BIA University — An Educational Experience
The morning's third speaker was Cal Poly professor Malcolm Kief, who discussed the education and training of the binding industry's future work force. Kief urged the attendees to work with local technical schools, universities and association affiliates as additional educational resources.
The rest of the conference provided plenty of educational meat for attendees to chew on. Each morning featured small roundtable discussions around a specific topic, which ranged from polypropylenes and adhesives to a well-attended session on employee/management relations.
In addition to being a forum for discussing the state of the industry as a whole, there was plenty of discussion regarding the BIA itself. Like many other trade associations, the BIA had a challenging 2001 that saw a decline in membership. However, discussions at the conference were decidedly positive. Members embraced many of the avenues the BIA is pursuing to increase the value of association membership.
The BIA's Mid-Management Seminar will be be held October 3-5 in Chicago.