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Leadership Meets in Miami to Envision What’s Next for NAHAD

By Molly Alton Mullins, NAHAD Executive Vice President

In November, NAHAD’s Board of Directors met for the first time since September 2019 for our fall Board of Directors Meeting. Normally held at the location of next year’s Annual Convention, this meeting provides an opportunity for association leadership to get together to strategize and plan the association’s future efforts and initiatives. We discuss the current business climate, industry challenges, growth opportunities, where NAHAD fits into all this, and how we can offer increased value. And quite frankly, we all have a great time together through a shared love of NAHAD and of this remarkable industry.

This year’s meeting — held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach — did not disappoint. Every single board member attended, which is the first time I recall this happening since I’ve been a part of NAHAD. We spent three days in strategic planning discussions and board meetings with lots of deliverables occurring. In the coming months, we will develop NAHAD’s 2022-2023 Action Plan, which will outline the association’s major initiatives for the next two years. A lot of time was spent on the value NAHAD provides 365 days a year, not just at the Annual Convention. Our discussions placed an emphasis on the expansion of hose safety and this message reaching the end-user community. Leadership debated relevant content needs, including new training courses, possible podcasts, and other resources on business best practices.

The board also addressed NAHAD’s inclusiveness as an organization. We will be reviewing the association’s membership criteria to ensure it reflects the NAHAD of today, as well as updating the bylaws to allow for all NAHAD members to serve in leadership posts (not just distributors). Lastly, we will be unveiling a completely new committee structure that accomplishes four major elements: 1) engages the membership; 2) creates value; 3) offers opportunities to develop future leaders; and 4) addresses specific industry needs. Special thanks to NAHAD President Jeff Scheininger for spearheading this effort and designing a structure reflective and responsive to an evolving organization.

In addition to the good work accomplished in Miami, the board also experienced an exceptional property that will be NAHAD’s home for the 2022 Annual Convention. The Fontainebleau is exceptional and will offer attendees exactly what they expect from a NAHAD Convention location: outstanding service, beautiful venues, and exceptional business connections.

Be sure to mark your calendars for May 14-18, 2022, when you’ll learn all about NAHAD’s future efforts while connecting with your friends and colleagues in a simply stunning location. See you there.


NAHAD 2022 Board of Directors (from left to right): Chris Hart, Hart Industries, Inc; Mike Mortensen, Alaska Rubber Group; Dion Gunderson, Dixon Value & Coupling; Mark Balcom, Pooley, Inc.; Molly Alton Mullins, NAHAD; Jeff Scheininger, Flexline; Brian Pellegrin, Singer Equities; Jason Westad, FORCE America; Sam Petillo, Singer Equities; Roy Torres, SunSource – GHX Industrial; Brent Lilly, PT; Chris Schadewald, Danfoss; Dave Heckler, Alliance Hose & Rubber Company; Jim Daniels, Mid-State Sales, Inc.; Susanna Vandenberg, Flexaust


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