OFDA February 2018 Update

 Association News

 



2018 Dealers' Choice Survey - Submit Your Responses Today! 

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Dealers’ Choice awards are based on a structured dealer participative-poll measuring six functional areas of manufacturer performance for a diverse cross-section of dealers throughout North America. The award program recognizes those manufacturers delivering the most consistent and effective overall support to dealers in each of following categories:

  • Casegoods
  • Filing
  • Seating
  • Storage
  • Tables
  • Workstations/Systems

To submit your responses today, click here! The survey is open to all office furniture dealers, both OFDA members and non-members. Share this survey with other furniture dealers you work with to provide more robust results.

For more information on OFDA's surveys and benchmarking, click here.

 


2018-2019 Scholarship Application - Just a few days left!
  

Deadline: March 1, 2018 

Here at OFDA, we encoruage our members and their families to apply for a scholarship. With financial assistance through OFDA, you can reduce your financial burden that comes with furthering your education. For more than 50 years, OFDA has provided financial relief to many affiliates of the association, awarding more than $2.5 million dollars.

Any person who is an employee or related to an employee of an association member firm may apply. Membership status will be verified. Candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they would use the scholarship. Candidates must have an academic record sufficient to be accepted by an accredited college, junior college or technical institute. Students already in college or graduate school may also apply.

Don't miss out on this opportunity! The deadline to submit an application is March 1, 2018. For more information, to download a copy of the application, and to view past recipients, click here.

Opening in January, the Dealers’ Choice are based on a structured dealer participative-poll measuring six functional areas of manufacturer performance for a diverse cross-section of dealers throughout North America. The award program recognizes those manufacturers delivering the most consistent and effective overall support to dealers in each of following categories:

  • Casegoods
  • Filing
  • Seating
  • Storage
  • Tables
  • Workstations/Systems

For more information on OFDA's surveys and benchmarking, click here.

 

2018-2019 Scholarship Application - Submit Your Application Today
 

Here at OFDA, we encoruage our members and their families to apply for a scholarship. With financial assistance through OFDA, you can reduce your financial burden that comes with furthering your education. For more than 50 years, OFDA has provided financial relief to many affiliates of the association, awarding more than $2.5 million dollars.

Any person who is an employee or related to an employee of an association member firm may apply. Membership status will be verified. Candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they would use the scholarship. Candidates must have an academic record sufficient to be accepted by an accredited college, junior college or technical institute. Students already in college or graduate school may also apply.

Don't miss out on this opportunity! For more information, to download a copy of the application, and to view past recipients, click here.

 


It's Time to Renew Your Membership for 2018
 

Your support as a valued member has led to a very successful year. From November when OFDA held our board retreat and strategic planning session with key leaders in the industry, to June where OFDA exhibited at NeoCon, we could not have done it without your support. 

This year, OFDA exhibited at one of the largest industry events, NeoCon. In May, OFDA hosted a rewarding Small Business Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, DC, where members met with legislators to lobby for your business. And who can forget about the 34 college students who were awarded scholarships this year, out of the 58 that were received. 

We need your commitment to continue on the path to success. You should have received an email regarding your 2018 annual dues. If you have any questions regarding your membership or payment please contact Jason Dumm, OFDA Financial Coordinator, by email or phone at (410) 931-8100.

 

2018 Membership - Renewal period is ending!
 

The renewal period for your OFDA membership ends March 1, 2018. Don't miss out on the benefits you receive as a valued OFDA member, renew today!

As an OFDA member, you can:
Have OFDA represent your business to help level the playing field and learn how to compete with Amazon
Get exposure on the OFDA website through our Independent Dealer Locator
Access benchmarking data from our surveys and reports
Benefit from new federal government opportunities, such as the reopening of Schedule 75
Apply for annual scholarships, eligible to OFDA members and their immediate family
Stay informed with the latest industry knowledge and news our website and through OFDA’s monthly publications.

We need your committment to continue on the path to success. If you have any questions regarding your membership or payment, please contact Jason Dumm, OFDA Financial Coordinator, by email or phone at (410) 931-8100.

 

Get Involved - Join a Committee
 

Take an active role in OFDA. Are you passionate about advancing a robust, coordinated focus on OFDA’s vision and mission? Do you have a desire to contribute your skills to help OFDA in reaching its strategic goals? OFDA is currently calling for committee members. Previous board or committee experience is not a prerequisite. There are several committees to choose from with varying responsibilities. 

Join the following committees:

  • Advocacy
  • Benchmarking
  • OFDA XML
  • Scholarship

If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact OFDA headquarters.

 
 

Member Benefit: Advocacy 

Advocacy Campaigns through VoterVoice Program: VoterVoice is a simple, easy-to-use email and print mail tool that allows OFDA members to contact their congressional representatives regarding the effects that new rules and laws have on independent dealer businesses. Your voice is important whether at the federal, state or local level. With the push of a button your voice can be heard! 

Select this link to view the open campaigns and scorecards.

 Industry News


The articles below are highlights from this month’s news. Check out more industry news on the NOPA website.

Updated product lines drive Haworth sales

New workplace trends helped boost sales for US office furniture maker Haworth.

Last year, the Michigan-based group unveiled a number of updated product ranges and refreshed its global showrooms to focus on health and well-being. It went on to win several prestigious awards for its new lines and was granted WELL Certification for its Los Angeles showroom by the International WELL Building Institute. 

Click here to view full article.

 


NeoCon 50 Announces Marquee Presentations

Plans are well underway for the milestone 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry, June 11-13, at The Mart in Chicago. A banner lineup of programming is on tap from some of the preeminent, influential names in design and beyond. 

The show will feature two marquee presentations on opening day: to kick off the show there will be a presentation led by Gensler Founder, Art Gensler, in conversation with IIDA’s Cheryl Durst, then in the afternoon there will be a panel led by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen. There will also be indepth talks from Editor-in-Chief of Wired, Nick Thompson, as well as Founder and Design Principal of Ross Barney Architects, Carol Ross Barney. The program is rounded out by over 100 CEU seminars, which will inform and offer a glimpse of what’s next on the horizon in the world of commercial design. 

 

SHARE YOUR NEWS WITH US!

If your company has news to share with NOPA membership in an upcoming e-newsletter, please email NOPA Association Coordinator, Addie Blevins. Information must be news- or event-based versus sales-related. The alliance reserves the right to print information based on our internal publication standards. Thank you for your membership in the National Office Products Alliance.

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