The Valve Manufacturers Association of America (VMA) reported Nov. 28 that its members elected its 2022-23 board of directors, following the announcement of the slate of candidates at its annual meeting, which took place in September. VMA’s board chair for 2022-23 is Matt Thiel, president of Auma Actuators Inc.
“The industrial valve industry is facing new challenges, and Ron Warren’s leadership over the last year positioned VMA to tackle tomorrow’s issues as we implement the three-year strategic plan approved last year.” says Thiel. “It’s an honor to continue what Ron and the other chairs who have served before me have started, while adding my own legacy to the VMA. I look forward to serving as chair as our industry transitions from pandemic recovery to taking on new challenges such as energy transition and sustainability, workforce development, supply chain delays and material shortages, and any other issues that may come up during my tenure.”
Andy Duffy, sales VP at Emerson/ASCO, will serve as the 202-23 vice board chair and treasurer. Other members of VMA’s executive committee include:
- Nathan Brunell, product line GM at Baker Hughes;
- Kirk Wilson, president of the flow control division at Flowserve; and
- Warren, president and COO of Bray International Inc., who serves as immediate past chair.
In addition to the executive committee, the following VMA members are returning as board members:
- Alejandro Alcala, senior VP, Crane Co.,
- Mark Claffey, president, Trillium Valves USA,
- Danilo Garcia, president, RF Valves Inc.,
- Seth Guterman, CEO, American Valve,
- David Loula, director of global products and markets at ITT Engineered Valves,
- Kevin McKown, regional president for the Aericas at IMI Critical Engineering,
- Kevin Tinsley, senior VP of global operations, Valmet,
- Rob Velan, executive VP, MRO and aftermarket and vice board chair at Velan Valve Corp., and
- Brian Wright, president and CEO at A-T Controls.
The board also approved Andrew Masullo, senior GM of the valves division at Curtiss Wright, who was elected to a three-year term.