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Jamie Hennigan

Timmons: Mark Made Us Better in the Way He Lived Life

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May 4, 2019, Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the passing of Leading Authorities President and CEO Mark French:

“With his unbridled creativity and a relentless entrepreneurial spirit, Mark French made a name for himself as a leader in the association and speaking industries. And with his warmth and generosity, he made friends across this country. I consider myself extraordinarily fortunate to have been counted as one of them.

“Losing Mark is a gut punch. And we send our deepest sympathies to Mark’s wife, Carol, his daughter Lauren, and his son Brian. We’re holding them close, and we take some measure of comfort in knowing that though he has left us, he is now reunited with his daughter Kathleen.

“Mark offered the world so much and had so much left to give. From building Leading Authorities to publishing CEO Update, he dedicated himself to making the association community better and our country stronger. His legacy will be defined in part by the countless leaders who today are better stewards of their organizations and more selfless champions of their causes thanks to Mark’s work.

“Mark made all of us better in the way he lived his life. His resume included everything from founding a successful company to serving on association and hospital boards to notable achievements at national organizations. What he built is impressive, but even more impressive is who he was.

“In what would be his final Facebook post, Mark offered encouraging words for us all: ‘I remain optimistic despite my challenges and I have faith in God. None of us are forever. We must treasure our blessings…. Finally, be optimistic, or at least as optimistic as you can be. Sometimes that can be hard but…optimism will make you a much happier person.’

“It’s hard to be optimistic today. But like so many others, I will do my best to live by my friend’s creed, to be as optimistic as I can be and to treasure the blessing that is having known and learned from the impressive Mark French.”

Governor Greg Abbott Declares Modern Manufacturing Week in Texas

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At the kickoff of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour at the Emerson Innovation Center, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos presented National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) officials with a proclamation declaring Modern Manufacturing Week in Texas. The text of the proclamation can be viewed here:

Throughout history manufacturing has played a significant role in creating the foundation for the American and Texas economies. Due to the efforts of great Texans in that industry, manufacturing continues to make significant contributions to the local, state and national economy, positioning itself as a cornerstone of the Texas economy.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and NAM Board Chair and CEO of Emerson, David Farr receive the proclamation from Texas Sec. of State Rolando Pablos. Photo by David Bohrer

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons (center) and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr (right) receive the proclamation from Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos. Photo by David Bohrer

The growth of the industry continues, and advanced manufacturing provides us with new technologies, innovative products and high-paying jobs for Texans. The impact is broad and the contributions of Texas manufacturing companies can be seen in a variety of sectors. The industry remains steady and accounts for 14.5 percent or $238 billion of our state’s total economic output. Further, Texas-based manufacturing operations employ over 800,000 Texans and allow products made in the Lone Star State to be used around the world.

To continue this great legacy, many Texas manufacturing businesses are working to inspire the next generation of innovators. And modern manufacturing, bolstered by technological progress, is creating pathways for enhancing individual talent and increasing wages in Texas and across the country.

At this time, I encourage all Texans to learn more about the vast career opportunities manufacturing provides and the importance of manufacturing to our everyday lives.

Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim February 22 – March 1, 2017, to be MODERN MANUFACTURING WEEK.