Members Elect 2019-20 Board of Directors at Annual Business Meeting

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By Eric Lanke
NFPA President/CEO

During NFPA’s 2019 Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with our March 5-7 Annual Conference in Laguna Beach, California, NFPA members elected the Board of Directors for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Although new Board terms don’t begin until the start of our new fiscal year on July 1, we use the opportunity for members to elect the Board during the Annual Business Meeting because many of NFPA’s Official Company Representatives (OCRs), who are eligible to vote, attend the Annual Conference. OCRs not in attendance were able to submit a proxy vote.

Our Board Chair, Jon Goreham of QCC, read the slate of 2019-20 Board candidates identified by our Nominating Committee:

Terms expiring June 30, 2020
John Stenz, Chair & CEO, FORCE America, Inc.
Vice Chair
Ray Chambers, Chair, CEO & President, Muncie Power Products
Jeff Hand, President & CEO, ROSS Controls
Jim Kaas, President, Iowa Fluid Power

Terms expiring June 30, 2020
Paul Cooke, President & CEO, Bosch Rexroth
Tom Hunter, Vice President, Husco
Volker Schmitz, President, Schmalz
Jim Slone, Vice President, SunSource
Marc Weston (as a Past Chair of the Board)

Terms expiring June 30, 2021
Risk Bush, President & CEO, Micromatic
John Campbell, President, Clippard Laboratory Instruments
Jon Goreham, President, QCC, LCC (as a Past Chair of the Board)
Keith Simons, President, OEM Controls
Tony Welter, Vice President, Eaton

Terms expiring June 30, 2022
Nicole Farrell, Sales & Marketing Manager, Fluidyne
Bram Mason, Fluid Power Director, BDI
Tony Vaughan, Vice President, Parker Hannifin
Roscoe Wallace, Director of Marketing, Kaiser Aluminum

A motion was subsequently made, seconded, and carried by an affirmative vote of all voting members present to approve this slate as NFPA’s 2019-20 Board of Directors.

I would personally like to thank each of our current and future Board members for the personal and professional commitments they make in support of NFPA’s mission to strengthen the fluid power industry. Their diverse and unique perspectives help keep the association focused on both the immediate needs of our members and the long-term needs of our industry. Any member interested in being considered for future Board service should feel free to contact me at

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