LAS VEGAS — An important change to the National Bulk Vendors Association structure was instituted during its recent executive committee meeting, which took place here in late September.
According to organization officials, the committee approved a proposal to change the constitution and bylaws of the association to reduce the number of directors elected from 39 to 15 (plus the four officers and the immediate past presidents for the two prior years). The move, which was being considered for some time, is intended to streamline the association.
Significant changes to the trade show schedule, adopted last year, were reviewed and approved for the upcoming 2008 convention. Once again, seminars will be split between Thursday and Friday, with the popular video presentation slated for Saturday morning preceding the general meeting and elections.
The coupon book, which provides NBVA members in good standing with discounts from leading suppliers, will continue in 2008 with little change. Plans call for the books to again be distributed at the convention.
Members in good standing will be given the discount coupon books at the convention if they attend; otherwise, the books will be mailed to them.
Committee officials noted that since the association switched to a calendar year from a fiscal year, dues invoices will now mail in early January and must be paid by March 15 for a member to remain in good standing.
If dues are not paid by the convention date, the member will no longer be in good standing and will not receive the coupon book, newsletters, mailings or other benefits.
In other areas, discussion of the proposed CPSC Reform Act currently in the U.S. Senate (see story on P. 85) led the executive committee to organize a lobbying effort on behalf of the industry. The group appointed a team to work with a lobbyist on this legislation, which proposes significant changes in toy safety regulations.
“It was a very productive meeting. The current potential lead legislation dominated a lot of the discussion,” said NBVA president Peter Becker of What’s Up LLC. “And we put together a special team to really handle what the best approach will be to protect our industry.”