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IOPFDA Announces Board Restructuring
OFDA and NOPA Boards to Join IOPFDA as Unified Association
BALTIMORE (November 29, 2013) – The Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA) announces a restructuring of its Board of Directors to incorporate the boards of its two major divisions: the Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA) and the National Office Products Alliance (NOPA).
In addition to the existing IOPFDA board which is made up of chairs, past chairs and vice chairs of both NOPA and OFDA, those directors whose terms continue beyond 2013 will be incorporated into the new IOPFDA board. This board will make up the foundation for the association’s operations and joint programs while both NOPA and OFDA will continue to function as divisions of the association with committees formed to address division-specific issues.
“By consolidating the three boards into one with representation by both office products and office furniture dealers, the IOPFDA will act as the individual voice that dealers trust,” said Mike Tucker, President of George W. Allen Company and current chair of IOPFDA. “We all want the same thing from a professional association. We want an advocate to represent our interests. We want research and insight into our business and we want education and services that will help us to grow and expand. This is exactly what the new IOPFDA intends to do.”
Under the guidance of Clemons & Associates and utilizing the talents of NOPA’s Director of Government Affairs, Paul Miller and IOPFDA Director of Marketing & Communications, Alicia Ellis, IOPFDA will outline a plan to provide better, clearer communications; expand the association’s research initiatives to become an industry resource and develop programs and services to save members time and/or money.
“Starting with the relaunch of IOPFDA’s website next month, dealers will begin to see a real commitment to education and business development,” said Paula Kreuzburg, Managing Director of IOPFDA. “The plan is to offer more webinars in the coming year, research and development projects and, with the help of committees made up of dealer executives, really drive the association’s focus for industry growth.”
“Celebrating its 110th anniversary next year, IOPFDA and the industry itself has changed over the years,” said Tucker. “There have been good years, bad years, years of incredible growth and years of great disappointment for the industry. But through it all, IOPFDA stood as the association for dealers. And, like the dealer community has been doing all along, it’s time for the association to change, to adapt and to grow for the greater good of the association and the entire dealer community.”
ABOUT IOPFDA: The Independent Office Products and Furniture Dealers Association (IOPFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association for North American independent dealers of office products and office furniture. Since 1904, IOPFDA has concentrated on providing independent dealers with the information, tools and knowledge they need to help them to be successful in an evolving business environment. The association accomplishes these goals by:
- Conducting business benchmarking studies to help dealers improve their operations and financial success.
- Providing opportunities for dialogue, professional education advancement and exchanges of best practices among dealers through annual conferences and other face-to-face meetings, webinars, members-only communications, online publications and other program activities for dealers and their key trading partners.
- Organizing federal and selective state and local public policy advocacy on critical issues affecting dealers and the independent office products channel.
- Providing competitive insurance and group discount business services, as well as scholarships to members.
- Coordinating development of voluntary office products data standards and xml communications standards for the office furniture industry.
Made up of two membership divisions, The National Office Products Alliance (NOPA) and The Office Furniture Dealers Alliance (OFDA), IOPFDA represents over 1,200 members including dealers, manufacturers, wholesalers, manufacturers’ representatives and industry service providers. Through its membership divisions, IOPFDA serves as the voice of the industry and is a respected and focused dealer partner.
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