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Call for candidates: IFAI board positions

News | May 11, 2021 | By:

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is looking for individuals with strong leadership skills to fill the following positions:

  • 1st Vice Chair: 2-year term (the individual elected to this position will be the “Chair-elect” and shall automatically become Chair of the Board at the completion of the incoming Chair’s term).
  • 2nd Vice Chair: 2-year term
  • Director (1 position): 3-year term

Note: Amy Bircher (MMI Textiles Inc.) is the current 1st Vice Chair and will automatically assume the duties of the Chair of the IFAI Board this November.

In order to be considered, a candidate must 1) be employed by a voting member company in good standing; 2) submit verbal or written confirmation that he/she wishes to be considered for a specific position on a specific board; and, 3) complete an application form, returning it to IFAI, c/o Cherie Schmit, no later than June 21, 2021.
To obtain an application form, please contact Cherie Schmit by phone +1 651 225 6985 or email at
Each application received as a result of this notice will be reviewed by IFAI’s Leadership Development Committee and all candidates will be notified of whether or not they have been elected to a position prior to any notice that is sent to the membership.

IFAI’s Division Advisory Boards

All of IFAI’s volunteer leadership openings, including those within our divisions, are being announced at this time, as well. This is in an effort to highlight the range of opportunities available and to also encourage engagement in those areas. The divisions and all of IFAI’s business areas draw from the expertise and knowledge of our volunteer leaders to support IFAI’s mission and goals of the individual divisions. If you are interested in a position on one of the division boards listed below, please reach out to the IFAI Staff Contact listed to discuss the process and timeline for that division.

IFAI division

Advanced Textile Products: 1 to 3 director positions
Equipment Division: 1 to 3 director positions
Military Division: 1 director position
Narrow Fabrics Institute: 1 director position
U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute: 2 director positions

IFAI Staff Contact:
Janelle Wells Buerkley
Phone: +1 651 225 6948

IFAI Division

Professional Awning Manufacturers Association: 3 director positions
Fabric Graphics Association: 3 director positions
Fabric Structures Association: 4 director positions
Makers Division: 4 director positions
Tarp Association: 2 director positions
IFAI Canada: 2 director positions

IFAI Staff Contact:
Christine Gerard
Phone: +1 651 225 6926

IFAI Division

Tent Rental Division: 1 director position    

IFAI Staff Contact:
Jill Newman

Phone: +1 651 225 6953

IFAI Division

Marine Fabricators Association: 1 director position    

IFAI Staff Contact:
Barbara Connett
Phone: +1 651 225 6914

Country Sector

IFAI Japan: No open positions this year    

IFAI Staff Contact:
Kikuko Tagawa

Phone: +1 81 72 780 2803

*Geosynthetic Materials Association: GMA has an Executive Council that is made up of key players in the geosynthetics industry. If you have questions about GMA or wish to be on the GMA Executive Council, please contact Fred Chuck (+1 651 225 6956 / for more information.

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