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I would like to start by thanking Judith O’Day for her outstanding leadership of CSDA for the past two years. I would also like to thank the Officers, Board of Directors, committee chairs and members for their service. The accomplishments of the association over the past 43 years are the direct result of the hard work these volunteers have put in during their tenures. Because of their dedication and belief in CSDA, the association and the wider industry have incredibly bright futures.

CSDA has many new opportunities on the horizon. There will also be some challenges, but we have bright and dedicated Officers, Board members and committees that can meet any challenge head-on. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize these people for the time and energy they commit to these roles: Chris Bennett – Marketing and Polishing Committee chair; Ty Conner – Membership Committee chair; Matt Dragon – Imaging and Next Generation Committee chair; Matthew Finnigan – Safety Committee chair; Dan Foley – Training Committee chair; Greg Lipscomb – Manufacturer Committee chair; Mike Orzechowski – Secretary/Treasurer and Finance and Standards & Specifications Committee chair; Jack Sondergard – Vice President and Certification Committee chair; Doug Walker – Election Committee chair. Thank you, we appreciate all you do. Also, thank you to your companies for their support of the association. I am looking forward to working with you talented people for the next two years.

Last but not least, I would like to thank CSDA Executive Director Pat O’Brien. His guidance and organizational skills keep CSDA moving forward and relevant. Pat has a great team working with him who are bright, energetic, efficient and ready to carry out the wishes of the membership. It is a pleasure to work with each of you.

Should you have occasion to see or speak to any of these people, please let them know you appreciate their efforts to advance the industry and value the support provided by their companies.

As mentioned above, there are opportunities open to CSDA now and more will become available in the future. During my time as CSDA President, I intend to use this platform within CSDA’s official magazine to highlight what I feel are some of the more important opportunities for the association. I want to discuss how, by seizing them, the association and industry can benefit tremendously.

Kevin Baron, CSDA President | Western Saw, Inc. | Oxnard, California

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