Board Converting News, March 15, 2021

FTA Moves FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021 To Fully Virtual Events FTA has announced a change of venue for its FORUM & INFOFLEX 2021. Previously scheduled as hybrid events— both in-person and virtual—they will now take place solely in a virtual environment. The decision comes following a careful review of the present and forecasted pandemic environment, as well as months of discussions with FTA members, FORUM speakers and INFOFLEX exhibitors. The Association is no stranger to executing successful conferences and events in a virtual environment, and expects to eclipse the high bars set by Virtual FORUM 2020 and Virtual Fall Confer- ence 2020. “The well-being of our membership always comes first, and right now, we’re just not at a point where an in-per- son FORUM & INFOFLEX can be held while meeting our standards for safety and security,” said FTA President Mark Cisternino. “But if there’s one thing our staff have become well-versed in, it’s delivering a caliber of virtual event that is unsurpassed in this industry.” Beyond its two tentpole technical conferences, FTA or- ganized and provided virtual events to its members and non-members on a frequent basis last year. Additional details, including new dates for the event, will be coming soon. Visit for updates.

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If you are not on a committee, I encourage you to get involved. In 2020, three of FBA’s standing committees piv- oted with the pandemic and began meeting virtually for shorter agendas every 6-8 weeks. The change has been well-received by members who typically met during two in-person meetings each year. A general description of each committee can be found on the Issues tab on the FBA website. You can also log on to view agendas and minutes from recent meetings. This will give you further insight into a particular committee’s work. And if you’re not quite ready to be an active partic- ipant, you can always become an “info-copy” to a com- mittee which means you’ll receive agendas and minutes direct to your inbox without formally joining a committee. So, what’s stopping you? Get involved. We’re always looking for additional expertise and a fresh perspective and you gain so much in return – a chance to interact with and learn from industry peers, a seat for your company at the table when discussing issues that impact the industry and exposure to both knowledge and resources that can help in your everyday jobs. To join a committee, contact Mary Drain (mdrain@fi- for Technical, Environmental and Safety and Health committees; Peggy Lacy ( for Data Services committee; and me ( for Marketing and Legal Advisory committees.


March 15, 2021

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