January/February 2004

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New Year's Resolutions
The Probability of Their Success

by Rosalie Leone

Out with the old and in with the new.” It is that time of year again—the time when you make a New Year’s resolution. Usually the resolution is a personal one—lose weight, start exercising or spend more time with your children. 

I have made a few New Year’s Resolutions myself, including some professional ones, which I would like to share with you.

This is the first year of the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD). Over the past 40 years, many of you knew us as the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association (NSDJA). AMD will reflect a new vision for our association that is more inclusive of the entire millwork industry and is designed to increase the understanding of what the association has to offer the millwork industry.

The AMD board of directors and members of the strategic planning committee are gathering in February 2004 to set the future direction of AMD. This diverse group will confront many of the questions that have concerned AMD members for some time now.

In moving the association ahead into the future, the group will embrace the five W’s: who, what, where, when and why. Defining specifically, who we are, where we want to go, when and how are we going to get there; why it is imperative to implement a strategic plan initiative, and most importantly (and the most exciting aspect), what we want our association to be in representing the millwork industry now and in the future.

AMD is a unique organization, representing the millwork industry, providing information and resources to several categories of membership: distributors, manufacturers and manufacturer representatives. To some, the proposed questions may seem simple and straightforward; yet to others the answers to these issues are a bit more complicated. 

Day by day, one day at a time, the 40-year association was built upon the member’s commitment and involvement in the association. The professional New Year’s resolutions to which I have committed myself are making the future of the AMD successful by listening attentively to the membership, taking actions that are in the best interest of the AMD and doing it day by day, one day at a time.

If you would like to share your opinion on the future direction of the AMD, please email your view point to I look forward to hearing from you.

To all, I wish a healthy and prosperous 2004. Happy New Year!


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