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FSCT Board votes on governance restructure at spring meetings; ICE 2006 approved for New Orleans, November 1-3.

The FSCT Board of Directors approved at first reading amendments to its Bylaws that would change the basic structure of the organization's governing bodies. Based on the recommendations of the Structure & Governance Task Force, which were presented to the Board at its meeting last fall, the FSCT Board would be greatly reduced in size and the Executive Committee would be eliminated. Of significance, for the first time, the Board would be directly elected by the membership.

In other business, the Board of Directors approved the following items:

* Merger of the Cleveland Society with the Cleveland Paint & Coatings Association to form the Cleveland Coatings Society;

* Expansion of the Toronto Society's boundary; and

* ICE 2006, originally scheduled for Chicago, was rescheduled for New Orleans, November 1-3, due to insufficient exhibit space in Chicago. The FSCT appreciates the cooperation of NPCA in relocating its annual meeting to take place in conjunction with ICE in New Orleans.

Society Leadership Conference

The FSCT was pleased to host the Presidents and other officers of several of its Constituent Societies who attended the Society Leadership Conference on May 20, in addition to the meetings of the Board. Representing the Societies were: Howard Beedle (British Society); Paul Moore (CDIC); Herb Waltenspiel (Chicago); Scott Becker and Chris Harding (Cleveland); Larry Teachout (Los Angeles); Mihaela Coman (Pacific Northwest); Marshall Jones (Philadelphia); Nada Javanovich (Piedmont); Stephen Cooper and David Roth (Southern); and Walter Fibiger (Toronto).

The group heard reports and participated in discussions on the FSCT's proposed restructure and an overview of Federation activities. Of specific interest was a presentation on the proposed Society Liaison Council during which the Society attendees provided the FSCT with much needed feedback and suggestions on the Council's formation and operation. Under the proposed restructure, the Council would serve as the Societies' advisory arm of the FSCT, providing the FSCT Board with Societies' perspective on industry concerns. With plans in development, the operation of the Council will be the responsibility of the Societies.

Scott Becker, of Cleveland, reported on the merger of the Cleveland Society and the Cleveland Paint & Coatings Association. This first of a kind merger of a Society was made possible by the recent decision to "decouple" FSCT and Society membership. Mr. Becker noted that the new, merged organization would be able to provide expanded benefits to its members. The new organization will be called the Cleveland Coatings Society.

FSCT Board Strategic Workshop

Held on May 21, this informal workshop normally precedes the Board of Directors Meeting and provides the group with an in-depth look at special areas of interest. At this meeting the Directors discussed the proposed restructure proposal. Bylaws Committee Chair Fred Anwari reviewed the amendments to the Bylaws as they related to the recommendations of the Structure and Governance Task Force.

Past-President Rick Hille then made a related presentation discussing the potential transition between "old" and "new" governing structures. Mr. Hille chairs a task force formed by President Fritz Walker that will prepare procedures for such a transition. The Board provided the task force with its comments and suggestions.

FSCT staff updated the Board on activities in several strategic areas, such as international cooperation, industry collaboration, and future conventions and educational programs, including the Advancements in Coatings Series (ACSeries).

ACSeries Event

The initial program in the Advancements in Coatings Series, "Research Methods for the 21st Century," was held in conjunction with the Spring Meeting on May 18-20. Developed by a Task Force composed of Dean Webster, North Dakota State University (Chair); Bret Chisholm, NDSU; Marc Hirsch, Luna Innovations; and Richard Roesler, Bayer MaterialScience, LLC, the program explored emerging technologies and techniques that provide the user with competitive advantages in developing new coatings products. A primary focus was on design of experiment and high throughput research and development.

The FSCT thanks the organizing committee and presenters for their participation and assistance.

FSCT Spring 2005 Board of Directors Meeting

(The following is a summary of the reports presented and actions taken during the Spring 2005 Meeting of the FSCT Board of Directors. The full report may be viewed on the FSCT website: www.coatingstech.org.)

"FRITZ" H. WALKER, PRESIDENT

Since the November 2004 Board of Directors meeting I have, as your President, chaired all meetings of the Executive Committee. I've also served on the Publications Committee and the Editorial Review Board of JCT. I chaired a meeting of the FSCT-OCCA Collaboration Committee in Miami. Together with Bob Ziegler, I attended PACE 2004 and met with the leadership of that show to explore the possibility of FSCT's future collaboration with them on this event. By the time of our board meeting, I will have presented a VLC on waterborne resin technology, and represented our organization at the European Coatings Show.

The Officers, Staff and Executive Committee are working diligently to implement the four main pillars of our strategic plan: (1) serve all coatings technologies; (2) increase international presence; (3) broaden educational activities; and (4) improve structure and revenue. The discussions with PACE and OCCA are examples of activities designed to address points (1) and (2). The split of our publications into two separate journals has allowed us to better address the needs of manufacturing and marketing professionals in JCT COATINGSTECH, while continuing to provide technical information on new technologies in JCT RESEARCH. We continue to support the growth of professional organizations in South and Central America with speaker support, and modest, strategic financial contributions. We are also sponsoring membership of SATER and STAR in CSI, and I will be attending the ABRAFATI show this fall to continue to build a relationship with this important Brazilian trade group.

President-Elect Ryntz and other volunteers have made enormous efforts to implement the recommendations of the Alternate Year Events Committee. Their primary activity is the launch of the Advancements in Coatings Series, a combination of scientific symposia, workshops, and courses designed to educate and keep our membership up-to-date oin a variety of technologies impacting our industry. This year's three topics are Research Methods in the 21st Century (May 18-20, New Orleans), Nanotechnology in Coatings (June 8-10, Seattle), and Coating Wood and Wood Composites (September 25-27, Charlotte). We are also collaborating with the Western Coatings Societies to co-produce the Western Coatings Show in Las Vegas in November. This will also serve as our Annual Meeting, where important events like the Mattiello Lecture, Roon presentations, various award presentations, and our Fall Board meeting will occur.

Our financial situation continues to be challenging. The decision driven by our supplier base and our membership to hold ICE on a biennial schedule has created a revenue shortfall that needs to be addressed. The ACSeries events and collaboration with the WCS are our first attempt to bridge this gap. Exactly how far they will go in doing so will not be known until year's end, but it is clear that additional sources of revenue and/or reduction in expenses will probably be required. Our efforts at serving all coatings technologies and expanding our international presence have all been approached with our financial needs firmly in mind.

A bright spot here is that the historic decoupling of membership in the Federation and Local Societies has already had a positive effect on membership. Last year we were able to recruit more than 300 new members at ICE alone, and for the first time in many years have had a net increase in membership.

In light of all of the above strategic financial initiatives, there is nothing before the Board that is more important than the first vote to pass the Bylaws revisions necessary to implement the recommendations of the Structure and Governance Task Force. By now, you have had ample time to familiarize yourself with the reasons our structure must be changed, and our specific recommendations for doing so. It is imperative that we adopt a smaller, more flexible Board with the ability to recruit volunteer members with specific expertise required to meet our many challenges. I trust you will come to New Orleans with an understanding of the proposals, and prepared to discuss the issues before us. In the end, I hope that you will offer your support and vote to pass the complete package of reforms as recommended. The very ability of the FSCT to provide for the needs of coatings technology professionals today and in the future is at stake.

ROSE ANN RYNTZ, PRESIDENT-ELECT

May we live in interesting times? The past six months have been very interesting and busy for me. I have been honored to participate in all Executive Committee meetings and conference calls. I have acted as a member of the Publications Committee, a trustee of the CIEF, and a member of the Editorial Review Board for the JCT RESEARCH. I have participated in aligning the structure of the ACSeries, "Advancements in Coatings Series," as well as the Annual Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the Western Coating Societies this fall. I was also honored to represent the FSCT at the NPCA Spring Board of Directors meeting in March, 2005.

As a trustee of the CIEF, I had the pleasure to audit Cal Poly, which is certainly one of the premier coatings institutions in the West. The university currently employs six faculty who teach both graduate and undergraduate classes related to polymers and coatings. In 2004, the CIEF provided funding for five undergraduates in the polymers and coatings program in the amount of $5000.

As a member of the Publications Committee, I had the experience of co-editing (along with Ray Dickie and Jon Martin) a Service Life Prediction book, which is a compilation of the latest scientific and technical advances leading to more reliable and qualitative predictions of the weathering performance of polymeric materials. The chapters consist of refereed papers presented at the Service Life Prediction Symposium, held in Sedona, AZ in February, 2004. The book will be published by the FSCT later in 2005.

At the spring meeting of the NPCA's Board of Directors, I learned of the advancements the NPCA has made in several areas.

Coordinating a group of dedicated volunteers in the organization of the ACSeries has been a delight for me. The group, headed by the Technical Event Coordinating chair Ray Fernando, and supported by the FSCT Staff, in particular Rod Moon, has put together an excellent line-up of Symposia.

Formulating a new event for the Annual Meeting this year has too been enlightening. I had the pleasure to visit the Western Coatings group (LASCT, GGSCT, PNWSCT, ASCT) in July of last year to discuss initial plans to co-host a Western Coatings Symposium along with the FSCT. The event, entitled the 27th Biennial Western Coatings Societies Symposium & Show and FSCT Annual Meeting, will be held at the Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa in Las Vegas, NV November 6-9, 2005. Four short courses will precede the Technical Program. The technical programming will include management, environmental, and formulation related papers. A poster session is planned as well as an exhibition of suppliers' wares. The Mattiello, Technical Focus, Hendry, John Gordon Best Paper, and Heckel awards will all be included as part of the technical programming.

I hope that I have conveyed a sentiment of change and excitement. We are indeed living in interesting times and it is my pleasure to serve you as President-Elect. I look forward to a great year as we move forward!

YASMIN SAYED-SWEET, SECRETARY-TREASURER

It has been a great honor and pleasure to serve as your Secretary-Treasurer. Since the start of my term I have participated in all Executive Committee meetings and conference calls, several PDC meetings, and the April CIEF Board of Trustees meeting in which I attended as the secretary for the CIEF. As a member of the Structure & Governance task force last year, I learned a great deal about our members, Constituent Society structures, and the FSCT. What a journey it has been. I am very proud of the document and recommendations that are being presented to the Board based upon the work of this committee.

Financially, 2005 is the beginning of the FSCT's transition to an every other year ICE show. Many key initiatives such as development of the ACSeries events, changes to the JCT, and options surrounding membership are now in place. Full 2005 fiscal year results are budgeted at a record $885,000 surplus. For the first half (Sept 2004-Feb. 2005) of the 2005 year, revenues of $3,401,362 were slightly below budget of $3,487,845. The shortfall is mainly attributed to slightly lower revenues from ICE exhibits, registration, and conference. Operating expenses for the first six months were $1,908,309 vs. budget of $1,842,895, with minor overages in the areas of benefit expenses, publications, and other expenses. A net operating surplus of $1,493,000 vs. a budget surplus of $1,644,950 was achieved. A non-operating surplus exceeded budget by $110,000 due mainly to the solid performance of the investment portfolio during the first six months. Total net surplus for the six months ending February 28 were $1,560,000 vs. budget of $1,600,000.

As presented at the Fall 2004 Board meeting much of the current year surplus will be consumed over the next fiscal year period with no ICE show in 2005. Every effort is being made to evaluate alternate forms of revenue streams to compensate for the alternate year ICE schedule. A key initiative headed by our TECC committee--the Advancements in Coatings Series (ACSeries) is expected to supplement some revenues and, most of all, help accomplish our mission of education to our membership in the absence of ICE.

I look forward to working with you at our upcoming Spring Board meeting. It is my sincere wish that we move forward together for a responsive FSCT structure that will help us to act in a timely manner for our members, our constituent societies, and our industry.

FSCT ACTIVITIES

Staff members presented the following reports on various activities:

Advancements in Coatings Series

With their genesis coming from discussions and recommendations by the Alternate Year Events Task Force, the ACSeries events are planned to accomplish two major goals: (1) to provide venues for educational events in years during which there is no ICE; and (2) to provide an additional income source for the FSCT. Three ACSeries events are planned for 2005. The initial conference will be held on May 18-20, in New Orleans on the topic, "Research Methods for the 21st Century." On June 8-10, "Nanotechnology in Coatings" will be held in Seattle. And, on September 25-27, "Coating Wood and Wood Composites" will be featured in Charlotte, NC. We sincerely thank the Technical Events Coordinating Committee (Dr. Ray Fernando, Chair), the ACSeries Subcommittees, and the initial leadership of Dr. Rose Ryntz for their tireless efforts in developing this series. It should be noted that these are works in progress with long-term goals as expressed above. The topics, format, and plans will continue to undergo review and revision to refine the product to best meet the needs of the membership.

Western Coatings Societies/FSCT Annual Meeting Events

As was announced last fall, the FSCT has agreed to undertake the management of the Western Coatings Societies Symposium and Show (WCS). The event will be held on November 6-9 at the Westin Casuarina Hotel and Spa, in Las Vegas, NV, a first for the WCS and the FSCT. Under the oversight of the WCS Coordinating Committee (Trish Jones, Los Angeles Society, Chair), the FSCT's major effort will be in promoting and implementing the event. In conjunction with the WCS, the FSCT will hold its 2005 Annual Meeting.

Information on sponsorship and exhibiting has been sent to supplier and distributor companies nationally. Attendance and registration information will be sent to all members in June and will be featured in JCT COATINGSTECH and on the FSCT website.

Industry Collaboration

Collaboration and cooperation among associations are becoming commonplace and offer a cost and time effective means of achieving goals and expanding resources. The FSCT has been in discussions with several industry organizations, including SSPC, PDCA, and OCCA on areas for possible collaboration. Talks to date have identified potential opportunities for cooperative activities and the FSCT will continue to investigate topics and to dialogue with these groups.

Additionally, the FSCT is pleased to participate as a member of the Paint Industry Council, which is composed of industry organizations and their Executive Directors. In addition to the FSCT, members of the PIC include the National Paint & Coatings Association; Finishing Contractors Association; SSPC: the Society for Protective Coatings; Paint and Decorating Contractors Association; Master Painters Institute; RadTech International N.A.; and Paint and Decorating Retailers Association. Meeting twice annually, the group's discussions provide a useful forum for sharing updates on activities and exploring possible areas for cooperation.

Publications

From all reports, last year's reformatting of the JCT has been an unqualified success. The JCT RESEARCH continues to gain greater respect as the industry's leading journal, and JCT COATINGSTECH similarly has found increased interest in readership and advertising by both the membership and supplier communities. We sincerely thank the past and present members of the Publications Committees, the Editorial Review Board and the Advisory Board for their support and guidance in this effort.

Virtual Learning Conferences

Combining Internet and audio conferencing technologies, Virtual Learning Conferences were introduced to the coatings industry by FSCT in 2000. The FSCT offered the following VLCs during Spring 2005:

* March 17 -- UV Curable Coatings I: Coatings for Plastics

* March 31 -- UV Curable Coatings II: Coatings for Wood

* April 21 -- Advances in Waterborne Resin Technology

* May 5 -- Corrosion & Coatings I

* May 19 -- Corrosion & Coatings II

* June 2 -- Coatings for Wood I: Wood Properties

* June 9 -- Coatings for Wood II: Effect of Wood Properties on Finish Performance

* June 23 -- Failure Analysis of Paints and Coatings

The Virtual Learning Conference Task Force, comprised of members of the PDC, is busy developing the Fall 2005 schedule. At this point VLCs being planned include:

* Coatings Defect Identification & Prevention

* Coatings Weatherability

FSCT Website

The FSCT is currently conducting a comprehensive review and updating of its website. Expected to be completed in late 2005, the site will offer easier navigation, increased member benefits, and greater interactivity. In addition, the site will be hosted internally, a move that is expected to improve functionality and decrease overall costs.

The FSCT's website continues to be a very effective communication tool for members as well as industry visitors. The site averages more than 400 visitor sessions per day (over 13,000 "hits"). Visitor sessions average over 20 minutes per visit. Use of the JCT archives (now also featuring articles from JCT RESEARCH and JCT COATINGSTECH) has also increased dramatically; this area of the site attracts over 1000 individuals each month to search on and download articles.

Amendments to the Bylaws on Restructure

Featured was a first reading of the proposed amendments to the Bylaws that would substantially restructure the governing body of the FSCT. Prior to the meeting, several communications were provided to the members of the Board, Society Officers, and the general membership explaining the reasons behind the proposals and detailing the changes and their effect on the FSCT. Attending the meeting in person were 28 of 37 Directors. Six additional Board Members participated in the discussion on the Bylaws amendments via a conference call. Three Directors were unavoidably absent due to schedule conflicts.

The major effects of the amendments would be:

SIZE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

* Currently, at 37 voting members (including 26 Society-named Directors; 4 at-Large Directors, 3 Past-President Directors; 1 representative from NPCA; and the 3 Officers).

* Proposed Board would be reduced to 11 voting members (2 Officers and 9 member-elected Directors).

OFFICERS:

* Currently, there are 3 Officers (President; President-Elect; and Secretary-Treasurer).

* Proposed are 2 Officer positions (President and Vice President), with the Vice President not automatically assuming the Presidency. The Secretary-Treasurer would become a non-voting, functional position.

TERMS OF OFFICE:

* Currently, Officers have one-year terms.

* Proposed, Officers would hold two-year terms.

* Directors would continue to hold three-year terms of office.

ELECTIONS:

* Currently, Board Society Directors now are either named or elected by their respective Societies. Directors-at-Large, Past-President Directors and the Officers are elected by the Board.

* Proposed, 9 Directors would be elected directly by the general FSCT membership. The Board would elect the President and Vice President, as well as the Secretary-Treasurer (a non-voting position).

During the debate the Board considered two motions to revise the proposed Bylaws to provide for (1) the replacement of a member-elected Director with a Director named by the Society Liaison Council, and (2) a term limit of two consecutive two-year terms for the President and Vice President. Both proposals were defeated.

The First Reading of the Proposed Amendments was then approved by the Board by a vote of 34-3 (per FSCT Bylaws, Directors absent from the debate on Bylaws changes are "Negative" votes).

The Second Reading and passage of the Amendments will be held at the November 6, 2005 meeting of the Board of Directors, in Las Vegas.

TRANSITION:

Resolution on Board Nominations

Following approval of the amendments to the Bylaws on the First Reading, Mr. Anwari, Chair of the Bylaws Committee, presented a resolution for Board's approval that would allow exceptions to the current Bylaws in order for the additional nomination process. The following resolution was approved by a vote of 33-0-1:

"Whereas, the Federation is anticipating a restructuring of the Board of Directors and the election of the Board of Directors, and

"Whereas, the restructuring process will begin in the last quarter of 2005 and the new Federation Board will be installed in the first quarter of 2006, let it be

"Be It Resolved that

-- The current Bylaws in Section 9.2.A which states that the Nominating Committee prepare a report of its nominees for Directors, Executive Committee and Officers to be Elected by the Board, with a copy of said report mailed to the Directors at least 30 days prior to the spring meeting be supplemented with "The Transition Task Force will submit a list of member elected Directors to the current Federation Executive Vice President for distribution to the Society Representatives by the end of August 2005, and

-- The current Bylaws in Section 9.2.A which states that the nominations for Directors may be made by 25 Federation members and received by the Executive Vice-President of the Federation not later than June 15 in the year of which the election is to taken place be changed for the year 2005 so that nominations can be accepted until October 2, 2005, and

-- The current Bylaws in Section 9.2.C which states that all nominations shall be published in the August issue of the JCT COATINGSTECH be changed for the year 2005 to not later than the December issue of the JCT COATINGSTECH.

"This resolution goes into effect immediately after adoption and will be in effect until the end of the first quarter of 2006."

The Societies will be requested to extend the terms of office of their current FSCT Board Directors through the process.

Nominations

Notwithstanding the approval of the amendments at First Reading, the FSCT Nominating Committee (Rick Hille, Chair) presented its slate of nominations to fill Officer, Board, and Executive Committee positions for 2005-2006.

PRESIDENT-ELECT: Dr. Yasmin Sayed-Sweet (Detroit Society), Cook Composites & Polymers, Clarkston, MI. (One-year term)

SECRETARY-TREASURER: Joe Brown (British Society), Cray Valley Ltd., Stallisborough, N.E. Lincs., UK. (One-year term)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (Society Director): Chris Harding (Cleveland Society), Waterlox Coatings Corp., Cleveland, OH. (Three-year term)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Past-President): Gerry J. Gough (British Society), ICI Packaging Coatings Ltd., Birmingham, UK (Two-year term)

Dr. Rose Ann Ryntz (Detroit Society), Visteon Corp., Dearborn, MI, current President-Elect, will assume the Presidency on November 9, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Unless the proposed amendments to the Bylaws are approved at Second Reading, elections of the above slate of nominees will be held at the November 6, 2005 meeting of the Board of Directors, in Las Vegas.

However, if the proposed amendments are approved at Second Reading in November, the above slate of nominees will be withdrawn and a new slate will be presented for election by the general membership in early 2006. The Transitional Task Force will announce specific procedures for Board nominations and direct election.

OTHER ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD

ICE 2006--Staff very recently learned that the exhibit space being held in Chicago for ICE 2006 was released in error by the Chicago convention authority and contracted to another group. This situation was unprecedented for the FSCT and, unfortunately, could not be remedied by any of the parties involved. Staff quickly addressed the situation and just prior to the Spring Meetings obtained new dates and space in New Orleans. The Executive Committee approved the rescheduling of ICE 2006 for New Orleans, with show dates of November 1-3.

The Board of Directors unanimously approved the rescheduling of ICE 2006 to New Orleans.

Cleveland Society Merger -- The Board considered a petition from the Cleveland Society to maintain its Constituency status with the FSCT. Mr. Harding, Society Director, reported on the merger of the Cleveland Society with the Cleveland Paint & Coatings Association. The merger, he said, was beneficial to both organizations and gained almost unanimous support by their respective memberships. The FSCT previously had reviewed the proposed Bylaws of the new, merged organization, and had informed the Board that these were consistent with the mission and goals of the FSCT.

The Board unanimously voted in favor, approving the Society petition for Constituency status in the FSCT.

Toronto Society Boundary -- The Board considered a petition from the Toronto Society to extend its boundary to include that portion of Canada previously within the boundary of the former Western New York Society. Adjacent Societies were notified earlier of the petition and advised the FSCT of their approval.

The Board unanimously approved the boundary change of the Toronto Society.

The next meeting of the Board will take place on November 6, 2005 at the Westin Casuarina Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas, in conjunction with the 2005 Western Coatings Societies Symposium and Show.
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