March 2013 President’s Letter


The most important announcement I have is that our NEMPA-MIT symposium and annual meeting and awards dinner will be held on Thursday, May 9, at the impressive MIT Media Lab. The lab is just down the street from the faculty club, where we met previously, and closer to the Marriott Hotel. (The earlier date is to accommodate MIT students, who will still be on campus then.)

Our symposium topic will focus on striking a balance among fuel efficiency, increasing safety regulations, and cars consumers both desire and can afford. We’re beginning to select panelists now, so look for a more formal call shortly.

This time we will ask panelists to arrive in Boston the day before in order to attend a dinner on the evening of May 8. This should make for a stronger program as everyone will have the chance to get to know each other in an informal setting.

As before, the symposium will segue into NEMPA’s annual awards dinner, which will also be in the Media Lab. More information about this will follow as well.

This year, instead of a single presenting sponsor, we’re offering a number of supporting sponsorships for both the symposium and the awards dinner. If you’d like to become a backer of this increasingly important event in the annual auto-industry calendar, please get in touch with me. We will recognize and appreciate your contribution.

As a reminder, we’re also looking for submissions for the Gene Ritvo Design & Elegance Award (presented in conjunction with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation) and for the Yankee Cup Technology award, which we present with MIT. Deadline for entries is April 4. We will have an email on this shortly.

A sizable contingent from NEMPA will be in New York for the auto show. We look forward to seeing you there, and we’d be pleased to meet with you or any of your executives to discuss the MIT partnership and the other great programs that NEMPA puts on.

Think spring. It’s not that far away.



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