AHAM LOOKS TO ITS FUTURE AT MEMBERS MEETING.Byline: Gerry Beatty
WASHINGTON-Perhaps the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers will make some history of its own at the historic Willard Intercontinental Washington The Willard InterContinental Washington is a historic luxury hotel located two blocks east of the White House in Washington, D.C. Among its facilities are numerous luxurious guest rooms, several restaurants, the famed Round Robin Bar, and voluminous function rooms. during its Annual Member Meeting beginning Sunday, April 17.
The theme of AHAM's Annual Member Meeting is "Serving a Global Industry" -- in itself a reflection of broad trends. The association now runs three divisions, Major Appliances, Portable Appliances and Floor Care, and most of the member companies operate on a global scale. In recent years, AHAM has forged closer ties with similar international associations and other domestic trade groups.
Much of the meeting's work is done privately. Members of each division gather Sunday or Monday; AHAM's directors follow Tuesday morning; and members make appointments with congressional officials that afternoon. In addition, officials from AHAM's foreign counterparts in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Japan and Mexico will participate in an April 19 forum.
Two senators were invited to speak at open events. Lamar Alexander Andrew Lamar Alexander (born July 3, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee and a member of the Republican Party. He was previously the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. , R.-Tenn., from a state with several appliance factories, was invited to address the Monday breakfast. Thad Cochran, R.-Miss., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is scheduled to speak during lunch.
At least three industry events this spring offer discussions on radio-frequency identification. AHAM's panel will include Mike Miranda, president of EPCglobal US, the company created by the Udenniform Code Council to introduce RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. .
Two opening panels will update extended producer responsibility Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a strategy designed to promote the integration of environmental costs associated with products throughout their life cycles into the market price of the products (OECD 1999). and the growing international issue of recycling, which has been an AHAM meeting preoccupation for three years. Joe McGuire, president, and AHAM chair Liston Durden will provide State of the Association Reports and update the strategic plan. The highlight of the Monday banquet will be the presentation of industry achievement awards.