Chairman of the Board’s Message: January 2017

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Happy New Year! Here’s hoping your holidays were enjoyable, and that 2017 has started out successfully thus far.

While the WMIA Board and staff are excited about the opportunities the new year brings to us to add value for our members, it also gives us the chance to look back and take stock of the accomplishments of the past year. I hope as a WMIA member, you are pleased with the work that has been achieved on behalf of the Association and the industry.

Just after the holidays, you should have received an “Annual Report Card” in the mail detailing just a few of the notable highlights of the past year—a tremendously successful and vibrant IWF Show, one of the most well-organized and enjoyable Woodworking Industry Conferences (WIC) in a number of years, and the work of our ANSI Committee and the U.S./ISO TAG on the development of safety standards for woodworking machines, just to name a few. You can view the Annual Report online at, or to receive another copy in the mail, please contact Larry Hoffer, WMIA’s president, at

2017 promises to be another exciting year for the Association. We’re just about three months away from this year’s WIC, to be held April 25-28, 2017, at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Palm Springs/Rancho Mirage, California, and there are a number of great sessions and speakers lined up, as well as the things we come to expect from a WIC—opportunities for business development, networking, and spending time with colleagues we don’t often have the chance to see in an informal setting. Register before the early bird discount expires on March 24 to save money! (See related article in this issue.)

Beyond WIC, WMIA’s Education Committee will be working on the creation of training programs to benefit you and your team, and will continue the work started this year on helping our members recruit service technicians. The Association is also in the process of revamping the site, which will provide your company additional promotional opportunities to potential customers. We’ll continue our online discussion series, which started late last year. And as always, we’ll be working to identify new member services and programs which we hope you’ll find valuable.

This is your association, so we’re always interested in hearing from members about what programs and benefits you’d like to see, and how we can continue providing increased value for your membership. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and/or questions either with Larry ( or 571-279-8341) or me ( or 513-761-6777).

Best wishes for a great 2017!

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Scott Mueller
WMIA Chairman of the Board