NOMMA To Adopt Tiered Dues System On January 1
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Posted by: Todd Daniel
better serve the membership, NOMMA is launching a tiered dues system effective
January 1. The new system is based on annual gross sales and will divide a fabricator
membership into three levels:
Shops Under - $250,000 - $350/yr.
Fabricator Shop - $251,000 - $2,499,999 - $425/yr.
Large Shop - $2.5 million and greater - $500/yr.
change, which was approved by the NOMMA Board of Directors, is designed to
provide a more fair system to the membership. For years concerns were raised
about the old same-price system that charged a one-person shop the same dues as
a 100-person shop. The new system provides more equity. Most importantly, the
system provides a more attractive entry point for small shops just starting
out, and for one-person operations.
large shops it was felt that a rate increase was justified — the first dues
increase in five years — since bigger operations often have multiple personnel
involved in the association and use more services.
the majority of our membership the dues will remain the same at $425 per year.
discussions of a tiered dues system began in 2005 and the first task force was
assigned to research the issue. In 2010 the subject was given to the Governance
Task Force for review and over the next three years various models were
evaluated and more research was conducted. A survey conducted in April 2013
gave the Governance team added demographic information and provided the final
piece of the puzzle.
reviewed models based on benefits and systems with numerous tiers,” said JR
Molina of Big D Metalworks, NOMMA’s current President and longtime Governance
Task Force Chair. "Ultimately, we decided on a simple system that would be
attractive to small shops while providing more equity for everyone.”
developing the system, the Governance team used a mixture of in-house surveys
and industry data to determine average shop sizes. Based on research, 20% of
the membership will benefit from the smaller dues while 25% of our largest
members will receive their first rate increase in five years.
new structure will allow us to attract the smaller and new firms, while still
maintaining capital for programs that primarily benefit our larger members.
These benefits include marketing to architects, producing technical materials,
and code and standards advocacy.
year we took a major step forward by switching from a calendar to anniversary
date membership year. This allowed us to eliminate a complicated pro-rating
system and provide more simplicity and fairness to our members,” Molina said.
"This year the Board has taken the next step forward by introducing a tiered
dues that is simple, while providing more equity to the membership.”
headquartered in Fayetteville, GA, was formed in 1958 to serve the ornamental
and miscellaneous metals industry. NOMMA’s 500 members produce a wide
range of ornamental and miscellaneous metalwork, ranging from railings to
driveway gates, and from sculpture to light structural steel. NOMMA
provides a variety of educational services to the industry, including an annual
trade show and education conference, glossy trade magazine, continuing
education classes, technical bulletins, and more.