Building a Future for Distributors and Dealers of Building Products

January/February 2005                                Volume 44,  Issue 1

AMD Headlines
         In the News

Mission – Values – Visions
by Brian P. McIlwee

It’s time to focus! At this year’s AMD convention, held in October in Salt Lake City, our board of directors unanimously approved a new mission, values and vision statement. This culminates years of transition, realignment and a new strategic plan. With the strategic plan in place, it’s time to focus on our plan and these guiding principles to really move forward. 

Reading these new statements, it’s no small secret that networking, education and advocacy are the most important issues to our membership. Every activity of our association will be scrutinized against these policy statements to see how and if we are accomplishing our goals and objectives more efficiently. Our committees will have a very full plate as they begin to craft new programs and initiatives, some of which have already begun. The bottom line will be to hone programs and provide benefits that will continue to enhance value to our membership. 

I am truly excited about this renaissance at AMD. Each subsequent year should bring new programs, ideas and benefits to our members. Every new program won’t be a home run, but base hits will accumulate to score runs for your business and employees. I would like to thank all of those who have worked so hard to get us to the future. It’s finally here!

Association of Millwork Distributors

Our Mission:
• AMD provides leadership, education, promotion, networking and advocacy to, and for, the millwork distribution industry.

We Value:
• Serving a diverse membership and establishing relationships based on trust, integrity and honesty;
• Providing educational tools designed to meet the needs of the entire millwork distribution industry;
• Holding an annual convention promoting unlimited opportunities available for profitability and growth for all of our members;
• Featuring association leadership provided by the millwork industry’s most capable professionals;
• Providing advocacy on issues of concern to our entire constituency regarding compliance with certification, codes and technology; and
• Maintaining excellence in everything we do.

Our Vision Is to:
• Grow AMD membership to reflect ongoing distribution industry changes, representing the way millwork is currently manufactured, assembled and distributed;
• Lead the industry in providing AMD members the opportunity to build strong relationships by learning from each other, sharing their knowledge and expertise in an atmosphere that encourages open dialogue and networking;
• Maintain a highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive association staff;
• Become the industry’s leading authority and advocate on industry issues, standards, trends and resources in the millwork distribution industry;
• Offer cutting-edge educational programs and initiatives to our members for improving their sales and marketing, logistics, operations and overall industry business practices;
• Develop accreditation and certification programs to recognize and accelerate the advanced learning of millwork professionals in our industry;
• Promote the benefits of doing business with AMD members and the consumption of millwork products;
• Continue to modify AMD’s annual convention and meetings in a manner that provides uniqueness and increases benefits to attendees, allowing networking partners to share and exchange developments in the millwork industry; and
• Be regarded as the ultimate resource for networking among members of our association and industry, while encouraging personal relationships through breakout sessions and small group forums. 

Brian P. McIlwee is president of the J. J. McIlwee Co. of Itasca, Ill., and immediate past president of AMD, based in New Port Richey, Fla.


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