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May 13, 2008


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The National Paint and Coatings Association just underwent the biggest change of President Andy Doyle’s 20-year tenure. After voting results released last week, his 300 corporate-member association has merged with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, a 4,000 individual-member body. This is a “governance merger,” with FSCT remaining in Pennsylvania and functioning as a NPCA subsidiary. FSCT’s nine employees will keep their jobs and Andy will head both.        


Andy’s spectacular Dupont office, in an 1882 home, is kept furnished in the style of the 1920s. But we suspect that the part he likes best is how much product it takes to cover those walls. Combining the coatings formulators at FSCT with the manufacturers and retailers of NPCA, he tells us, will allow for the development of a science and technology program to support both individual and corporate advancement. Details aren’t finalized, but Andy says he’s exploring ways to combine the two associations’ IT, membership, publishing, and Web and meetings management functions.   


The FSCT used to hold the industry’s only trade show, but now the NCPA will jointly host the affair next month; Andy expects 315 booths and 5,000 attendees at the Charlotte show. It should boost the associations’ $8 million annual revenue, $1 million of which gets spent on lobbying. Although the industry discontinued lead paint 50 years ago, its legacy remains the NCPA’s biggest advocacy issue. Last year NCPA helped push through the Hillary Clinton-sponsored Home Lead Safety Tax Credit Act, incenting landlords to make their dwellings safe for kids.


The Democratic National Committee, from which the NPCA bought its office in 1940, installed this bar. (Must be an interesting, if not scandalous, backstory.) Andy’s partial to darker blues and reds, which he might prefer to the green and pink in his office. But he can take comfort in one thing: We got through this whole article without a single paint-drying joke. Andy says he’s heard every last one of them.    

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