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After almost 18 years of service to the US composites industry, American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) Executive Director Missy Henriksen is stepping down to pursue personal interests.
“I’ve been with this organization since it was the Fiberglass Fabricators Association, through its transition to the Composites Fabricators Association and now ACMA,” said Henriksen. “We’ve taken on, absorbed, and supported some top notch affiliations over the years like the International Cast Polymer Alliance and the Automotive Composites Alliance, and we’ve worked very hard to make ACMA the strongest composites association in the world. The industry has grown significantly; composites aren’t such a foreign concept any longer to the general public. I treasure my experience here, the many people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, and what I’ve learned over the years. But, I think many of us who travel intense career paths sometimes reach a point where they realize it’s time to pursue other things, and, now, I’ve reached that point.”
Current ACMA President Bill Kreysler praised Henriksen’s contributions to the association and the industry, saying Henriksen was the one most responsible for building ACMA to what it is today.
“Missy will be sorely missed,” said Kreysler. “She has put together a top notch staff of professionals and has guided the association through many transitions. The industry and this organization owe her a great deal. We all wish her luck in her new endeavours.”
Kreysler also pointed out that ACMA’s executive board has begun to diligently work on a transition plan and that members can be assured the association’s activities will continue to operate during the search for and transition to a new executive director.
“It may take some time,” added Kreysler. “We want to make the right choice for the long term. We will appoint an interim director and make sure our members’ needs are attended to. ACMA has developed a hard-working, responsive culture, and it’s important that we are sensitive to that.”
Henriksen began her career with ACMA in December of 1988 after a short stint as a Congressional aid on Capitol Hill with then incumbent Florida Democrat Bill Chappell. Within several years, she moved from the position of meetings and membership assistant on a four-person staff to associate director. In 1994 she was promoted to executive director and worked under Executive Vice President Rob Lederer. Lederer left the association in 1995 and Henriksen moved into the top position.
“What do I believe is the greatest accomplishment we have achieved as an association?” said Henriksen. “I’d have to say it’s the work we’ve done in unifying the industry and the industry’s voice. Many years ago, there were many groups serving the composites industry, each jockeying for position. Today, it truly is an industry united.”
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