International Door & Operator Industry

SEP-OCT 2018

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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prepare this open letter to all members of the International Door Association in good standing. I send this as a request to those of you who are interested in participating in the leadership of this industry. The leadership of IDA is provided by volunteers like you and me. We who are elected to represent our respective Regions work alongside our management company to build an association of garage door industry members. This, the IDA, works to provide its membership with many opportunities to grow their companies. The ability to grow your own companies comes through exposure to many different things. Starting with our annual IDAExpo ® , our membership is given the exposure to industry manufacturers. We meet more of the manufacturer representatives, we see new products that are being developed and released and we are often provided special discounts when ordering products! During IDAExpo, our leadership works with the Institute of Door Dealer and Accreditation and Accreditation (IDEA) to develop an educational curriculum available nowhere else in the world. This multiple day extravaganza provides many business and personal growth opportunities. I look back at the personal relationships that began decades ago while attending previous IDAExpos and smile. Part of my excitement for each IDAExpo will be the opportunity to catch up with long-time friends. Friends that I see only once per year, but are dear to me. Beyond our annual IDAExpo, IDA produces several other Regional programs each year. Here too, IDA membership gets you positioned right in front of our manufacturers, right in the front row, in a smaller, more intimate environment. During these Regional programs, educational seminars are also presented by many of our respected volunteer presenters. Smaller in presentation, but no less impressive in giving membership great opportunities to learn about the latest goings-on within our industry. Also, IDA members have access to the member's section of our website, where incredible amount of educational material is located. Our IDA leadership provides a representative on the Technical Standards Committee of the Underwriter's Laboratory. Have you ever wondered how changes are made in UL-325? Our leadership provides input before any change is put in place. ASSOCIATIONNEWS An open letter from Kevin Pettiette IDA Director Region 8, Chair of the Heritage and Nominating Committee, and President-Elect of IDA Why Serve as an IDA Director? Make a Difference! Continued on page 36 I 34 International Door & Operator Industry™

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