Capturing The International Perspective
James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief
Marcella Nacmias, vice president of international operations, recently retired from our staff. After more than 30 years dedicated to the success of the magazines, and because she developed long-standing relationships with so many members of the industry, it would be impossible to not take a moment and consider the dedication and commitment Marcella has made, not just to the magazines, but also to the industry as a whole.
Among the machinery manufacturers exhibiting at the recent CITME in Beijing, there was consensus that her influence and sense of the global market for investment in textile technology will be sorely missed.
As an editor and publisher, I have been privileged to travel the globe with Marcella. Her grace and international perspective brought to our travels a clear mission to understand the international technology and machinery business, as well as the investment demands of our readers around the world.
Personally, I know the decision to retire was a difficult one for Marcella. Judging from the response of others close to her, it is clearly difficult for them as well.
One of my favorite stories of traveling with Marcella is of an ill-fated trip to China, when our plane was inexplicably delayed on takeoff for two hours. Our destination was Narita, Japan, with a transfer through to Beijing. After the unexplained delay, the trip was fairly normal — until the final approach. At that point, the landing gear went down, the tray tables and seat backs were up, and then, all of a sudden, we soared skyward. Apparently, a typhoon had struck our destination, and we were refused landing at the last moment. We shifted course to land in Osaka — our connection to our final destination obliterated.
After a safe landing, within no time, Marcella had secured tickets on the first plane to Beijing the next morning, as well as complimentary hotel rooms. We made it to Beijing a day late, but no worse for wear. For good measure, we managed to be in time for an earthquake on the way back, during our stopover in Japan.
I will surely miss working with Marcella. Each of us should look to the colleagues we work with — the people we spend so much of our life with — and consider what they have given, what they mean in our day-to-day lives. Thanks is too small a word.