Today, the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) awarded the annual CMA Leadership Award to Edward Youdell, President and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International.
Ed received the award for his vision and drive of the inaugural 2012 Manufacturing Day. The very first Manufacturing Day took place on October 5, 2012 when manufacturers opened their doors to students and educators to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers. Ed was instrumental in making sure the national event was a huge success.
“I am humbled that an idea which started as what seemed like a bit of a pipe dream about how to bolster the image of manufacturing in America and draw attention to its great career opportunities led to this recognition,” said Youdell. “The event will continue to grow and prosper because of the dozens of organizations that now support it and the hundreds of participating companies.”
The Leadership Award was unveiled by the CMA Board of Directors in 2001 and is given annually to the chief staff officer who has done the most to further the CMA’s mission. The recipient is selected by the Chairman of the Council and is honored at the annual Winter Leadership Conference. The success of an association depends largely on the involvement of its members and we’re even more grateful to those members who take a leadership role in the CMA.
The CMA Winter Leadership Conference took place in Annapolis, Maryland on January 18 – 19, 2013. Check out photos from the event here and follow the conversation at #NAMCMA.