The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has recently announced the new appointments of directors and officers. The leadership team is expanded in response to the year-over-year growth in the group’s annual conference and the proposed growth in future years.
AMUG appointed Gary Rabinovitz, manager of the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Reebok International Ltd. and a past president of AMUG, as the chairman of the board, based on his past leadership and contributions to AMUG. Rabinovitz led the users group during its transition from a technology focus to an industry-wide organization. Mark Barfoot, president and former chairman, will retain a director position on the board.
AMUG Board has created four deputy vice president positions, in which appointed Paul Bates, lead additive manufacturing development engineer at UL, and Derek Ellis, senior applications engineer for Computer Aided Technology, Inc., to fill the two positions. Both will assist the elected vice presidents, Steve Deak and Dana Foster, in developing sponsorships, promoting the user group and overseeing the AMUG expo.
Paul Bates has volunteered his services to assist AMUG and with the support of UL, will be more involved in the organization as one of its officers. Derek Ellis, a past AMUG vice president and advisor, will focus on the new AMUG members and first-time conference attendees.
Mark Abshire, an application engineer at Computer Aided Technology, Inc., has also been reappointed as an advisor to the organization. Abshire, a past AMUG vice president, has served as an advisor for the past two years, and his primary responsibility will continue to be overseeing registration for the annual AMUG Conference.
Barfoot states: “With the men and women that we now have as directors and officers, AMUG has a leadership team that I look forward to leading; a team that will ensure continued growth and success.”