The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently announced its Board of Directors voted unanimously to adjust its annual meeting lineup by hosting a single convention and expo in the spring, and adding an annual executive leadership conference in the fall. These changes will be implemented in 2017. The voting took place at the recent Board of Directors Meeting, which took place on October 19 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

“The new annual meeting lineup is 100% focused on engagement,” said Matthew E. Croson, president. “We envision enhanced supply chain interaction and our flagship event will become even more important when it is hosted once a year. Additionally, focused executive level engagement will be promoted by creating an opportunity for our industry’s leaders to gather annually in order to consider the future.”

The association has previously hosted two annual conventions and expos, one in the spring and one in the fall. In addition, the association hosted a biennial leadership conference. Following the adoption of its “Long Range Plan,” and the addition of 17 new programs and services, the board asked the industry how best to align its annual meeting lineup to add value. The ASC created a board level task force to consider changes, ensuring that member needs were taken into account, while also considering the economic impact to the council itself.

“ASC leadership wanted to make sure that industry was supportive of adjusting the lineup, but also ensure that we wouldn’t cripple the council’s ability to deliver value,” said Croson. “We had nearly 70% member respondents supporting the idea, and even higher support from suppliers. The task force concluded that an adjustment was what members valued and recommended the changes to the board.”

While the annual meeting lineup is changing for 2017, the lineup for 2016 is already in place.

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