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Inside ICI Redefining our Roles to Build a Better Future By Joseph E. Fritz, Executive Director T


he Investment Casting Institute has recently undergone a reorganization.


This was not


something out of the blue, but rather, it is part of a planned evolution, the catalyst of which came about when, in 2015, Grayce Albanese advised me that she was on the “5-year plan”.


I appreciated the fact that I was


given such notice, because it afforded me the opportunity to re-engineer our way of doing things. With Grayce’s help, a plan was developed and presented to the Board. The initial response was that five years is a long time, but as everyone in our office will attest, time moves very quickly when you are busy, and busy we were (and still are).


Over the past four years, everyone has experienced some form of training, sometimes taking us out of our comfort zones, but always resulting in bettering individual and team performance. We are now at the point where our reorganization is in place and it is time to share it with you.


Until she retires, Grayce will be serving the industry as the ICI’s Senior Executive Assistant.


In her new role,


Grayce will be supporting all ICI and INCAST operations from publishing, to meetings and events, to special projects. During this period, she will be assessing the skill set required for an entry level replacement, who she will train in her last six months with the Institute.


Nora D’Ambra has been promoted to ICI Business Administrator. In her new role, Nora will be taking on administrative responsibilities for the ICI, including insurance, human resource reporting, lease and contract management and new Member administration.


She will continue to provide oversight of the 6 ❘ February 2019 ®


Institute’s Association Management System, its website and social media activities.


This is a big job, but Nora


proves time and time again that she is up to the challenge.


Margureta Watson, who has been the


ICI’s bookkeeper since joining the team, has been promoted to Staff Accountant. In her new role, Margureta will be undertaking many of the responsibilities that we have been outsourcing, including all financial reporting and tax preparation. Margureta has demonstrated the skill set necessary to reduce our dependence on outside accountants, saving the Institute significant contract expense.


Though Barbara Tiseo has been in her current role as Meeting & Event Planner for over a year, her position has grown and will continue to do so. Barbara has responsibility for the Institute’s Spring Management Meeting, Technical Conference and Expo, the Certification Course, the Process Control Seminar and all regional meetings.


Additionally, she


handles arrangements for the quarterly Meeting of the Board of Directors, and often supports meetings for our Ad Hoc committees.


Erin Almaleh’s role as INCAST Editor


also underwent a significant evolution in 2018. In June of last year, INCAST published the first issue designated as the official magazine of both the ICI and the EICF. On the surface, that sounds like a title change, but as she can attest, there is much more than meets the eye when publishing an international magazine. The easiest way for me to express the difference is to have you compare last year’s Buyer’s Guide to the one that you are currently reading. Erin has her work cut out for her.


As for me, my role continues to grow


and evolve as I support and challenge this team. It is an honor working with them and I look forward to seeing how the team continues to develop, help each other, and provide greater services to our Members.


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