Tuesday, January 10, 2017

NOMMA Board of Directors Slate for 2017

NOMMA Board of Directors Slate for 2017

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Allyn Moseley, is pleased to announce the following slate of officers and directors for 2017:

Proposed 2017 Slate
President — Cathy Vequist, Pinpoint Solutions, Jupiter, FL *
President-Elect — Max Hains, MOFAB Inc., Anderson, IN
Vice-President/Treasurer —Maciej Jankowski, Artistic Iron Works, Norwalk CT
Fabricator Director (3-yr. term) — Jonathan Falk, Living Designs Studios, Lafayette, CO
Fabricator Director (3-yr. term) — Roger Carlsen, Ephraim Forge Inc., Frankfort, IL
Supplier Director (3-yr. term)  Dave Filippi, FabCAD Inc., White Stone, VA

Remaining Board Members
Fabricator Director (2 yrs. remaining) — Mike Kinnikin, Eureka Forge, Pacific, MO
Fabricator Director (2 yrs. remaining) — Chris Holt, Steel Welding, Freedom, PA
Fabricator Director (2 yrs. remaining) — Marco Vasquez, Vasquez Custom Metals Inc., Tampa, FL
Fabricator Director (1 yr. remaining) — Tony Martinez, Big D Metalworks, Dallas, TX
Supplier Director (1 yr. remaining) — Stacey Lawler Taylor, Lawler Foundry Corp., Birmingham, AL
Supplier Director (2 yrs. remaining)  Jay Shah, Architectural Iron Designs Inc., Plainfield, NJ
Immediate Past President (1 yr. remaining) — Keith Majka, Majka Railing Co. Inc., Paterson, NJ

Retiring Board Members
A “thank you” goes to the following retiring board members for their service on the board:

Fabricator Director Greg Bailey, Bailey Metal Fabricators, Mitchell, SD
Supplier Director — Bill Schenke, Ameristar, Tulsa, OK
Immediate Past President — Allyn Moseley, Heirloom Stair & Iron, Campobello, SC

 * The president-elect automatically advances to president.

A thanks to the 2017 Nominating Committee: Allyn Moseley, chair; Keith Majka; Stacey Lawler Taylor; Max Hains; Mark Koenke; and Todd Daniel, secretariat.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Membership Chair Announced

David Busarello is the new chair of NOMMA’s Membership Development Committee, and will serve during the 2016-17 year. The announcement was made by NOMMA president Keith Majka.

“David is one of our top member recruiters and a super enthusiastic member,” said Keith Majka. “Better yet, he has experience serving with other nonprofit organizations, which he will bring to NOMMA.”

David is the owner of Bridgeton Drafting Company (BDC) in Franklinville, NJ. He started his career as a teenager in his father’s sheet metal shop. He has been in the steel business since 1978, working for a mid-sized structural fabricator and a small miscellaneous shop, before buying BDC in 2000. David is a member of the AISC & NISD in addition to NOMMA. He also serves on NOMMA’s Technical and Accreditation committees. In addition, he has written articles for O&MM Fabricator magazine.

David has served on numerous public and non-profit boards, including five years as president of a large animal shelter and membership director for the NJ Knights of Columbus. David, his wife Mary Ellen, and their two children are active in their community, serving on the school board, PTA, and scouting.

In his new role, David will chair one of NOMMA’s most important committees. In his post, he will not only lead membership efforts, but he will serve as a cheerleader and coach for NOMMA’s member-get-a-member campaign.

Monday, May 23, 2016


Plano, Texas (May 23, 2016) - Tony Thornton, CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD, Executive Director of American Fence Association (AFA), and Todd Daniel, CAE, Executive Director of National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA), recently announced plans to co-locate FENCETECH and METALfab at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, February 1 – 5, 2017.

“AFA is proud to announce the partnership with NOMMA to co-locate the two shows,” Thornton announced. “The FENCETECH and METALfab shows will allow attendees from all over the country to discover the industry’s best products, services and professional development and offer an opportunity to celebrate all this great industry has to offer in an environment conducive to collaboration and community.”

“We are excited about co-locating with FENCETECH and working with AFA. This agreement is the result of several years of discussions and I’m delighted to see this vision becoming a reality,” said Todd Daniel. “Both of our organizations have great strengths, and by combining our annual shows we can now expose our attendees to more products, services, and new ideas.”

FENCETECH is the largest gathering in the fence industry, and METALfab is NOMMA’s premier event for ornamental and miscellaneous metals professionals. Co-locating these trade shows will provide immeasurable benefits to attendees, exhibitors and association members in the fencing and metals industries. “We’re trying to look at what’s best for the industry,” said Thornton, “and create an offering where we can show more aspects of the fence and metals industry under one roof so attendees can come and go between the two.” Together, these high-profile events will be a one-stop shop for decision makers and place them on the frontline of the latest products and services in the fencing and metals industries.

Thornton and Daniel have a long-standing partnership. The two associations have always been closely affiliated and have often collaborated on industry issues in an effort to strengthen the industry. For additional information on next year’s FENCETECH and METALfab, please visit www.fencetech.com and www.nomma.org .

About AFA
The American Fence Association has been serving the fence industry since 1962. AFA is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry for the latest developments, tools, materials, standards, trends and discounts.
With 25 member chapters serving the association, AFA offers educational and certification options, along with providing networking opportunities to keep its members above and beyond their competition. AFA also reaches out to members from over 18 foreign countries. The Vinyl Manufacturers Association (VMA) is a division of the American Fence Association that meets the needs of vinyl fence and railing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators and installers. Invest in the success of your business by becoming a member of the American Fence Association. AFA members invest in their success by putting their customers' satisfaction first and foremost by dedicating themselves to completing the highest quality projects that meet local, state and national standards, while still maintaining aesthetic appeal. AFA membership garners you the prestige that comes with associating with the industry's best contractors and manufacturers. For more information, visit www.americanfenceassociation.com.


The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. Today we have 550  members across the U.S. and in over a dozen foreign countries. Our members produce the full spectrum of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel. For more information, visit www.nomma.org .

Thursday, April 7, 2016

NOMMA Launches Career Center

National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association Launches Enhanced Career

RELEASE DATE: April 7, 2016
Lawrenceville, GA – The National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association today announced the launch of the NOMMA Career Center, a new career center that connects metalworking professionals across all disciplines and career stages with employers offering career opportunities. The NOMMA Career Center is powered by YourMembership, the leading provider of job websites and career centers for organizations that serve specialized members. “Providing our members with opportunities for professional development and career growth are core to our mission to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals profession,” said Maciej Jankowski, head of NOMMA’s Career Center Task Force. “Our members are highly appealing to employers because they’ve demonstrated a commitment to the highest levels integrity and training. YourMembership’s technology and sales support will ensure that our website serves our members by providing a clear connection with industry organizations that value and seek the skills, expertise, certifications and training they have to offer.” In addition to serving as a robust source of up to thousands of job opportunities, the NOMMA Career Center will be set apart by a number of benefits it offers to industry professionals and employers, including:

• The ability for craftspersons to post anonymous resumes, allowing them to be recruited while remaining in complete control over which employers view their complete information.

• A variety of options for employers to expose jobs to passive job-seeking industry professionals who do not visit job boards, including Job Flash emails to NOMMA’s registered job seekers.

• Integration of job content into social media channels to engage industry professionals and provide valuable job exposure to NOMMA’s audiences and relevant users of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social channels.

• Extensive employment brand advertising opportunities for employers.

• A mobile-responsive environment to ensure job seekers have an optimal experience, regardless of device being used.

• The ability for industry professionals to be alerted every time a new job becomes available that matches their personal goals and interests.

• Integration of career resources, training and other benefits offered by NOMMA to members.

• The ability for job seekers and employers to gain exposure throughout YourMembership’s network of nearly 2,500 niche Career Centers.

“NOMMA is a world-class organization whose members are an integral part of the country’s ornamental and miscellaneous metalworking industry,” said Tristan Jordan, SVP and General Manager, Revenue Solutions. “The NOMMA Career Center is an innovative gateway that matches the right employers with the right fabricator talent to help keep metalworking companies well-staffed, and fabrication professionals’ careers moving along a professional path that meets their goals.”

For more information, please visit the NOMMA Career Center

NOMMA, headquartered in Lawrenceville, GA, was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental and miscellaneous metals industry. NOMMA’s 520 members produce a wide range of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel. NOMMA provides a variety of educational services to the industry, including an annual trade show and education conference, glossy trade magazine, continuing education classes, technical bulletins, and more.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Value of Membership

Note: Mark O'Malley is a long-time member of NOMMA's Membership Committee and has won several awards for his work in membership development and education.

In the past I have been on committees that  had the task of calling NOMMA members that had let their membership lapse  and sometimes a response was it was not a good fit or I did not get out of it what I thought.  I wish that I would have had better responses for these people  . In my recent drive home from the Metal fab Convention I started thinking of certain bullet points that may help current members to put a value on their NOMMA Membership and to help promote the value of membership to new potential members

1) you can view membership as a $400.00+- magazine subscription  and all you will get out of it is what you elect to read in the magazine  This is your choice , however I choose to get involved and seek out more value

2) by being active in list serve I can ask specific questions , whether business or technical and get a variety of answers
    My non member competition may drive by my shop and see 5-6 cars parked in the lot and think of a small staff  . what he does not see is that I have a "consulting Staff" of about 500 of my NOMMA brothers and sisters that will help me get out of a jamb either by personal phone call or list serve access . the cost of this is the time it takes to ask the question

3) by attending Metal fab  I have met , face to face with the national representatives of many suppliers . I cannot think of a time where I did not leave that meeting with out a business card with direct lines / email addresses etc.,  when I need help I can contact them direct.
    if my non member competition either places an order online or thru the order desk  and is told a part is out of stock he is stuck .  How many times has Cathy from King , or Steve from Wagner or Gina Pietrocola , or Jay Shah or many others done some research and responded to list serve that have found parts that were thought to be out of stock. or has a fellow fabricator had the components needed and helped out

4) My NOMMA membership has helped me balance the fact that I am a metal fabricator  doing business and that I am a business man doing metal fabrication , there is a difference and I did not know that.   I can be the finest craftsman , building the ultimate stairs , rails etc.  and that is great , however if I can not do that for a profit  I will not be around long . Same thing I may be a great bean counter , pencil pusher ,but if  I cant  learn or surround myself with the proper tools and techniques and people to produce a product I wont be around either
Since joining NOMMA I have learned immensely from the finest metal working craftsmen and artists around to further my craft however I have learned as much from someone who has never lit a torch or struck an arc  how to make a profit . I just spent three days in a class learning to make my business appealing and fun for my employees , if I can pull that off , I would not be able to mathematically put a value on it.

5) in attending  my first Metal fab I was introduced to people and products that I never knew existed.  I bought Dave Filippi's Fab cad software before I owned a computer because by seeing it work live I knew that is one thing I need to get ahead . he worked with me and coached me to making it a valuable tool at my disposal.  I remember sitting in on education sessions and being blown away by the knowledge in attendance and how much was shared . I saw a demo by Jerry Grice  , and coming from strictly a fabricating back ground , that was the first taste of Black smithing that I saw. Again , Priceless

6) I have met some of my best friends thru NOMMA .  Lisa & I met Carl & Marti Grainger at the convention in Covington Kentucky , I think in 2003 . as it turns out we were about the same age , like minded and striving for the same goals , going across the same obstacles . we talk as often as needed some times weekly , sometimes not for 3-4 months at a time , but the calls usually are to pick the brain of someone you trust and has been thru what you are going thru. The Grainger's are from South Carolina , and we are from Illinois ,  I cannot stress how much easier it is to bounce an idea off someone that is 1000 miles away as it would be to ask that same question to a shop down the street . We have more recently befriended the Kinnikin's and the Oleseng's  which is great to see the next generation with the same goals and aspirations as I had years ago and still do today. There are so many others , that I cannot begin to name that I proudly call friends , and or family that I  would not have met if not for getting involved with NOMMA
Again the contacts that I have met by getting involved and attending Metal fab are priceless , whether I contact them personally or by listserve

7) As I became a board member  I found myself in a room with about 10-12 smart people and me , the topics that they were talking about , and the solutions to the problems were over my head , but by becoming involved and getting on the board I learned more about business than I ever would have.  again priceless

8) getting involved in the chapter has brought me more in contact with my regional members , the networking , and education opportunities  again , priceless getting help from and / or providing help for a near by member is like adding to your staff / product line 

9) I have attended 15+ Metal fab conventions  and have taken home from the convention FAR more than the cost of attending every year. I do not consider the week or so away from the shop , the cost of travel , lodging and registration as an expense ,  more as an investment , because if I attend , and get  INVOLVED , my ROI will be immediate and substantial.  The initial cost of attending is figured into my operating budget , not an after thought where it may seem that the timing is never quite right , make it right , a priority,  and you will not be disappointed .  A chance encounter in a hallway or a bar may be as helpful as sitting in a class , but it takes your involvement of these classes , or meetings to make it work

10) the access to code and technical questions and answered is awesome . I have been involved with building inspectors that I have countered some of there decisions , proved I was right and saved myself potentially thousands in rework . I have gained respect from these inspectors and they now refer customers to me because they know the job will  be done right.  NOMMA gave me credibility with the inspectors.

There are probably hundreds of more points , and I would love to hear them to help remind me of more value

The value of a NOMMA membership is there , how much value is up to you, get involved , ask & answer questions , attend chapter meetings , use listserve attend Metal fab  and  I will promise you  that you will not be disappointed

O'Malley Welding & Fabricating Service Inc.

Mark O'Malley