A major development has been announced at US trade association NOPA following a restructuring of the Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA).
The NOPA board is to be combined with that of its sister division at the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) into a single IOPFDA board.
In addition to the existing IOPFDA board, which is made up of chairs, past chairs and vice chairs of both NOPA and OFDA, those directors whose terms continue beyond 2013 will be incorporated into the new IOPFDA board. This board will make up the foundation for the association’s operations and joint programmes, while both NOPA and OFDA will continue to function as divisions of the association with committees formed to address division-specific issues.
“By consolidating the three boards into one with representation by both office products and office furniture dealers, the IOPFDA will act as the individual voice that dealers trust,” said Mike Tucker, President of office products dealer George W Allen and current Chair of IOPFDA.
“We all want the same thing from a professional association,” he continued. “We want an advocate to represent our interests. We want research and insight into our business and we want education and services that will help us to grow and expand. This is exactly what the new IOPFDA intends to do.”
The new board structure follows an assessment of IOPFDA by management company Clemons & Associates which took over the running of the association a few months ago.
Under the guidance of Clemons & Associates’ Paula Kreuzburg – who is Managing Director of IOPFDA – and counting on the talents of NOPA’s Director of Government Affairs Paul Miller and IOPFDA Director of Marketing & Communications Alicia Ellis, IOPFDA says it will outline a plan to provide better, clearer communications, expand the association’s research initiatives to become an industry resource, and develop programmes and services to save members time and/or money.
“Starting with the relaunch of IOPFDA’s website next month, dealers will begin to see a real commitment to education and business development,” said Kreuzburg. “The plan is to offer more webinars in the coming year, research and development projects and, with the help of committees made up of dealer executives, really drive the association’s focus for industry growth.”
IOPFDA will celebrate its 110th anniversary next year, and Mike Tucker added: “There have been good years, bad years, years of incredible growth and years of great disappointment for the industry. But through it all, IOPFDA stood as the association for dealers. And, like the dealer community has been doing all along, it’s time for the association to change, to adapt and to grow for the greater good of the association and the entire dealer community.”