AHAM President Elected to Chair-Elect of ASAE Board

Congratulations to AHAM president Joe McGuire who was elected Chairman-Elect of ASAE– the Center for Association Leadership and Chairman of the ASAE Foundation for 2011-2012. Joe moves from Board Treasurer into this new Board role upon the conclusion of the ASAE annal meeting on Auguat 9, 2011. ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Anyone who works for an Association, or in Washington, DC, knows that ASAE is the premier organization for expertise and training for association professionals. All senior AHAM staff members are members of ASAE, and benefit from the training and networking opportunities. Joe is a great strategic leader for AHAM, and we know that ASAE will benefit from his leadership while working to accomplish its goals for the next year.

AHAM takes on EPR at state conferences

AHAM is attending the 38th summer legislative meeting for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), one of the three larger organizations representing state legislators around the country. The meeting in New Orleans this year is the largest ALEC conference by attendance in its 38 year history; I would eyeball somewhere around 1000 legislators, staff, and industry representatives like AHAM. The forum is proving to be an important chance for AHAM to educate and gain early support of policymakers who will be writing and voting on bills on topics affecting home appliance products this year and in 2012.

Among the main reasons we’re here is to discuss and educate lawmakers on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). Many states have toyed with the idea of creating product take-back programs at the end of a product’s lifecycle. While this may seem like a great idea, it is important for legislators to know that major appliances have a 90% recycling rate. We blogged about this achievement a couple months ago. The creation of additional state EPR programs may be a waste of state budgets dollars and a threat to state job markets in some cases – two issues that are definitely not lost on this assembly. But, in all cases, these decisions need to be made with a strong base of knowledge and
understanding of how some localities are handling waste.

I will report back from San Antonio next week, where I will be attending the NCSL – the National Conference of State Legislators.

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