A3 Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Dean Elkins, Sr., general manager at Yaskawa Motoman, is the new chairperson of the board.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) 2014 Board of Directors was announced during the A3 Business Forum in Orlando, Fla. Dean Elkins, Sr., general manager at Yaskawa Motoman, is the new chairperson of the board.

“It is truly an honor to be named as Chair of A3,” Mr. Elkins says. “The chance to help proliferate automation along side talented industry advocates representing robotics, vision, and motion control is an exciting opportunity. I look forward to furthering the A3 mission of demonstrating a strong business case of why it is imperative to automate processes across a variety of industries in order to remain globally competitive. Supporting RIA, AIA, and MCA in spreading their respective messages of how to automate, will be a very satisfying opportunity.”

The board consists of eight members from A3’s affiliated association boards. Representing the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) along with Mr. Elkins is Catherine Morris, ATI Industrial Automation, and Stu Shepherd, KUKA Robot Group. Representing AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging is Greg Hollows, Edmund Optics; Steve Mott, Components Express Inc.; and Rusty Ponce de Leon, Phase 1 Technology and vice chair of the A3 Board. Representing the Motion Control Association (MCA) is John Hegel, American Control Electronics, and Bill Steury, Cross Automation. Jeff Burnstein, A3 president, is also a member of the board.

Mr. Elkins is replacing Michael Cyros, president, Allied Vision Technologies Inc., who is retiring from the board after more than a decade of service to A3.