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by Rosalie Leone
The selection of a name—whether it pertains to an entrepreneur considering a name for an innovative business, parents thoughtfully selecting a name for their newborn or an engineer contemplating a name for a new design—is decided upon with much deliberation. Our name reflects our past, present and future. It’s what we work for, stand for and believe in. It’s also who, what and where we are, and we’re proud of it. Yet, as it is with some aspects of life, we seem to have outgrown it.
In June 2003, the jobber membership of the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA) voted to change its name to the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). The goal of the name change was to better reflect the role and position of the association in the millwork industry. In reverence to our history and in recognition of our long-standing members, we wanted to bring along some of our great past and blend it with the new. We will integrate the new name with an icon similar to our existing logo and add a new tag line, “Serving the window, door & millwork industries.”
The past four decades could be described as a roller coaster ride of unforeseeable changes—economically, globally and environmentally—especially in the millwork industry. We are proud to have members that are first-, second- and third-generation millwork companies that not only have endured the ride, but get back in line each year to do it over again.
Along with the members, it was the NSDJA that continued servicing the window, door and millwork industries with integrity, value and membership service. Our goal has always been, and will continue to be, to exceed the needs of our customers—our members.
The NSDJA is synonymous with the millwork industry. The name change to Association of Millwork Distributors does not alter what the NSDJA has accomplished and represented to the industry or the members for the past 40 years. Although the name may change, what the association represents to the millwork industry and our members will not. The focus is, and will always be, a commitment to service, integrity and value.
For those in the millwork industry who have not been involved with the NSDJA for the past 40 years, we invite you to visit our website at www.nsdja.com or contact the NSDJA headquarters at 727/372-3665 for more information.
Rosalie Leone is the executive director of the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association, based in New Port Richey, Fla.
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