Volume 8, Issue 3, May-June 2004
New Legislative Consultant for IWFA
The International Window Film Association (IWFA) has added Lynwood Butner to its legislative consulting team. Butner is working with Col. Robert Suthard to learn the specific legislative obstacles facing the industry nationwide before Suthard retires at the end of the year. Suthard has worked on behalf of the IWFA for more than 10 years.
“We’re very excited about having Lynwood Butner, with his credentials and his attitude,” said Darrell Smith, IWFA executive director. “Even if he does the job as well or better than Bob Suthard, Bob Suthard will be missed.”
Butner has worked in the Virginia state government for 35 years, first as a state traffic engineer for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), then five years as the deputy commissioner of motor vehicles. With both VDOT and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Butner dealt with the state legislature and federal agencies on issues related to traffic safety and operations.
When he retired in 2003, Suthard approached him about working with the IWFA.
“[He] was concerned and has great respect for the window film industry,” Butner said of Suthard. “He wanted to make sure there was continuity.”
With many years representing VDOT in the general assembly, Butner picked up the background for doing legislative work, a skill he uses regularly both for the IWFA and as vice president of Easter Associates, a government relations and lobbying group handling association management for industries in Virginia. Suthard sees Butner’s previous lobbying experience as helpful.
“He’s one of the more experienced people in legislature of anyone I know,” said Suthard. “He’ll be great for the IWFA and AIMCAL.”
While Butner acknowledges that the association has been successful in addressing legislation once it is up for consideration by states, the IWFA is also launching a proactive stance to deal with legislation that may be harmful to the industry.
“There are states that put in legislation every year that we have to put time and effort in to make sure they don't hurt our members in those particular states,” said Butner. “Our goal over the next year and beyond is to be more proactive, to work with states prior to legislation going to the general assembly.”
Such an effort is exemplary of Suthard’s confidence in Butner.
“What he’s doing now makes it easy for me because he takes the initiative,” said Suthard.
Working with Suthard is making the transition easy for Butner.
“He is, quite candidly, one of my mentors,” Butner, who has worked with Suthard in other capacities for more than 20 years. “There’s no one I respect more than Col. Suthard.”
It is a sentiment echoed by others.
“While he’s extremely charming and endearing, a true southern gentleman, at the same time, it’s very clear that he’s respected as being both knowledgeable and persuasive in the enforcement and inspection communities as well as the political arenas,” said Smith. “Bob’s a super guy.”
FTI Names New President
Film Technologies International Inc. (FTI) of St. Petersburg, Fla., has announced that David Fletcher has joined the company as president and member of the board of directors. He will replace Don Wheeler who is retiring from the position of president, but who will remain chairperson of the board, concentrating on strategic matters, according to the company.
Fletcher brings to the company more than 25 years of experience in coating, laminating and metallizing of thin films and papers.
Prior to joining FTI, Fletcher served as president of Bekaert Specialty Films. Additionally,
he has previously served as president of the Association of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators.
WF Editor Married in April
Former Window Film editor Penny Beverage wed Bron Stacey on April 3, 2004 in Fredericksburg, Va. The nuptials took place at Fredericksburg Church of Christ in Fredericksburg, Va., in front of family and friends and the newlyweds honeymooned in Mexico. Penny has stepped down from her position as editor of the magazine but will remain on the staff as a contributing editor.
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