OFDA January 2018 Update

 Association News


OFDA 2017 Legislative Update - Looking Back on the Year

As we head into the final month of the 2017 congressional session, let's take a moment and recap the priorities and success OFDA had.

It has not been a “typical” year in Washington. Regardless of one’s feelings about the President, he has shaken things up a bit. Washington tends to move at a methodical pace. Big ticket issues such as healthcare, tax reform, and infrastructure are always at the top of the agenda, but it’s never really been expected that all three of these major initiatives like this could realistically cross the President’s desk in his first year, until this year. President Trump has Capitol Hill moving at warp speed, which has been both good and bad for OFDA. As we head into the final month of the 2017 congressional session, I wanted to take a moment and recap for you our priorities and the success we had.

  • Defeated Increase to Overtime Rules
  • Association Health Plans (AHP’s)
  • Estate Tax Relief
  • Pass-Through Businesses
  • Expansion of Section 179 Expensing
  • Reopening of Schedule 75
  • Amazon Online Marketplace​

Keep an eye out for the 2017 Dealers' Choice Survey, opening January 2018

Opening in January, the Dealers’ Choice are based on a structured dealer participative-poll measuring six functional areas of manufacturer performance for a diverse cross-section of dealers throughout North America. The award program recognizes those manufacturers delivering the most consistent and effective overall support to dealers in each of following categories:

  • Casegoods
  • Filing
  • Seating
  • Storage
  • Tables
  • Workstations/Systems

For more information on OFDA's surveys and benchmarking, click here.


2018-2019 Scholarship Application - Submit Your Application Today

Here at OFDA, we encoruage our members and their families to apply for a scholarship. With financial assistance through OFDA, you can reduce your financial burden that comes with furthering your education. For more than 50 years, OFDA has provided financial relief to many affiliates of the association, awarding more than $2.5 million dollars.

Any person who is an employee or related to an employee of an association member firm may apply. Membership status will be verified. Candidates must have graduated from high school or its equivalent before July 1 of the year in which they would use the scholarship. Candidates must have an academic record sufficient to be accepted by an accredited college, junior college or technical institute. Students already in college or graduate school may also apply.

Don't miss out on this opportunity! For more information, to download a copy of the application, and to view past recipients, click here.


It's Time to Renew Your Membership for 2018

Your support as a valued member has led to a very successful year. From November when OFDA held our board retreat and strategic planning session with key leaders in the industry, to June where OFDA exhibited at NeoCon, we could not have done it without your support. 

This year, OFDA exhibited at one of the largest industry events, NeoCon. In May, OFDA hosted a rewarding Small Business Advocacy Fly-In in Washington, DC, where members met with legislators to lobby for your business. And who can forget about the 34 college students who were awarded scholarships this year, out of the 58 that were received. 

We need your commitment to continue on the path to success. You should have received an email regarding your 2018 annual dues. If you have any questions regarding your membership or payment please contact Jason Dumm, OFDA Financial Coordinator, by email or phone at (410) 931-8100.


Call for Committee Members

Take an active role in OFDA. Are you passionate about advancing a robust, coordinated focus on OFDA’s vision and mission? Do you have a desire to contribute your skills to help OFDA in reaching its strategic goals? OFDA is currently calling for committee members. Previous board or committee experience is not a prerequisite. There are several committees to choose from with varying responsibilities.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact OFDA headquarters.


Member Benefit: Standards

OFDA continues to work with members of the office furniture industry by providing manufacturers’ information related to delivery and installation of office products.

OFDA XML Committee Brings Industry Leaders Together: The best and brightest in the office furniture information technology world evaluate the XML platform annually and provide updates for manufacturers to implement for their brand and ensure clients can order all necessary pieces related to delivery and installation of office furniture.

GSA Data Integrity Task Force: Evaluates all GSA programs pertaining to the office product sector and provides assistance that increases GSA sales and user satisfaction.

 Industry News

The articles below are highlights from this month’s news. Check out more industry news on the NOPA website.

ECi Appoints Software Executive Sam Miller as Chief Revenue Officer

ECi Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific information technology solutions, today announced that Sam Miller has joined the company as Chief Revenue Officer. Miller will direct ECi’s worldwide sales and marketing teams from ECi’s Fort Worth headquarters, as well as generate new processes, ideas and strategies for the company’s continued organic growth.

Click here to view full article.


Knoll Acquires Danish Designer

Office furniture maker Knoll has purchased a Danish luxury interior designer and supplier.

It has acquired Copenhagen-based Muuto for $300 million. The deal marks Knoll’s latest step in its global expansion, extending its reach in the affordable luxury segment.

Click here to view full article.


Office Depot, Inc. Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

On January 4, 2018 Office Depot, Inc., a leading omnichannel provider of business services, products and technology, announced the appointment of Joseph T. Lower as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective January 8, 2018. 

As CFO, Lower will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Gerry Smith and be a member of the Executive Committee. He will be responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company, including financial planning and analysis, accounting and financial reporting, as well as managing the tax, internal audit, treasury, and investor relations functions. 

Click here to view full article.


Steelcase to Acquire Office Furniture Maker AMQ Solutions

Office furniture giant Steelcase has announced a definitive agreement to acquire AMQ Solutions a California-based provider of height adjustable desks, benches and seats.

The acquisition is expected to help Steelcase provide a broader range of price points to meet existing customer needs and serve additional customers globally.

Click here to view full article.


NeoCon 2018 
- ​Save The Date

Save the date for NeoCon, one of the most recognized and attended trade shows in the office furniture industry. In 2018, the event will be held from June 11-13, at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, IL. You won’t want to miss the event of the year – see you there!



If your company has news to share with NOPA membership in an upcoming e-newsletter, please email NOPA Association Coordinator, Addie Blevins. Information must be news- or event-based versus sales-related. The alliance reserves the right to print information based on our internal publication standards. Thank you for your membership in the National Office Products Alliance.

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