Slate of Nominees Selected for 2024-25 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 NFPA’s Annual Business Meeting, which will take place February 28, 2024 at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, in Orlando, FL. All terms will begin July 1, 2024.

Only the Official Company Representatives (OCRs) of the NFPA Manufacturer and Distributor Member companies are eligible to vote on February 28. If one of these individuals is not in attendance, 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, 2025

For Chair

  • Keith Simons, President/CEO

OEM Controls

For Vice Chair

  • James Slone, EVP, Business Development


For Treasurer

  • David Price, Vice President, Business Development


For Secretary

  • Mark Snyder, Vice President, Market Management



Terms expiring June 30, 2027

  • John Falcon, SVP/COO

ROSS Controls

  • Daniel Lavelle, Senior Vice President

Bosch Rexroth

  • Paul Ludwig, President & CEO

Hydro Electronic Devices (HED)

  • Kevin Kampe, President

Womack Machine Supply


Terms expiring June 30, 2026

  • Christian Eitel, Vice President, Engineering

Bucher Hydraulics

  • Scott Meldeau, Vice President, Global Strategic Growth


  • Andrew Smulski, Global President, Fluid Conveyance

Danfoss Power Solutions


Terms expiring June 30, 2025

  • Berend Bracht, President, Motion Systems Group

Parker Hannifin

  • Patrick Green, Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Kraft Fluid Systems

  • Tom Hunter, Executive Vice President, Off Highway Division

Husco (as a Past Chair of the Board)

  • Christopher Kolbe, Vice President, Sales & Marketing

HYDAC Technology Corporation

  • Markus Rauchhaus, Chief Executive Officer

Nott Company

  • Ben Wallis, Enterprise Account Executive


Note that in accordance with the NFPA bylaws, nine 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 2024-25, 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 pertain to up to four Director-level Board seats (which can be offered to either Manufacturer or Distributor members at the discretion of the Nominating Committee), the Officer positions (which are nominated separately and can contain any number of Manufacturer or Distributor members), or the most recent Past Chair of the Board (who continues to serve as Director-level Board member).

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