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Office Receives Visitors

The USITT staff had a very pleasant surprise in early May when Mark McKinney, vice president of sales of Lex Products, Inc., decided to drop in for a visit. Although Mr. McKinney declined the offer of refreshments, available to any member who stops in to say hello, it was great to see him and give him a tour of the offices, which are part of the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, New York.

Members of the Archive Committee took advantage of lovely spring weather to visit the office, too. Since Rick Stephens has been known to make remarks about the levels of snow when he visits during the winter, it was great to provide him with sunny skies and newly expanded space for his activities recording the history of USITT. Other members of the “archiving with Rick” crew were Lea Asbell-Swanger and Bill Browning.

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Professional Development for Staff

Michelle L. Smith, Membership & Ad Sales Manager, and Barbara E.R. Lucas, PR & Marketing Manager, were able to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the 2009 Marketing & Membership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland offered by ASAE & The Center. Both came back energized by learning of new ideas and finding that USITT has already implemented best practices and recommended strategies in many areas.

Also keeping up on best practices for non-profits was Carol B. Carrigan, Administrative & Finance Manager, who spent several days in Washington, D.C. attending the 2009 Finance & Business Operations Symposium, also offered by ASAE. The program, for seasoned financial and operational professionals, included tools for evaluating current practices and ideas for new initiatives.

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BMI Supply Selected as 3M Distributor

BMI Supply has been selected as a specialty distributor for 3M Bonding Products. 3M's broad line of adhesives offer superior strength, durability, and reliability for scenic and prop construction. BMI Supply is proud to include this premier brand alongside its diverse range of scenic paints, coatings, glues, artist materials, and more. Initial stock will include the popular Fastbond 30NF "Green" Glue, Super 77 Spray Adhesive, #78 Foam Spray Adhesive, #90 High Strength Spray Adhesive, and indispensible 5-way Penetrating Lubricant. BMI Supply has offices in New York and South Carolina.

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