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Association president meets members.

Months before the AMT's meeting, when the glossy printed program was being readied, interim president Albert Moore inserted into the schedule a "President's Address" by his successor, even though no successor had been chosen yet. It was, insiders say, Moore's not-too-subtle way of taking out additional insurance--exerting a little pressure that a replacement would be in place so that he could once again retire from the association's top staff job.

Al Moore didn't attend the early-November meeting, so as not to upstage John B. Byrd III, the new president. (At that meeting the board of directors initiated an award named for Moore; see People News, p5.)

Byrd had taken over from Moore on Oct. 1, and in the five whirlwind weeks until that President's Address he'd met the association' s staff, closed on a new home, moved to Virginia from Indiana, went to AMT's annual forecasting conference in Chicago, traveled to EMO--Milan where he met most of his counterparts from around the world, and attended most of his organization' s 101st annual meeting. By the time he got up to deliver his closing-day address, he'd easily gained the respect and admiration of most members who'd met him.

Much of Byrd's presentation was a self-introduction (see his interview in M.I.R. 10/15/03). But he struck a responsive note when he related how his own experiences, while heading ultraprecision-machine builder Rank Pneumo, of dealing with U.S. government policies that hinder the country's machine-tool industry. There was one 14-machine order for a customer in China, he recalled, in which machine number one was built in the' States where it was designed. But Washington foot-dragging in approving export-license applications forced machines numbered two through 14 to be assembled and shipped from England, our ally.

In closing his remarks, Byrd called the 15 AMT staffers working at the annual meeting, plus his wife Suzi, to step up in front of the membership and be applauded for their efforts. The move, for many in the audience, cemented esteem for the new trade-group president.

AMT--The Assn. for Mfg. Technology, McLean, Va. 703-893-2900.
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Title Annotation:AMT Annual Meeting
Publication:Metalworking Insiders' Report
Date:Nov 25, 2003
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