The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has elected four members to its Board of Directors.
Heather Natal, Thomas Sorovetz, Jordan Weston, and Tim Bell have been assigned the roles of Secretary, Director of Event & Hospitality, Director of Education & Conference, and Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors, respectively. Additionally, Robin Van Bragt has been appointed as Treasurer by the AMUG Board, a position that holds officer status. Vince Anewenter, who served as Treasurer for a decade, has decided to step down. Nevertheless, he will remain involved with the board in a supportive capacity as the Immediate Past Treasurer.
The commencement of the multi-year terms for these positions is scheduled for July 1, 2023. The remaining composition of the board consists of four elected positions and one appointed position, all of which have one year remaining in their respective terms. Furthermore, the Past President and Immediate Past Treasurer are also part of the board’s composition.
Mark Abshire, AMUG President, said, “I look forward to working with our 2023-2024 Board of Directors. I welcome our newest board members, Robin Van Bragt (Treasurer) and Heather Natal (Secretary). I also congratulate Jordan Weston (Director of Education and Conference), Tom Sorovetz (Director of Event and Hospitality), and Tim Bell (Director of Sponsors and Exhibitors) on their re-elections.”
Involvement, awards, and transitions within the AMUG community
These individuals who have recently been elected and appointed have been actively engaged with AMUG and the AMUG Conference for a considerable duration, contributing to various roles. Each of them has been honored with the esteemed DINO Award from AMUG. AMUG says this “prestigious accolade” acknowledges their selfless dedication to AMUG, its members, and the additive manufacturing community.
In a vote of confidence, Weston, Sorovetz, and Bell have been re-elected for their second terms as Directors. Natal, on the other hand, will be serving on the AMUG Board as an Officer for the first time, taking over the role previously held by Leslie Frost, who chose not to seek a third term as Secretary.
After the conclusion of the AMUG Conference, Jason Dickman decided to resign from his position as Director of Membership. Citing time constraints due to his roles as Chairman and CTO of ClassIQmfg.com for the decision. As per the provisions outlined in the AMUG Bylaws, the board will proceed to appoint an individual to fulfill the remaining duration of Dickman’s term. Abshire said, “I would like to thank Jason Dickman for his service this past year as Director of Membership.”
Main responsibilities of the board and details of the 2024 AMUG conference
The main responsibilities of the board will involve developing the program for the upcoming 2024 conference, seeking support from businesses within the additive manufacturing industry, and ensuring the smooth management of the event’s daily operations.
The five-day conference will feature a diverse array of activities such as interactive workshops, educational instructional sessions, technical presentations, the AMUGexpo, and an off-site dinner.
The 2023- 2024 AMUG Board members
- President: Mark Abshire, Retired
- Vice President: Shannon VanDeren, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting
- Treasurer: Robin Van Bragt, Eagle Design & Technology, Inc.
- Secretary: Heather Natal, GoEngineer
- Director at Large: Gary Rabinovitz, Reebok International
- Director of Education & Conference: Jordan Weston, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
- Director of Events and Hospitality: Thomas Sorovetz. T. A. Sorovetz, LLC
- Director of Membership: to be appointed
- Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors: Tim Bell, MELD Manufacturing Corporation
- Past President: Carl Dekker, Met-L-Flo
- Immediate Past Treasurer: Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
The upcoming 2024 AMUG Conference is scheduled to take place in Chicago, Illinois, from March 10 – 14.
More information about AMUG 2024 and the full conference program can be found here.
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Featured image shows the newly elected/appointed AMUG Board members (from left): Heather Natal, Robin Van Bragt, (second row), Jordan Weston, Thomas Sorovetz, and Tim Bell. Image via AMUG.