Committees Help Strengthen NFPA and the Member Services It Provides

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By Eric Lanke
NFPA President/CEO

Earlier this month, the NFPA Audit and Investment Committee held a conference call to review NFPA’s annual financial audit. Good news — we passed the audit with flying colors. Special thanks go out to committee chair John Stenz of FORCE America and all the dedicated members of this committee.

Given that the Audit and Investment Committee, like all the NFPA committees, is driven by volunteers from our membership, I would like to take a moment to invite you to consider the various opportunities that allow NFPA members to get more involved with our organization. All the committees share the same underlying goal: enhance our membership benefits such that we better support the growth of the fluid power industry.

Getting people interested and excited about volunteering their time can be challenging, to say the least. We all live busy lives. Between having full-time jobs, friends/family, time to relax, where do we find the time? However, it is truly valuable to consider the personal and professional benefits of volunteering on a committee. Each committee has a specific focus and a unique blend of volunteers. As you work to help NFPA fulfill its goals, you’ll find yourself working collaboratively (and networking) within our supply chain forum—shoulder-to-shoulder with your suppliers, partners, and customers.

Let’s try an exercise. Look at the list below and ask yourself, “Where would I most want to get involved?”

  • Audit & Investment CommitteeDevelops audit procedures/policies, oversees financial operations management on behalf of membership.
  • Economics & Statistics CommitteeProvides direction and support to programs that provide data and other market information on the fluid power industry and customer markets.
  • IFPE Management Committee Directs the overall planning of IFPE 2020.
  • Membership CommitteeMonitors the extent to which membership is representative of the industry and helps recruit new members into the association.
  • Roadmap CommitteeIdentifies the areas of pre-competitive research necessary to meet the future needs of fluid power customers.
  • Tech School Education CommitteeProvides direction and support to programs that increase the number of technically trained people capable of integrating and applying fluid power and connects them to careers in the fluid power industry.
  • Technical BoardOversees the five-year review and maintenance of NFPA standards.
  • University Education CommitteeProvides direction and support to programs that increase the number of university engineers educated in fluid power and connects them to careers in the fluid power industry.

You can learn more about the committees here.

If any of those committees resonated with you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at for more information. To our continued success, we believe that enhancing member engagement with diverse, talented individuals will continue to keep NFPA on the front lines of strengthening the fluid power industry.

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