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Distributor's Link Magazine Spring 2020 / Vol 43 No2

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24 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK Salim Brahimi Director of Engineering Technology INDUSTRIAL FASTENERS INSTITUTE 6363 Oak Tree Boulevard, Independence, OH 44131 TEL 216-241-1482 FAX 216-241-5901 EMAIL sbrahimi@indfast.org WEB www.indfast.org IFI UPDATE The year 2020 is starting out with a global pandemic crisis that will challenge our views and beliefs as individuals and as members of the world community. In this context, our daily preoccupations may seem insignificant, but I believe that continuing to fulfill our responsibilities, both personal and professional is an important aspect of being able to overcome this crisis. With that task in mind, I offer the IFI Update to inform the fastener community of some of the latest developments at the Industrial Fasteners Institute. But I also know the most important thing we can do while fulfilling our responsibilities is to fulfill our duty to reach out and help, even in the smallest way, those who are in need. Generosity and kindness can be more infectious than COVID-19, and for the greater good. Joe Greenslade – In Memoriam We were all saddened when Joe Greenslade passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 23, at age 71. Joe Greenslade was a fastener industry icon and highly respected. He was my predecessor at IFI, he served as IFI’s Technical Director from 2007 until 2015. During his tenure he was tireless, passionate and visionary. In fact, the IFI Technology Connection is Joe’s brainchild. More importantly Joe Greenslade was loved and admired as a good, intelligent, kind and giving human being. Joe’s retirement included reading with students at Lily B. Clayton Elementary School, mentoring students at R.L. Pascal High School as an active member of the AVID program. He founded the Pascal Enrichment Foundation and the Panther Heroes program. He was on the board of the ACH Child and Family Services where he mentored young adults who had aged out foster care without a community support system in place. Joe was passionate, silly, loving, kind and strived every day to do something to make the world just a little better than it was the day before. He was a husband, a father, a grandfather, a friend, and a mentor. Joe wrote this epitaph on October 13, 1982 on a list of “Life’s Objectives.” As he always did, he set himself a goal and then went on to accomplish it. “Joe Greenslade was a thoughtful, generous, creative and dynamic person. The world is a little better for his existence.” The world is a better place for having had Joe Greenslade in it, and a poorer place for his loss. JOE GREENSLADE AT MY DOCTORAL GRADUATION CEREMONY, MCGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL, MAY 2018 TECHNICAL ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 110

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