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May  2002

     NSDJA News
by Linnea Johansson

                    The Balancing Act

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  “I hope you'll take advantage of an opportunity to meet with your colleagues by joining us at the National Sash and Door Jobbers Association's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for October 12-16, 2002, in San Antonio.”

 

We've all been told the importance of balance in our lives. Eat a balanced diet. Balance career and family. And, in today's high-tech world, a new challenge is to balance the use of technology with your company's greatest asset—the people.

Today's technologies are having a tremendous impact on the way we communicate with our colleagues, our customers and our suppliers. Because we are acquiring information through e-mail, the Internet, corporate intranets, relational databases, broadcast faxes and PDAs—it's more important than ever to remember that without people to interpret the information, it is only data. These technologies allow us to communicate rapidly with one another, but at the risk of being impersonal. All of this is changing the fulcrum point in the balance between technology and people.

As technology impacts so many aspects of our lives, meeting face-to-face with our colleagues provides the opportunity to regain focus and direction in our professional lives, rekindle relationships and maximize the power of a handshake and a good conversation.

And thus, I hope you'll take advantage of an opportunity to meet with your colleagues by joining us at the National Sash and Door Jobbers Association's 39th Annual Convention scheduled for October 12-16, 2002, in San Antonio. This year, the NSDJA convention will feature more than 150 exhibitors occupying 172,000 square feet of meeting space.

Thanks to NSDJA's first vice president George Lorenz, his wife, Emily, and the annual convention program committee who have assembled an impressive lineup of speakers for this year. In addition to educational seminars on issues specific to the millwork industry, one of the keynote speakers at this year's NSDJA convention is Dr. Barry Asmus, a senior economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis. The author of several books and nationally syndicated talk show host, Dr. Asmus will offer his comments on the economy, public policy and globalization. 

We'll also hear from Beck Weathers, M.D., as he recounts his amazing story of survival on his descent from Mt. Everest. Caught in a violent storm with subzero temperatures and hurricane-force winds, Dr. Weathers' story demonstrates heroism, bravery and triumph of the human spirit.

Convention brochures will be mailed to NSDJA member in mid-June. Non-members may request a brochure by calling 1-800-786-7274. Or visit us at http://www.nsdja.com/convention


Linnea Johansson is the executive director for the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association of New Port Richey, Fla.


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