Author Archives: Pete Alles

Communications Survey Grid Legend
Thanks to everyone who participated in the NFPA Communications Survey, which was conducted back in November and December. The survey was sent to about 900 manufacturer, distributor and supplier members, and we received responses from 151. The survey covered a lot of ground, including perceptions of the value and volume of communications you receive from...

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That’s NFPA CEO Eric Lanke looking puzzled as we pulled away from Harper College and the NFPA Regional Breakfast, on our way to several member visits. We went back for him. This time. Once in the car, we proceeded to visits at Muncie Power Products in Muncie, Indiana, and then to Sheffer Cylinder and Clippard...

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Audience-NFPA Annual Conference
A couple weeks ago I attended the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Annual Conference in Napa, CA. This was an excellent, well-run conference, and it’s helpful to experience events from a participant’s point of view as we prepare for NFPA’s own Annual Conference in March—thanks AEM. Here are a couple items from the AEM Conference that...

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Some element of denial makes it difficult to acknowledge that a dozen years have passed since we first launched the Electronic Statistical Toolkit in 2002. At the time, the Toolkit was a huge step forward for NFPA stats programs. It fulfilled a vision set forth by our Econ & Stats Committee for software that would enable members...

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We’re a staff of ten here at NFPA, so we don’t really have a road crew.  But if more than one of us is on the road together, we’re the crew of the moment. The moment this week was Pack Expo 2014 in Chicago.  The crew was yours truly, along with NFPA’s Membership Manager Leslie...

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Katrina Schwarz joined NFPA on September 23rd as Association Marketing Manager with our Membership and Communications Team. She comes to us having recently completed a Master of Arts in Media Studies, which followed upon a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Documentary Film, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While pursuing her education, Katrina held a series...

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NFPA Membership Satisfaction Survey
Our first post about the 2014 membership survey focused on overall satisfaction with membership and likelihood to renew for the current membership year, as well as some responses on why members belong to NFPA generally. In this post, we start to drill down a little further, with some program level detail. The survey listed 25...

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NFPA Membership Satisfaction Survey
Over the past several months, with the help of an outside research firm, we surveyed more than 550 member contacts about their satisfaction with NFPA membership, importance and satisfaction with specific programs, agreement with NFPA’s strategic direction, and impressions of the major challenges faced now and in coming years. This will be the first in...

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