ATLANTA—For the 36,000-member Society of Plastics Engineers, getting people to serve on SPE's executive committee was like asking them to run a marathon.
Traditionally, the executive committee requires a 10- to 12-year stint that ultimately leads to the SPE president's post.
Changes proposed at SPE's Annual Technical Conference in Atlanta could cut it down to just 4-8 years.
Shortening the commitment to a more manageable level should make it easier to recruit members to the executive committee — SPE's core leadership group — in today's time-crunched business world, said Bob Hills, a consultant from Hudson, Ohio, who headed up a special Governance Organization Task Force. Hills, president of Summit Machinery Sales Inc., said the task force spent 15 months hashing out the issue.
Hills said the SPE's council reviewed the proposal in Atlanta before Antec. The recommendations now go to a review committee. Hills said SPE hopes to make the changes by Dec. 31, 2000.