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2016 AIA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

POSTED 02/18/2016

Arbor, Michigan, USA - February 18, 2016) - Three vision industry leaders have been re-elected to serve new two year terms on the Board of Directors of AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, the industry’s trade group.

The three incumbent board members who were re-elected are:

  • George Chamberlain, CEO, Pleora Technologies
  • John Merva, Vice President, North America, Gardasoft Vision Ltd.
  • Steve Wardell, Director, Imaging, ATS Automation
“I am honored to be able to contribute to the stewardship of our industry through another term on the AIA board, especially in these exciting times with Machine Vision permeating more and more corners of our day-to-day lives,” said George Chamberlain, CEO of Pleora Technologies.

“I am once again honored to be re-elected to the AIA Board of Directors,” added John Merva, Vice President of North America for Gardasoft Vision Ltd. “I am thankful to be able to help continue the growth and maturation of the industry to the benefit of suppliers and users alike.”

“I am happy to continue supporting the AIA through participation on the board for another term,” said Steve Wardell, Director of Imaging at ATS Automation. “I feel the association is in a good position currently and only getting stronger. I hope to provide a subjective look at the industry from an Integrator perspective and continue to build on how the association involves this key portion of its membership. Thank you for the opportunity.”

The other 2016 members of the AIA Board of Directors include Marc Marini, Director, National Instruments and Chair of the AIA Board; Steve Mott, Vice President, Components Express Inc. and Past Chair of the AIA Board; Jeff Burnstein, AIA President; Ghislain Beaupré, VP R&D and Operations, Teledyne DALSA; Greg Hollows, Imaging Business Unit Director, Edmund Optics; Wallace Latimer, PLM Machine Vision, Coherent Inc.; Rex Lee, Ph.D, CEO/President, Pyramid Imaging, Inc.; Rusty Ponce de Leon, President, Phase 1 Technology Corp.; and Edward Roney, National Account Manager, Intelligent Robotics, FANUC America Corporation.

About AIA
Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 325 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 32 countries. AIA is best known for The Vision Show (May 3-5, 2016 in Boston); vision and imaging standards such as GigE Vision®, Camera Link®, Camera Link HS™ and USB3 Vision™; the Automate Show (April 3-6, 2017 in Chicago); the Certified Vision Professional program; AIA Certified System Integrator program; and www.visiononline.org, the world’s leading online resource for vision information. AIA is part of the Association for Advancing Automation. For more information on AIA contact AIA Headquarters at (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, and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA). RIA, AIA, and MCMA combined represent some 900 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 - www.A3automate.org; RIA - www.robotics.org; AIA - www.visiononline.org; MCMA - www.motioncontrolonline.org.

Bob Doyle
Director of Communications
(734) 994-6088