A Message from the Executive Director to the CPBIS Industry
Advisory Board Members
Dear IAB Members:
Our CPBIS Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Meeting will be held
in Atlanta on July 24 as scheduled.
Recall that on April 15, 2003 we communicated with you that our
April 24, 2003 IAB meeting would be canceled for a variety of
pragmatic reasons -- working on the transition of both IPST and
CPBIS into Georgia Tech (GT) and travel issues around the start of
the Iraq conflict.
We also announced at that time that we would hold the next full, in person IAB meeting in Atlanta on July 24 which we are now initiating the planning for. We have made substantial progress on the key issues we alerted you to in April, mainly:
However, much remains to be done to truly capture the potential
of the CPBIS, especially form its new platform inside of GT. In
this context, your involvement at our July 24 IAB meeting is
critical to helping us layout a solid pathway in working with
industry as we move forward. Looking backward at your inputs and
critiques of CPBIS one overriding matter comes clearly to mind -
that of better and more regular connectivity with each of you in
particular and the industry in general.
In this light, we have worked hard to enhance the functionality
and utility of the CPBIS website, enhanced our formal connections
with both PIMA and TAPPI, and of great importance created a new
position at CPBIS that is focused solely on enhanced industry
connectivity. Effective June 1, Dr. Colleen Walker assumed the role
as CPBIS Associate Director, Industry Liaison. Colleen is an IPST
graduate who began her industry related career as in intern with
Metsa Serla in 1988, and has since held intern and staff positions
with IP, ABB, Caraustar and most recently MeadWestvaco.
We are very fortunate to have a professional with Colleen's
joint academic and industry background join us in such a critical
role targeted at enhancing the value proposition of CPBIS as
delivered to you and the rest of the industry. One of Colleen's
first tasks is to assume direct responsibility for addressing your
needs, to include management of the upcoming July 24 IAB meeting
here in Atlanta. In this context, Colleen will be in touch with
each of you very shortly to secure your inputs and guidance on the
content and structure for the July 24 IAB meeting, as well as to
begin the dialog of how CPBIS can better meet your needs and
expectations in general.
This is your meeting, and as such will be designed and conducted
to meet your needs and expectations. Please welcome Colleen to his
new pivotal role for you and CPBIS, and work with her to create a
most productive and rewarding July 24 IAB meeting as well as to
establish a much closer and more effective manner of regular and
ongoing interactions with CPBIS.
So please make your plans to join us in Atlanta (or designate an alternate from your organization to do so in the event your own schedule does not allow for you to do so) - because as we have stated often -- In the end, we cannot sustain the CPBIS path without your support and engagement.