Since 1960, the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) has provided an objective, third-party assessment of skill levels and knowledge for thousands of fluid power professionals, making it the industry standard for the fluid power and motion control industries.
They established a special award to acknowledge individuals who have dedicated their careers and have made significant contributions to Fluid Power technology. The IFPS recently announced the induction of Kishor Patel and Myron J. Moser.
Originally from Bombay, India, Kishor J. Patel emigrated to the United States at age 17 in order to attend college. At the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Patel earned a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1963 and started his working career at Webster Electric in Racine, Wisconsin, learning about gear pumps.
From Webster, Kishor progressively worked for Racine Hydraulic (1968–1972) and Applied Power (1972–1990). He worked for several different Divisions within Applied Power, including Power Packer, Enerpac, Dynex Rivett, and Apitec.
Patel joined G.S. Hydraulic Sales in 1990 as the general manager with the option to purchase the business and subsequently executed the acquisition in 1992. He began the transition for G.S. Hydraulics from a fluid power component distributor business into a custom engineered solutions provider.
During his design career Kishor was either the primary or contributing inventor for 9 different patents, all involving proportional and pressure control valves, along with his early effort to integrate digital electronic controls. At the transformed G.S. Hydraulics, he continued to be an early adopter of integrated electronic / hydraulic solutions for equipment manufacturers.
Patel created one original patent and 10 more patents (two after retirement) to “fine tune” the original proportional electronic/hydraulic design. Each time there was enough additional design and technological innovation to require a full stand-alone patent.
Myron J. Moser is a devoted husband and father of two. His professional contributions include creating successful tools for talent recognition, as well as global sales planning. He is also the creator of CPR(r), a trademarked customer ROI-proving process. Myron is a regular speaker at high schools, where he teaches high school youth how to discover their life’s purpose and build a pathway toward it.
As the Chairman of the Hennepin Technical College Foundation Board, he raises funds for grants, scholarships and in-kind donations. The HTC Foundation Board has raised over $18 million since inception in 1999.
Additionally, he serves as a board member for a national building products manufacturer and as a Strategic Advisory Board member for an international tax credit firm. He has also lobbied U.S. Senators and Representatives in Washington, D.C., advocating for increased Pell Grant and Perkins funding to benefit underserved populations.
Myron’s educational achievements include a degree in Fluid Power Technology from Minnesota West College. He completed Distribution Management at Texas A&M. He also completed Designing the Innovative Organization at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was chosen as one of the five Finalists to present his project findings to the International class.
His career began at Fauver Company (now Sunsource), working there from 1980 to 1987 before joining Air Automation Engineering, where he worked from 1988 to 1990. From 1990 to 2021, he dedicated himself to Hartfiel Automation Inc., progressively assuming roles of increased responsibility, including Vice President in 1994, President in 1995, and CEO in 1997. Myron bought out the Founder in 1999 and continued as Majority Owner, President, CEO, and Chairman from 2000 to 2021. Under Myron’s leadership, Hartfiel Automation expanded significantly. Since 2000, Myron and his Hartfiel Automation Team purchased (5) Companies and founded (4) more. Today, all (9) locations are growing and thriving in Pneumatics, Automation, Motion Control, and Robotics.
Beyond his professional life, Myron enjoys traveling, flying his family as a fully Instrument rated private pilot. He is an avid reader. He collects and restores antique cars, trucks, and tractors. Myron holds a 1st degree decided Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is also the founder and former drummer of a successful classic rock band.
IFPS will induct Kishor Patel and Myron J. Moser into the Fluid Power Hall of Fame at their September 2023 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.
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