2014 RIA Board of Directors Election Results Announced

(Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - January 23, 2014) The 2014 RIA Board of Directors election results were announced today during the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. Stu Shepherd, CEO - Americas, KUKA Robot Group, was named the new Chairperson. Joining Shepherd on the RIA Executive Committee includes the following robotic industry leaders:


*Past Chair Catherine Morris, ATI Industrial Automation;
*First Vice Chair Joe Gemma, Staubli Robotics;
*Second Vice Chair Mike Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies;
*Secretary Curtis Richardson, Spirit Aerosystems; and
*RIA President Jeff Burnstein.

"I'm thrilled to be named Chair of the RIA board," said Shepherd. "For the past 40 years, RIA has made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the robotics industry. I, along with my dedicated board colleagues, look forward to continuing that tradition of service to the industry. It's an exciting time for robotics as innovative technologies have allowed for growth of automation into new industries in North America and abroad."

Joining the board for his first two-year term is Brian Behm, PaR Systems, Inc. Re-elected to new two-year terms for 2014-15 are John Bubnikovich, ABB Inc.; Mick Estes, FANUC America Corp.; and Kirk Goins, Comau Robotics.

The remaining Board members for 2014 include Henrik Christensen, Georgia Institute of Technology; John Clark, Epson America; Tim DeRosett, Yaskawa Motoman; Dean Elkins, Yaskawa Motoman; Joyce Guthrie, USPS; Charles Keibler, Genesis Systems Group; Dana Komin, General Motors; Mark Lewandowski, Procter & Gamble; Scot Lindemann, JR Automation; Steve Rock, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Pete Squires, Schneider Packaging Equipment.

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 325 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 (March 23-26, 2015 in Chicago), the National Robot Safety Conference (October 2014) and the Robotics Industry Forum (January 22-24, 2014 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, and Motion Control Association (MCA). RIA, AIA, and MCA combined represent 750 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, MCA.

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