Every time we come away from a trade association convention, we are stimulated by the thought that attending meetings of this type is among the finest customs of American business men. It is regrettable that more non-organization-minded business men cannot fully appreciate the benefits which trade association practices bring forth.
Last month we attended the sixth annual convention of the Machinery Dealers’ National Association in Cincinnati. Throughout the entire meeting, precedence was given to discussions about improving service and customer relations. Particular emphasis was given overall upgrading of trade practices in the used and rebuilt machine tool industry.
In April we attended the annual convention of the National Industrial Service Association held in Detroit. The same sort of discussion predominated at this meeting. Members of both MDNA and N1SA are supplying the needs of users of electrical equipment and machine tools, and every year are proving to be more important cogs in our national economy.
Our enthusiasm for trade organizations is based upon the fact that many of the ideas brought forth at their gatherings definitely contribute to the overall improvement of business and industry. Meetings of this kind also stimulate an amazing spirit of cooperation, unselfishness and camaraderie. Differences of opinion and prejudice are overcome when men get together to air them. Many times we find out that the other fellow has some darn good ideas too!
Business and political conventions are the life blood of our democracy. The more cognizance given to this fact by the average executive (who often thinks he is too busy to participate in any meetings), the better off business and the Nation will be.
This is particularly true today when every American has a battle on his hands to preserve his democracy.