More ways to serve

Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) members often express an interest in being more actively involved in the organization. One of the most effective ways to do this, and participate in the development of PAMA programs and initiatives, is to become an at-large industry expert on a PAMA task force or committee.

For example, Mike Gatti of Herculite is not a PAMA board member, but he is a member of the Awning & Canopy Fabric Specifier’s Guide task force. He helps revise, update and edit this annual publication and online resource. Carol Kleinert, Traverse Bay Canvas Inc., is a member of the Standards & Codes task force and has made contributions to the development of both the “Fabric Awning & Canopy Building Code Reference” and the “Applying for a Permit Reference Guide.”

Serving on a task force or committee allows you to contribute ideas and expertise to current and ongoing PAMA initiatives, connect more closely with those on the task force or committee and build personal professional development. Task force and committee members receive one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) per year toward Awning MFC certification or certification renewal.

If you are interested, contact PAMA chair Byron Yonce, MFC,; vice chair Greg Schmieler,; or managing director Michelle Sahlin,, +1 651 225 6948.