INDIANAPOLIS - The Society of Plastics Engineers is, at its heart, a social organization, and one that should be open to a wide-ranging membership, said new SPE President Jay L. Gardiner. ``SPE is truly the people of the plastics industry,'' Gardiner said in a speech May 6, the first day of SPE's Annual Technical Conference in Indianapolis.
``We always kid ourselves about the golf outings and about the dinner dances, but that's very important,'' Gardiner said. ``Sure it's important to be the leading technical society, and we are, and we'll strive to be better. But it's most important that we all sit around and be friends and know each other. That's how we're really going to learn.''
Gardiner is president of Gardiner Plastics Inc., a plastics trading company in Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Gardiner's comments came as SPE leaders continue to focus on the Leadership 2000 program. Many of his goals include planks of Lead-ership 2000:
Increase diversity of members. ``We want to remove the barriers to membership to nontraditional members,'' he said.
Work to define sources of income and move SPE management away from its ``budget-driven'' approach. ``The new SPE says, `We want to go down the road to get something accomplished; let's find the money to do it,' '' he said.
Begin to publish technical journals for four SPE divisions by 1998.
Continue to boost international membership. One new section is being formed in Brazil.
Other officers for the term of 1996-1997 were named May 6:
President-elect, Norman E. Fowler, manager at the Applied Engineering and Technology Cen-ter for Xerox Corp. in Webster, N.Y.
First vice president, Norman S. Behn, president of Alltech Sales Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind.
Second vice president, William A. Humphrey, president of R.C. Molding Inc. of Greer, S.C.
Vice president, international, A. Nelson Wright of Synergistics Industries Ltd. of St. Remi, Quebec.
Treasurer, James H. Brackeen, northeast sales manager of polyolefins at Exxon Chemical Co. in Florham Park, N.J.
Secretary, Richard M. Heinke of Heinke Enterprises of Lincoln, Neb.