WASHINGTON - The day-to-day operations of the Composites Fabricators Association will remain in the hands of an association management firm, following an attempt by the group's former executive vice president to establish the association as an independent entity. On May 18, the CFA board of directors voted to continue its management arrangement with Washington-based Association Management Group, a company that has provided office space, support and some staffing for the association since 1982.
CFA, with annual revenues of $1.5 million, has 700 company members in seven divisions: architecture, custom molding, corrosion, marine, transportation, bath (formerly tub and spa), and cast polymer. A sports and leisure division is being formed.
The board rejected an offer by Robert Lederer Jr., CFA's former executive director, to assume management control of the association independent from AMG, according to AMG President Charles D. Rumbarger. Rumbarger said Lederer had been assigned by AMG to spend 18 percent of his time operating CFA.
Lederer left AMG on Feb. 28, then ``made an effort to start his own firm.'' One of that firm's proposals was that CFA leave the management umbrella of AMG. Rumbarger declined to elaborate on the reasons for Lederer's departure from AMG.
The CFA board instead elevated Missy Hendrickson, then the association's full-time deputy executive director, to Lederer's former position.
Gerald Bender, CFA's 1995 president and corporate vice president of Molded Fiber Glass Co. of Ashtabula, Ohio, said Lederer ``left of his own accord.''
``He was a real asset to the group. He was there during a period of significant growth, but his leaving had no impact on the staff.''
Attempts to reach Lederer were unsuccessful.