Author Archives: Pete Alles

NFPA membership continues to grow
Presenter:  Mark Watson, Senior Research Manager, IHS Markit September 21, 9:00am - 10:00am Central IHS Markit recently completed a survey-based study, commissioned by NFPA, examining the current and expected future impact of the Internet of Things on hydraulics for mobile machinery.  The webinar will present results of the study, the core of which comes from...

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Survey
Earlier this year, with help from an outside research firm, we surveyed member contacts about satisfaction with NFPA membership and programs, agreement with NFPA's strategic direction, and impressions of the major challenges now and expected in future years. While we struggled to get our desired response rate for the survey, we got enough from which...

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Education Roadmap road to horizon
A couple weeks ago, I visited Alro Steel in Bolingbrook, Illinois, to meet with Chuck Rigali.  Chuck is Alro’s Fluid Power Product Manager and has been active with NFPA for a number of years. The visit gave me a new perspective on NFPA’s supplier members.  We often think of supplier members as competing amongst themselves...

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It’s been over a decade now that NFPA has been producing a report that takes federal capacity utilization data for key markets and summarizes it for members.  Capacity utilization is an indicator of likely equipment need for markets.  The higher percent utilized, the more likely additional equipment will be needed, in coming months. The quarterly...

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The vision of NFPA's New Directions Initiative, when rolled out in 2004 and 2005, was to engage the entire fluid power supply chain in the association and begin moving distributor members from associate to "full" membership.  Since that time, a lot has been done to advance the role distributors play in association governance, with representation...

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Collaboration
A couple weeks ago, the NFPA Membership Committee met at the Annual Conference in San Antonio, with two major topics on the table for discussion: What should NFPA be doing to track engagement of members in NFPA programs and services, and how can we do a better job encouraging less engaged members to participate? What...

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Survey
Every two years, we conduct an online member satisfaction survey, with the survey sent to the official, marketing and technical contacts at member companies.  The survey results are used by staff in reviewing the value and effectiveness of various services and by the NFPA Board of Directors to assess the extent to which members agree...

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Last week, Eric Lanke and I made a quick trip to the Cleveland area for some member visits at The Paquin Company and Parker Hannifin. We started out at The Paquin Company, which is a fluid power distributor located in Mentor, Ohio, a suburb on the northeast side of Cleveland.  Paquin has been an NFPA...

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Our recent communications survey indicated at least some members want more "inside NFPA" type stories in our news feed.  Here it is... Some of us are getting impatient, and maybe a little crabby, here at the NFPA office.  Like a road-weary traveler standing at an empty baggage carousel, we have a growing sense of anxiety...

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Survey
Mark Thompson of Decision Processes International has prepared an online survey in advance of his presentation at the upcoming NFPA Annual Conference.  His presentation will focus on the intersection of strategy development and implementation, as well as leadership development and mental toughness for the millennial generation of employees who will need to step forward in...

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