Reminder: Slate of Nominees Selected for 2018-19 NFPA Board of Directors



The NFPA Nominating Committee has recommended the following industry leaders for positions on the NFPA Board of Directors. The election will take place during the Annual Meeting at NFPA’s Annual Conference at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Florida, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. All terms will begin July 1, 2018.

Only the Official Company Representatives (OCRs) of the NFPA Manufacturer and Distributor Member companies are eligible to vote on February 21. If one of these individuals is not in attendance in Orlando, they may proxy their vote to another company representative who will be in attendance, or complete and send in a written ballot. The written ballot can be found here. To proxy, please send an email to identifying the individual who will vote on your company’s behalf.




Terms expiring June 30, 2019

For Chair
Jon Goreham

For Vice Chair
John L. Stenz
Chairman & CEO
FORCE America, Inc.

For Treasurer
Ray Chambers
Chairman, CEO & President
Muncie Power Products

For Secretary
Jeff Hand
President & CEO
ROSS Controls






Terms expiring June 30, 2021

 Rick Bush
President & CEO
Micromatic LLC

 John Campbell
Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc

Keith Simons
OEM Controls, Inc.




Terms expiring June 30, 2020

Paul Cooke
President & CEO
Bosch Rexroth Americas

Tom Hunter
VP of Global Business Development
HUSCO International

Volker Schmitz
Schmalz, Inc.

 Jim Slone
Executive Vice President

Marc Weston
(as a Past Chair of the Board)





Terms expiring June 30, 2019

Michael Chung
President, Automation Group
Parker Hannifin

Tricia Fulton
Sun Hydraulics
(as a Past Chair of the Board)

Dave Hahne
Industrial Hard Chrome

Richard Huss
President & CEO
Festo Corporation

 Jim Kaas
Iowa Fluid Power

Note that in accordance with the NFPA bylaws, nine of the twelve Director-level Board seats are allocated to Manufacturer, Distributor and Supplier members in numbers proportionate to the contributions of these three constituencies to NFPA’s overall dues revenue. This calculation is performed each fiscal year, based on the rolling averages of the previous three fiscal years. For 2018-19, the calculation has resulted in an allocation of 7 seats to Manufacturer members, 1 seat to a Distributor member, and 1 seat to a Supplier member.

This allocation does not include: (a) the three remaining Director-level Board seats, which are nominated at the discretion of the Nominating Committee and can contain any number of Manufacturer, Distributor or Supplier members; (b) the Officer positions, which are nominated separately and can contain any number of Manufacturer or Distributor members; or (c) the two most recent Past Chairs of the Board still serving in Director positions.

Adoption of this slate of candidates will therefore leave one Director position vacant. This vacancy is the result of a recent resignation from a Board nominee. In accordance with the NFPA bylaws, the Nominating Committee will identify an appropriate candidate for this position and, following the Annual Conference, the Board will vote on their appointment.