been elected chair of the CMA to serve a one-year term. “Strategic business collaborations are very important to ACI’s members, and that’s why we’ve been active and engaged with the NAM and its CMA,” said Rosenberg. “The cleaning product supply chain provides safe, beneficial and sustainable products for people around the globe. I look forward to sharing our success stories and learning from other manufacturing leaders to work for a competitive landscape that allows manufacturing companies to innovate and thrive.” Click here for the NAM press release.

Click here to read more about ACI and Rosenberg’s leadership in Member Focus, the NAM’s monthly digital magazine.

During the conference, the CMA honored International Sign Association (ISA) President and CEO Lori Anderson with its annual Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is given annually to the chief staff officer who has done the most to further the CMA’s mission. “The success of an association depends largely on the involvement of its members,” said Timmons. “Because of organizations like the ISA, the CMA has had another successful year in advancing the manufacturing agenda.” Click here for the NAM press release.
 
The CMA conference featured sessions and panel discussions on a broad range of topics, including what’s ahead for manufacturing through the lenses of the transportation sector, the legislative outlook for critical pro-growth issues and the political landscape for advancing competitiveness. CMA members exchanged ideas on how to run their associations and advocate for the manufacturing economy.

“The CMA helps the NAM to make an impact on even more issues that are important to manufacturers and the wider business community,” noted CMA Executive Director Paul Hartgen.

To learn more about the conference, visit: www.nam.org/wlc. See photos from the event and follow the conversation at @NAMCMA.

Details: Paul Hartgen, (202) 637-3053.

 


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