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NOMMA To Adopt Tiered Dues System On January 1

Tuesday, December 3, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Todd Daniel
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To 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:

Small Shops Under - $250,000 - $350/yr.
Fabricator Shop - $251,000 - $2,499,999 - $425/yr.
Large Shop - $2.5 million and greater - $500/yr.

The 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.

For 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.

For the majority of our membership the dues will remain the same at $425 per year.

Board 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.

"We 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.”

In 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.

The 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.

"Last 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.”

NOMMA, 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. 

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