ABMA Emerging Leaders Host First Happy Hour

Sat June 19, 2021

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ABMA Emerging Leaders hosted its inaugural happy hour on June 15, 2021. The group had a vibrant event punctuated by an entertaining storytime kickoff and then entered into a very interesting discussion on workplace demographics and other future educational topics for the group.

ABMA Emerging Leaders President Kevin White said “The hour went by so fast and it was really awesome to see everyone jump right in and have a deep and serious discussion about workplace demographics. It was apparent that everyone in the group is committed to their organizations and the overall health of the industry, so to approach the issue from the ‘How Can We Help’ side of the equation was so refreshing.”

Out of this conversation was a charge to the ABMA Emerging Leaders Board to work within the ABMA structure to allow all of the ABMA members to have a conduit for better information and training about the issues of workplace demographics in order to make brush industry jobs more attractive from a talent recruitment standpoint. This is especially important in the current environment wherein the industry is on the upswing and finding, recruiting and retaining talent is especially critical.

The question was posed from this discussion on how we can tailor our September “back to school” education event into the larger conversation of the labor force, leadership, and how we can properly integrate ourselves into the rapidly developing manufacturing world. A seminar on automation was proposed, which if approved, will revolve around how to properly use automation as a long-term resource as opposed to a short-term solution.

The hope is that this educational seminar paired with a discussion on employee cultures and mindsets will lead to a larger discussion between current leadership within ABMA and current Emerging Leaders members.

ABMA Emerging Leaders meets virtually on a quarterly basis and plans its first in person event as a part of the ABMA Annual Convention March 2-5, 2022. More information is available at http://www.abma.org/abmaemergingleaders

A brief survey is available to assist with planning future happy hours to enable additional participation. This survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JZS5JG8

ABMA Emerging Leaders is a a peer networking and leadership group whose aim is to connect young industry professionals to further develop their interests, expertise and leadership in the industry.

This group is open to anyone 45 years old or younger who is actively engaged within the broom, brush, roller, mop, paint industry, whose organization is an ABMA member.

This group offers professional development workshops, seminars, webinars, and complimentary networking events and opportunities.

For information about being a part of ABMA Emerging Leaders please visit: