Fast Facts: What was the world like in 2011?

  • Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years of holding the title
  • Record-breaking snowstorm in the northeastern United States leaves nearly 2 million residents without power for more than 36 hours
  • Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI’s most wanted man is killed by the United States special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show

What was NIBA like?

  • NIBA partners with the Association Education Alliance (AEA).  NIBA members receive a $500 discount on registration to the University of Industrial Distribution (UID.)
  • The Ray Snow Memorial Scholarship was renamed the Presidential Scholarship and the Russ Agnes Memorial Scholarship became the Memorial Scholarship.
  • Rubber Ron Technical Training Scholarship offered for the first time.
  • 3T DVD launched; The DVD features video from the popular Track, Train, Troubleshoot for Heavyweight Belting Technical Seminar.
  • NIBA (Hi)Story Board built by Historian Rene Morf and displayed at the Annual Convention for the first time.
  • Gem Levels introduced to recognize NIBA member companies who have donated high amounts to the scholarship fund. The Ruby Level recognizes those companies who have cumulatively contributed $2,500-$4,999, the Emerald Level is for donations of $5,000-$7,499 and the Diamond Level celebrates those who have given $7,500 or more.
  • NIBA.org website was redesigned and relaunched.  The new website features members only sections and logins for those listed in the directory.

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