Welcome to the latest EPDA Newsletter and my opportunity to update you on all things EPDA-related. The EPDA Board started the year with four key objectives:
- To host a successful, educational and enjoyable annual conference
- To appoint a new Association Management Company (AMC)
- To appoint a new Vice President to the Board
- To finalise terms to allow the continuation of the alliance with IAPD
Annual Conference 2014
The 41st Annual EPDA Conference was held in Malmö, Sweden, and post-conference survey feedback gave a glowing report of the event from all aspects. I covered the event in detail in the June message, and can confirm that the first objective was achieved.
SAS Event Management
The EPDA Board is delighted to confirm the appointment of SAS Event Management as the new AMC for EPDA. The experienced team, headed up by Victoria Armstrong, will assume full responsibility for EPDA with effect from 1 November, 2014, and in the interim ASI will continue to provide management services as normal, with Jackie Driss Laurent your main point of contact. Full details about the SAS team will be communicated towards the end of October, and I look forward to welcoming them at our 2015 conference. Objective two complete.
In May, the Board welcomed two new members to the team, in Lari Hahtonen and Stefan Willing. I am delighted to confirm that after a positive five months of working with the close-knit team that Lari, from distributor member Aikolon Oy, has volunteered to stand for election as Vice President for a one year term from the 2015 AGM, with a view to standing for election to President in May 2016. To facilitate this, both Steffen Oellers and I will stand for election in May 2015 for one final year in our current positions as Past President and President, respectively. From the 2016 AGM we will revert to the normal protocol of a two year term and in the interim the Board will continue to work on the future leadership. Objective three complete.
There is positive progress here and a meeting is to be held with members of the IAPD Executive Committee at the IAPD Convention in October to finalise terms for 2015 and beyond. Attendees from EPDA will include Stefan Willing, Lari Hahtonen and me. I am confident that objective four will be achieved.
Planning for 2015: The 42nd Annual EPDA Conference & New Manufacturer Showcase
With the four key objectives for 2014 covered, thoughts move to 2015 and beyond. I am pleased to be able to confirm that the 42nd Annual EPDA Conference is to be held at the Pullman Skipper Hotel, Barcelona, from the 11-13 June, 2015. Remember that from 2015, each and every distributor member has a complementary delegate at the conference included in their annual dues, and the Board hope that all members will make the effort to join the event. Plans are also under way to facilitate the new Manufacturer Showcase, where all manufacturer members have the benefit of complementary facilities to showcase their products and services. These changes represent a real opportunity to add value to the EPDA Conference for all attendees. Please block your diaries now, and come along to experience Barcelona’s old world charm and Gaudi architecture making it one of the top tourist destinations in the World – the perfect host for our 2015 conference.
On 25 November, 2014, a Board meeting will be held in Zurich, hosted by Manufacturer member Quadrant EPP AG, where along with the formalities of the meeting, the programme for the Barcelona conference will be concluded. We will also discuss new initiatives focusing on developing the EPDA membership for the longer term.
Congratulations go to Crystal Roberts, Deputy Executive Director ASI, and her fiancé Brent, on their recent engagement. Many of you will know Crystal from her sterling work at our annual conference, and flowers have been sent on behalf of EPDA. I am sure you will all join me in wishing them a long and healthy future together.
Thank you to those of you who responded to the Q2 2014 State of the Nation survey, the results of which will be posted to the Members Only area of the website shortly.
You may also be interested to know that a copy of the 2014 AGM minutes has been posted to the Members Only area on the website.
Finally, I would like to send my condolences to the friends and families of two long standing members who passed recently, Alois Gruber Sr. and founding member, Rudi Klepsch. Our thoughts are with you.
It has been a busy 2014 so far, and there is still plenty of work to do in the final quarter. I wish you every success and I hope you find the remaining articles of this newsletter of interest.
My best regards