Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight April 5 2017

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The PSAI's Days are Numbered But the Number is a Big One The following is a message from Karleen Kos, PSAI's Executive Director : I recently read an article that said that more than half of associations will be dead or dying by 2030. This shouldn't come as a surprise considering that, according to Forbes , 90% of all new businesses fail. Associations are just businesses with a differ ent business model. If the past is any indication, there are likely to be hundreds of associations starting up over the next 10 - 20 years, and many of them will likely fail or die after a period of time just like their for - profit counterparts. It's not al l doom and gloom though. Those that die may have died for a good reason. Maybe a cure has been found or an injustice was corrected. When I worked at the Alzheimer's Association, we would have loved nothing better than to have been put out of business becau se the disease had been stopped. In the wake of the associations that ended for good reasons, new associations may be formed to cure new diseases, provide support, combat new government regulations, stand up for rights issues or to support professions not yet in existence. The fact that associations may die isn't scary, it's the ability or inability of the association to change with the times that should be the most concerning. This is by far the most important issue for the Portable Sanitation Association International (PSAI). I believe that most associations have the innate ability to change with the times because they're always looking for ways to support those that depend on them. That's one of the reasons the PSAI does its annual survey of the industr y – and why it is so important we hear from both Members and nonmembers. We cannot evolve to meet the industry's needs if we don't know what they are. Of course we have a volunteer Board of Directors from industry companies and they are, indeed, a wonder ful group of professionals. But they represent 13 companies – less than 1% of the entire industry. While they do their best to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry as a whole, it would be folly to believe that they can articulate the situations and c oncerns faced by ALL companies. We need a broader view of what is happening on the ground. So please, take the time to fill out this year's survey at http://psaisurvey2017.questionpro.com . It will take 10 minutes or so – and you might win free registratio n to the November 2017 Nuts and Bolts Educational Conference! WEEKLY EDITION April 5, 2017 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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