By Linda Jovanovich
HMA Executive Vice President
In my recent readings, I came across this aphorism: “I do not create; I merely pass on the wisdom of those who have gone before.” This wise saying is credited to Chinese philosopher Confucius, and it really hits home for me, especially as I work on the finishing touches to our National Conference and Expo 2021.
I had an excellent teacher and role model in Sue Regan*. As our “seasoned” HMA members will remember, and I hope our ‘youngster’ members will appreciate, Sue was dedicated to the promotion of our industry, loyal to the HMA membership, and committed, almost to the point of being driven, to providing services and member events that all HMA members would find valuable.
Her untimely death in 2007, sent shock waves through our Association, and I dare say, through the hardwood industry. Nonetheless, her presence remains with us, every step of the way, because so much of what we continue to do - and benefit from - she put into play. Case in point, the modus operandi of our National Conference and Expo.
For all intents and purposes, the event format that continues to ‘work’ for us today was her design. “Recognize what our members need to know, and focus on that!” she would say. “Then provide information and networking opportunities that fit their parameters. Their time is valuable. And we exist for them.” Enough said!
On our member website, www.HMAmembers.org, and included in an article in this issue of The Link, you’ll find the agenda for our upcoming Conference in Austin. As you review the information, and hopefully finalize your plans to participate, please know that I’ve relied “on the wisdom of those who have gone before” in making preparation for this event. Join us.
* Susan M. Regan, Executive Vice President of the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, 1990 – 2007.