Committees, Teams and Task Forces

Countless AEC volunteers provide their time and talent to the Aluminum Extruders Council, its committees, and the industry; they are the lifeblood and moral compass of AEC.

STREAMLINED VOLUNTEER STRUCTURE: Four Committees and a Board

Each of the three main strategic focus areas has an oversight committee:

  • Industry Promotion Oversight Committee — this committee reports to the Board and oversees the teams and task forces working on Industry Promotion initiatives (Academic Outreach, Solar Markets, etc.)
  • Business Excellence Oversight Committee — a cross-section of members from the traditional "technical" and "Business Information" committees, this committee reports to the Board and oversees the teams and task forces working on BE initiatives (member education, etc.)
  • Member Engagement (Executive Committee) — since this area includes initiatives which are especially crucial, the oversight function belongs to the Executive Committee. Key initiatives include fair trade action and enforcement, plus the traditional areas of member services and recruiting.

The AEC and ET Foundation volunteer structure includes these three committees, plus the AEC Board of Directors and the ET Seminar Committee, responsible for developing ET, the premier extrusion technology conference, held every 4 years. There are no other standing committees.

TEAMS & TASK FORCES: Relevant, Nimble, and Task-Oriented

The backbone of this organizational structure is the cadre of task-oriented teams and task forces that, chartered by the Board, each report to an Oversight Committee, and focus on one or more specific strategic initiative (Teams are expected to have a longer life span than do Task Forces. For example, a group working on publishing a new Extrusion Manual would be expected to complete their work within two years, thus would be a Task Force; when their task is done, the group disbands. In contrast, a group providing oversight to the surveys produced each year by AEC has an ongoing purpose and, thus, is a Team).

 

Industry Promotion — In addition to the IP Oversight Committee, this strategic focus area includes the following:

 

Teams:

  • Solar
  • Building & Construction
  • Keep Aluminum Windows
  • Automotive
  • New Markets Task Force
  • Academic Outreach, which includes at least two separate initiatives:
    • Presentations to schools
    • Design Competition

Business Excellence — In addition to the BE Oversight Committee, this strategic focus area includes the following:

 

Teams:

  • Die and Tooling

  • Webinars Advisory

  • Finishing SIG

         

 

Membership Engagement — For now, the Executive Committee will continue to provide oversight. In addition, this strategic focus area includes the following:

 

Teams:

  • Fair Trade Oversight
  • Surveys and Reports
  • Industry Standards