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The president's corner.

During PIMA's Annual International Management Conference (June 29-July 2, Hilton New York, New York City), I will be stepping down as president of this great organization and passing the gavel to the capable hands of 2003-04 President Harry Seamans (Potlach Corporation) and Affiliate Chair Diane Murdock (Fluidix Microforming Systems). While I will be sad to leave my post, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve PIMA, and I am proud of the accomplishments our members have made during my tenure.

2003 was certainly an eventful year for PIMA, with our shift change in administration and philosophy making our way through the troubling times faced by the paper industry as a whole. I am proud to say that PIMA's executive hoard rose to the challenge and steered the PIMA ship through the stormy seas of the rough economy. PIMA's leaders have had such great success that we see light at the end of the tunnel for our industry.

Some of the biggest accomplishments over the past 12 months have started with more open communications. We communicate with our member on a regular basis through a number of vehicles: the all-new PIMA Post newsletter, our Web site (, monthly conference calls with division leaders, online training, and more.

In addition, PIMA's local Divisions have become increasingly active. Our Divisions are a great resource for our members; time is a premium in this industry, and local conferences and seminars enable paper professionals to network with their peers and build their knowledge base while saving travel expenses and lost time. Thanks to the many educational conferences, golf outings and social events offered through PIMA Divisions, paper professionals can enjoy quality programming close to home.

This push toward providing learning opportunities within close reach is an exciting development. This year, PIMA launched an all new online training tool that enabled mill sites to participate in courses such as "Defining and Achieving a Reliability Culture" and "Problem Solving at the Speed of Business" right from their desktops. This allows for training expenses to be cut significantly because there's less travel, no hotel stays to worry about, and personnel spend less time away from the mill. PIMA worked with CPBIS to put together quality online training seminars, and the program was a resounding success. In addition, PIMA extended to TAPPI members special rates on online training and conference registration. Through these cooperative agreements, PIMA is working toward a common goal of furthering the success of the paper industry.

I am also very excited about PIMA's upcoming Annual International Management Conference. This is one of the strongest educational programs that PIMA has ever assembled. PIMA will be returning to New York for the first time in 45 years to recognize the contributions of our members and to share knowledge. This conference is a unique opportunity for us to share our successes and challenges, learn about new technologies and resources, build profit and shareholder value, and gain insights from top paper executives as well as important industry customers.

I would like to thank all the leaders and members of PIMA for their hard work and support over the year. A special thank-you goes to Bob Morrison of Voith Fabrics, PIMA's Affiliate Chair, for his service.

In closing, I hope to see you at the Annual Management Conference in New York, or at a future Division event. Thank you for your continued support of PIMA.
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Title Annotation:PIMA Association News
Author:Heuchling, Raymond J
Publication:Solutions - for People, Processes and Paper
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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