Members press release

RIA, USA - IFR Industry Association

2013 RIA Board of Directors Announced

February 2013

The 2013 RIA Board of Directors was announced today during the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. The following robotic industry leaders join the board for their first two-year terms:

  • Henrik Christensen, Director of Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology;
  • Chuck Keibler, Vice President, Genesis Systems Group, LLC; and
  • Pete Squires, Vice President, Schneider Packaging Equipment Company.

"RIA is now over 300 members strong," said Catherine Morris, Chair of the RIA Board and Director of Automotive Sales, ATI Industrial Automation. "I'm eager to continue growing our organization with this great group of dedicated board members. I welcome our new board members who I'm sure will provide an enthusiastic voice to the future of our association and industry. The board will continue building on the successes that we have experienced as an organization."

Morris is joined on the RIA Executive Committee by Past Chair Dean Elkins, Yaskawa Motoman; First Vice Chair Stu Shepherd, KUKA Robotics; Second Vice Chair John Dulchinos, Adept Technology; Secretary Curtis Richardson, Spirit Aerosystems; and RIA President Jeff Burnstein.

Re-elected to new two-year terms for 2013-14 are Tim DeRosett, Motoman Robotics; Joe Gemma, Staubli Robotics; Joyce Guthrie, USPS; Dana Komin, General Motors; Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble; and Steve Rock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Kirk Goins, Comau Robotics, was appointed by the board to the remaining one year left of an open term. Scot Lindemann, JR Automation, was re-appointed by the board to a two-year term as an at-large Director.

The remaining Board members for 2013 include John Bubnikovich, ABB Inc.; Mick Estes, FANUC Robotics America; and Michael Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies.

John Burg of Ellison Technologies Automation is retiring from the Board after eight years of dedicated service.