Finding a way to see who wants it the most

02/10/2012 09:19:00 AM
Tom Karst

But we are getting ahead of ourselves, aren’t we? 

I know this scenario won’t happen. 

It may seem disrespectful or flippant to even suggest it, but consider my proposal fair, if fanciful. It would provide an elegant, nonpolitical and market-based solution to the issue of who would lead the unified organization.

I would assume that if a merger does occur, one of these two tireless leaders would be out of a job. One will have given the best years of his life to the industry and be rewarded with a pink slip — not to mention a hefty retirement fund and good prospects for a newly minted consulting business.

Losing one of the industry’s biggest personalities from the grand stage of association leadership would be unfortunate, but I don’t see how it can be helped if the two groups merge.

None of us is so uniquely gifted that we can’t be replaced. 

A cruel cut, of course, but certainly no worse than the 99% of the world has seen.

In the end, the boards of directors of the two groups may not be able to come to terms with the trauma that would come with a combined group. Some may not be willing to let go of their well-loved leaders and their groups’ unique culture and history.

​​​If United Fresh and PMA don’t come together, I hope it won’t be because the instinct of self-preservation and egos within the groups’ governing bodies overcame a plan that otherwise made good sense.

tkarst@thepacker.com

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