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2019 RIA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

POSTED 01/25/2019

The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) is pleased to announce the results of the recent Board of Directors election. Winners of the election include:

  • Supplier Category – Lou Finazzo, FANUC America; Milton Guerry, SCHUNK; Steve Kruzel, Yaskawa Motoman; and Bob Little, ATI Industrial Automation.
  • Integrator Category – Tyler McCoy, JR Automation; Craig Salvalaggio, Applied Manufacturing Technologies; and Carol Woten, Genesis Systems.
  • User Category – Carl Doeksen, 3M; Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble; and John Lizzi, General Electric.
  • Educator/Researcher – Gary McMurray, Georgia Tech.

The RIA Board Executive Committee in 2019 includes the following industry leaders:

  • Chair - Joe Gemma, KUKA Robotics;
  • Past Chair - Mike Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies;
  • First Vice Chair - Gustavo Sepulveda, ABB;
  • Second Vice Chair - Matt Wicks, Honeywell Intelligrated;
  • Secretary - Jon Battles, Amazon.com; and
  • RIA President - Jeff Burnstein.

“I’m happy to be working with this esteemed group of new and returning board members to plan the strategic direction of our association,” said Joe Gemma of KUKA Robotics and Chair of the RIA Board of Directors. “It’s an exciting time for the robotics industry and RIA membership is at a record number. I’m honored to be part of such a talented and intellectual group of automation industry professionals, and I’m humbled to be representing the membership as the RIA Board Chair.”

The remaining board members for 2019 include Catherine Morris, ATI Industrial Automation; Matt Rendall, Clearpath Robotics; Stu Shepherd, Universal Robots; and Walter Vahey, Teradyne.

About Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Founded in 1974, RIA is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to improving the regional, national and global competitiveness of the North American manufacturing and service sectors through promotion and enhancement of robotics and related automation. RIA represents over 550 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. The association hosts a number of events including the biennial Automate Show & Conference (April 8-11, 2019 in Chicago), the International Robot Safety Conference (October 15-17, 2019 in Indianapolis), the Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference (CRAV.AI; November 12-13, 2019 in San Jose, CA), and the A3 Business Forum (January 13-15, 2020 in Orlando, FL). RIA also provides quarterly robotics statistics and has a content-rich website, Robotics Online. For more details on RIA, visit Robotics Online or call (734) 994-6088.

About Association for Advancing Automation (A3)
The Association for Advancing Automation is the global advocate for the benefits of automating. A3 promotes automation technologies and ideas that transform the way business is done. A3 is the umbrella group for Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), and A3 México. RIA, AIA, MCMA and A3 México combined represent over 1,200 automation manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups and consulting firms from throughout the world that drive automation forward. For more information, please visit our websites: A3; RIA; AIA; MCMA; A3 México.