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PRESS RELEASE

October 19, 2007

 

 

 

IAPD TO CELEBRATE 50th ANNUAL CONVENTION PROMISES TO BE THE BEST YET!

The Big D proved to be a popular destination for IAPD members at the 51st IAPD Annual Convention in Dallas, TX, USA, from October 3 to 7, 2007. The convention hosted 458 fully registered delegates, 50 companions and 137 registered attendees for the special IAPD Plastics Applications Seminar and Exhibition. That’s 54 more full and Saturday only delegates than Chicago, IL, USA, in 2005, and 91 more than Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 2006. The convention also welcomed 51 first-time attendees.

 

By the Numbers

Delegates

458

Companions

50

Saturday-only attendees

137

First-time attendees

51

Exhibitors

75

Sponsors

16

 

Among the exciting events at the convention, Dallas Cowboys football great Roger Staubach relived his football days for a large audience before signing autographs during the coffee break. Staubach highlighted his time with the Cowboys while incorporating the lessons he learned on the field into doing business.

Delegates also had a unique opportunity to network during the Welcome Reception. A Texas Hold ’Em Tournament and other casino games allowed attendees to connect with important business contacts while having some fun.

 Also during the convention, a special two-hour version of the IAPD Plastics Applications Seminar proved to be valuable for newer employees, as well as seasoned professionals. “(The seminar) covered a broad range of applications that provided food for thought,” said Rick Moore of Cut-To-Size Plastics Pty. Ltd.

During the annual awards, George Southard, CPMR, of G S Sales was presented the 2007 Paul Davis Award of Merit. The award, IAPD’s most prestigious, is given in recognition of an individual’s outstanding work on behalf of the plastics distribution industry, the plastics industry as a whole or for the association. With his extensive work as a volunteer leader and trainer for IAPD, Southard was more than deserving, said 2006 award recipient Ralph Meyer of Meyer Plastics, Inc.

“George is often out front providing not only the leadership, but also the momentum to get the job done,” Meyer said as he presented the award to Southard. “Beyond a doubt, the IAPD and the plastics distribution industry has been touched, educated, renewed and improved due to the efforts of this great man.”

Change Committee Chair Chip Whitfield of Piedmont Plastics, Inc., was awarded the Pacesetter Award in honor of his work as chair of the Change Committee, and Shawn Chambers, Warehoused Plastic Sales, Inc., A Member of Prisma Plastics International Inc., was presented the Good Egg Award for his contributions to The IAPD Magazine.

IAPD also highlighted the bylaw changes that would make IAPD more inclusive and stronger than ever. Members were given an overview of the changes during the General Session, and they were then encouraged to attend the Town Hall Meeting to ask questions. The bylaws will be put to a vote this fall, with the ballots being sent to all key voting members later this month. An overview of the changes is available at www.iapd.org.  

 

 International Association of Plastics Distributors
4707 College Blvd., Suite 105
Leawood, KS 66211 USA
Phone: +913.345.1005
Fax: +913.345.1006
www.iapd.org
iapd@iapd.org

IAPD is a trade association representing plastics distributors and manufacturers of engineering materials and semi-finished stock shapes, such as sheet, rod, tube, film, resin, pipe, valves and fittings. Such materials are used in construction, marine, automotive, medical and other industrial applications. Find out more about IAPD at www.iapd.org.

 


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