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General President Stepano’s Keynote Address

At the 52nd OPCMIA General Convention, General President Daniel E. Stepano discussed the state of our union today, our proud past, and the vibrant future each and every member must create for our brothers and sisters, and our families.

“We are on the cutting edge of our industry with the best craftspeople in the world working with the strongest, most durable, most adaptable and most creative materials in the world,” he told the delegates.

He quoted Abraham Lincoln, who said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” To which, General President Stepano added, “And that’s what we will do as the OPCMIA, create our own future.

“We must do what no other generation of OPCMIA officers and members has had to do before,” he said. “We must invest more in our own members, in their jobs, in their future, in their families and at the same time elevate through education and training. And we must do so in a world in which we must compete for every opportunity available to us, for our members’ sake and the sake of their families.

“It is my promise to you and my team’s promise to you, right here, right now at this 52nd Convention, that no matter what happens in the future, we will secure our organization’s future, and will continue moving the OPCMIA forward,” General President Stepano said.


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