Volume XXI No. 1 • www.spesa.org • January 20, 2011
Frank Henderson Was SPESA's Leader With Vision
Beginning in March 2007 and for the next 3-1/2 years Frank Henderson served SPESA as its Board Chairman. During his tenure he made sure it was a period filled with collaboration, cooperation, and communication – his ‘3Cs’.
As he noted in his 2007 acceptance speech; “Change is a constant, especially within the sewn products industry, and that change still exists today just as it did then.”
Frank – always forward-looking and optimistic – is one who is willing to evolve into the new global economy and has a noticeable passion for the sewn products industry. He seems to have a knack to stay one step ahead of the changing times and with his flexible business style actually embraces change.
Making Things Happen
In early 2007 Frank had a vision that SPESA would practice the ‘3Cs’ – a reference to other associations and trade groups. Under Frank’s leadership SPESA developed a plan to make something happen.
Under Frank's leadership we organized a successful SPESA EXPO 2007 in Miami with Material World as our co-location partner and formed a SPESA EXPO Exploratory Committee after the conclusion of SPESA EXPO 2007 to determine the future of SPESA EXPO.
The SPESA Board of Directors voted to retain ownership of SPESA EXPO and began the planning process for SPESA EXPO 2010 that would co-locate with Messe Frankfurt’s Techtextil North America and the American Textile Machinery Association’s ATME-I/Megatex. Associations from around the world congratulated SPESA on leading the way and charting the new direction of co-located and consolidated trade shows. The co-location with Messe Frankfurt and ATME-I helped ensure a very successful SPESA EXPO in Atlanta.
Changing and Adapting New Strategies to Succeed
One attribute of those who succeed during difficult times is their firm grasp of the changes going on around them, and that requires unconventional wisdom. The trick to succeeding is to make sure we have a grasp of the changes and the wisdom to deal with them.
After lengthy negotiations with Messe Frankfurt, the SPESA Board of Directors met and voted unanimously to accept Messe Frankfurt’s proposal regarding a new show – Texprocess Americas – that will be co-produced by SPESA and Messe Frankfurt beginning in 2012 in Atlanta. SPESA EXPO will be folded into Texprocess Americas. This was a decision that will positively impact SPESA and our industry for years to come. SPESA again led the way in charting a new trade show direction.
In his closing speech at SPESA’s Annual Meeting, Frank said; “I am truly a lucky man, because I have had the opportunity to live out my dreams, in great measure, because of the things I have been taught by all sorts of extraordinary persons along the way. Each of you is one of those extraordinary persons.”
I contend that SPESA was the lucky one… lucky to have had Frank Henderson as our Chairman for 3-1/2 years. SPESA is also lucky that Frank will continue to serve on SPESA’s Board of Directors.
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The New Face of Universal
SPESA member Universal Sewing Machine Co. of Miami, Florida, proudly displays its new artistic façade as a tribute to Art Basel Miami. The international art show was held in Miami December 2nd through the 5th, 2010. Universal and its sister company Unicraft Corporation, are located in the Wynwood Art District, at the epicenter of the preeminent annual show.
Universal participated with its own wall art which was created by six talented Los Angeles–based artists during the four days of the Miami exhibition. Their work on the walls of Universal and Unicraft received enthusiastic praise from visitors and cognoscenti, and received critical acclaim from the media.
Who says art and sewing machines don't mix?
For more information on art or sewing machines, and to receive free wall art photos, contact Martin Gopman at 305-576-0400 or email Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment &
Suppliers of the Americas) is an industry association
for suppliers to the sewn products industry that includes apparel,
upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather
goods, footwear, and industrial textiles.