Western Canvas Products Association

Dear Members of the WCPA:

  • 20 Jan 2009 9:57 PM
    Message # 86020

    Dear Members of the WCPA:


    I cannot believe that another year has gone by and I am once again writing about the state of our association. I am very proud to report that the WCPA is very sound and getting stronger. Already this year, our membership is up and continuing to climb. We are constantly figuring out ways to provide more benefits to you, the members. Our goal is to continue to provide as much value as possible, so that we are constantly viewed as a leader in the industry.


    For the first time, we experienced the off year of our conference schedule. Even though we did not have a conference this year our association was full of exciting programs and activities. The year brought us both educational activities as well as social gatherings.


    The Northern region had baseball in Seattle that was very well attended. Almost 70 people gathered to see the Mariners take on the Kansas City Royals. The evening provided for a night of good fun, good food and a chance to root for the home team.


    In December, the Central region hosted a gala evening to honor one of our very own, Bob Cole from Goodwin Cole in Sacramento, CA. Approximately 70 people from all over the country took the time to attend this spectacular evening as the WCPA presented Bob with an honored life membership. As most of you are aware, Bob’s contributions to our association as well as to our industry are too numerous to list. It would take the entire directory to do him justice; therefore, lets just say that the industry we love and work in today was shaped in part by the tremendous efforts of our own Bob Cole. We congratulate both Bob and his lovely wife Billie for the many years of tireless service to our association and our industry.


    In February, the Southern region in cooperation with the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) held a sales workshop at Eide Industries. Together both the WCPA and PAMA filled the house as PAMA put on an exceptional workshop highlighting the many aspects of the sales cycle to the large crowd that attended. This was both an opportunity to learn and to network with all of the people that traveled from all over the country to attend this worthwhile program. The evening prior to the workshop the WCPA hosted a fantastic cocktail reception for all of our friends on the PAMA Board. The views were unbelievable as both groups got to know each other while the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. This was the WCPA’s token way of thanking the PAMA Board for all of the hard work and good they have done for our industry. We look forward to more programs like this in the future.


    I would be remiss if I did not extend our heart-felt prayers to both our servicemen and women stationed around the world as well as the victims and families that were affected by the terrible tsunami. As a global community we must do our part to make the times we live in peaceful and safe and never forget about the future.


    In closing, I would like to encourage and invite all of you to participate in our upcoming conference scheduled for March 16 –18, 2006 in Seattle. This conference will be better than ever! Our schedule includes great speakers, roundtables and other activities to make this conference one to remember.


    I hope to personally meet all of you during the year at our up coming events and conference.




    Howard Goldstein

    President, WCPA - 2005


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