My thanks and congratulations to the NWFA staff for successfully creating (and surviving!) another amazing Expo! What a project: to create a theme that matches the location and the market’s needs, and then to find the right speakers to match that theme, and build an entire program, with education and entertainment both… just amazing! And then to make sure it all comes off flawlessly…well, kudos, Team!
So as tradition dictates, I wore my “hugged it first” shirt. Here I am with some of the people that helped make the magic happen:
Michael must be really happy that I didn’t ONCE, not ONCE, mention the word “formaldehyde” within his hearing…
Anita rules. What else can be said? I know no one is going to dispute that either.
And here’s Stacy, my long suffering editor, who has to put up with my last minute rambling rants with the reformatting issues, and the removal of spaces and commas….thanks Stacy!
John is in charge of Manufacturers Services, and he and I talk a lot about testing and certifications and production, it’s always a lot of fun…well, we have fun, I don’t know if all these regulations are that much fun, but we are determine to find out way through them!
Kjell and I go back a ways—he used to be at Metropolitan! Our loss is the industry’s gain, and at least I still get a hug at a show….
And Sharon is the best hugger ever. I’m known for my hugs, but she puts me to shame! Sharon is the most positive of people, always smiling, and the industry is super lucky to have her doing member outreach. I can’t imagine a show without her hugs!
The bottom line? All I can say to the entire NWFA team is:
Elizabeth Baldwin is Environmental Compliance Officer for Metropolitan Hardwood Floors. In her 25 plus year career in the wood industry has visited over 70 countries and hundreds of facilities of all sizes and types. She describes herself as a “jack of all wood trades.” Familiar with jungles of all sorts–having camped out along the Amazon and walked the halls of Congress–she blogs for the NWFA on both environmental and regulatory issues for educational and informational purposes only. Her blog is not intended and should not be construed as legal advice. Persons seeking legal advice on compliance with CARB, TSCA, the U.S. Lacey Act or any other law, regulation, or compliance requirement/claim should consult with the regulatory agency directly and/or a qualified legal professional.
I hope I remembered to ask all the ladies if I could hug them before I did. If not, sorry, I am an old fart aand never realized it was so offensive. Great seeing all again.