International Door & Operator Industry

JUL-AUG 2013

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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President's Commentary It's a Privilege to Serve... ...Thanks for the Opportunity By Bill Gibson, President, International Door Association T hank you for the opportunity to serve as president of this great association. I am overjoyed and humbled to be elected by the Board of Directors to this honorable position. I promise to give you my best efforts by following our mission statement, "to provide services to door and access systems dealers that enhance their professionalism and value." I want to acknowledge my immediate predecessors Michael Beltrami and Bob Hammersley for their encouragement, their guidance and most importantly their friendship. Both of these men have shown and continue to show dedicated leadership in all matters pertaining to our association. These include the formation of the Technology and Education Committee, the IDAssurance™ program, the recovery of Dealer-Fit and the quest to adapt the IDAExpo™ to an ever-changing marketplace. I will miss Bob's insightful and often humorous take on many issues, and I am grateful to have Michael guide us in the strategic planning process. It was under Michael's presidency that the 2013 IDAExpo in Nashville was produced. Without any reservation, the event was a tremendous success. Responses from dealers and exhibitors have been positive, and exhibit sales for the 2014 IDAExpo in Las Vegas are going strong. The Nashville educational program produced for IDA by IDEA drew 2,756 participants; the largest educational gathering since the 2008 show. Congratulations to the IDAExpo Committee chaired by Paul McManus. Let me also thank and acknowledge the group of volunteers who give of their time, away from their families and their businesses, to serve on the Board of Directors. These dedicated men and women from industry companies and dealerships give a minimum of three years and often six years to develop services and programs that enhance the professionalism and value of our individual and collective businesses. As the association's leadership changes, all directors beneft by making new friends from across the country and the world as we work together to lead our association. So that you have a better feel for who your president is, I began my career in 1982 at the industry level in sales for WayneDalton Corporation. I remained with W-D until acquiring my current company, Overhead Door Company of Lexington in 1995 with John Zoller. John and I acquired and sold three other dealerships throughout our partnership that lasted until 2007. I owe much to John and to all the customers, friends and fellow IDA members I met during my years of sales. The experience taught me the highs and lows of our business and Para la versión en Español, visitare www.doors.org 8 how to overcome adversity and remain steadfast in providing professional services to customers and suppliers. It was during these 31 years that I grew to know IDA. From setting up displays at the DODA shows to working the IDA Expos, I learned much from those experiences that helped me guide my business to become a force in our marketplace. When asked to serve on the IDEA Board of Directors, I was hesitant and questioned if I would have the time to do that and manage the companies. I am glad I accepted the appointment from IDA for it taught me the true value of our association, the enhanced value of professionalism. Throughout the eleven years that I have been acquainted with the IDA leadership there is a consistency that I must acknowledge. It is the relationship between our association and the dedicated staff of our management company, Long & Associates, led by Roe Long-Wagner and Chris Long. The list of services they provide is endless. All one needs to do is ask and they fnd a way to put ideas and programs together. The entire staff has served us well during those years, providing a continuity that is immeasurable. Again, thank you for the privilege to serve and know this, I am but an email or telephone call away.

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