BALTIMORE, Oct. 25, 2011—Peter McKernan, chairman of the board for the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), announced today that the association’s president and CEO, Stephen Warner, is stepping down from this position.
Warner was instrumental in the launching of a quarterly magazine in 1983, Geotechnical Fabrics Report, a title that later became simply GFR. The magazine was redesigned and retitled Geosynthetics in 2006. It is published six times a year, with the annual Specifier’s Guide as the December issue.
Said Warner, “I have sincerely enjoyed working for IFAI these last 35 years, including 25 years as its president. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the industry and I hope that my contribution has made a difference.
“This is the transition time that makes sense for IFAI as the industry itself changes around us. The parting is very amicable. I intend to continue to be a goodwill ambassador for IFAI,” he said.
McKernan added: “Steve has been a wonderful ambassador for our association. His tireless efforts and thoughtful leadership exemplify the best qualities of our industry. We wish Steve and his family best wishes for the future.”
The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the largest and longest-running textile trade organization in the world. Celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2012, IFAI publishes seven market-specific magazines in print and online, organizes global industry events such as IFAI Expo Americas (the 2011 edition is currently running in Baltimore Oct. 25–27). IFAI supports the growth of nearly 1,900 member companies located in 54 countries.
The Geosynthetic Materials Association is one of 12 market-serving divisions under the IFAI umbrella.