Have it your way: Your trade association priorities made to order

By The National Biodiesel Board | January 06, 2015

The National Biodiesel Board is your association; that means you can have it your way. NBB members run the show. Members define long-term objectives and programs—they have it their way.

This is the time of year staff works with NBB members on an extensive planning process to capture member input and share association priorities. NBB staff and contractors are constantly interacting with biodiesel companies, regulators, users, engine and vehicle companies, and distributors to better understand the needs and priorities of the industry.

“There are a number of ways NBB staff gather input beyond just our day-to-day interactions with members and industry stakeholders,” said Doug Whitehead, NBB director of operations and membership. “The development of our program plan is a multistep process that includes members all along the way.”

Members provide their input on industry priorities through a number of avenues including the Biodiesel Technical Workshop, the fall NBB membership meeting, NBB standing committee discussions including the regulatory, trade, technical, and marketing committees, and an extensive online survey.

All of this input comes together and defines where staff will spend time and resources in fiscal year 2016, which runs from October 2015 to September 2016.

“All of this is done so that NBB as an organization is truly representing the best interests of our members,” Whitehead added. “Being able to come together, identify our strengths and weaknesses, and then go out and execute in the areas that will help us the most is one of the biggest advantages we have as an industry.”

 
 
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