Top Association Leaders Moving Their Industries Forward

Advancing and representing an entire industry is a complex and challenging endeavor. Thanks to associations, industries have a cornerstone for resources, community, a shared purpose, common goals and a central voice for members and stakeholders. From establishing standards, to continuing education and certifying members and their businesses through training, to exclusive networking and more, associations lay the groundwork for innovation into the future.

Below are the associations, (in alphabetical order) we see going the extra mile to advance their industries and constituencies in achieving success on the global stage today, tomorrow and beyond. From offering access to the latest research and technologies, to continuing education programs, and much more, these associations provide comprehensive support and services to propel industries forward.

Ben Succop, Chairman

American Bearings Manufacturers Association (ABMA)

The Association features courses and events focused on new technologies in the industry, helping members stay ahead in innovation and forward thinking. ABMA also offers the unique opportunity to be a part of various committees that address critical issues impacting the global bearing industry and strengthening the value of membership in the association.


Dennis Slater, President, @DennisSlater

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is passionate about creating a community where they can make a positive and lasting change for equipment manufacturers to be successful in the global marketplace. The association raises public awareness of innovative solutions that contribute to health, quality of life, economic growth, employment and a cleaner environment.


Douglas Woods, President, @DouglasWoods

Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

The AMT offers programs and services that foster growth in members’ businesses in multiple areas including product innovation, market expansion, and employee development. The association provides access to leading edge, and potentially disruptive, technologies to increase global competitiveness and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow.


Ed Youdell, President and CEO, @EYoudell

Fabricators and Manufacturing Association (FMA)

With various membership tier options to suit an individual or business need, the association offers in-depth training programs, benchmark surveys, industry-exclusive networking events, and access to its 55 market-leading publications including The FABRICATOR and more. The plethora of resources available help metal fabrication professionals thrive and move metal fabrication forward.


Jay Timmons, President and CEO, @JayTimmonsNAM

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

NAM works on behalf of more than the 12.8 million men and women who make things in America. The association is grounded on four values including free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. By investing in mobilization and innovative programs, NAM shows it’s commitment in investing in the industry and communities across the country.


Jim Pauley, President and CEO, @JimPauley

National Fire Protection Association

It’s comforting to know there is a leading global advocate striving to protect individuals and property and prevent economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. Through public education, training, community outreach, and more, the NFPA can effectively advance and promote safety solutions. From electricians to engineers to first responders, the NFPA maintains and continually builds a network of intelligence to keep our increasingly complex world safe.


Roger Atkins, President, @RogerAtkins

National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA)

The future of American manufacturing has remained the NTMA’s focus since 1943. Its national apprentice program demonstrates strong commitment to small and medium size businesses, and student’s high placement rates are achieved through its training centers. The NTMA is the nation’s only American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited developer of precision manufacturing skill standards and competency assessments – creating instant value on the shop floor.


Steve Udvardy, President, @SteveUdvardy

North American Die Casting Association (NADCA)

By offering the latest research, involvement in Washington advocacy, access to exclusive survey reports on the industry, educational webinars, and exclusive networking, the NADCA is a powerhouse for the future of the die casting industry. NADCA and its member companies follow the mindset of continual innovation and improvement and apply sustainability principles in die castings manufacturing and distribution.

@North American Die Casting Association

Jason Neal, General Manager and Executive Director, @JasonNeal

Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada (SAWDAC)

SAWDAC sets the bar high in helping consumers and renovators build better businesses through its training seminars, brochures, and videos. SAWDAC’s innovative Window Wise program is a quality assurance program that provides consumers a level of confidence and peace of mind simply not available anywhere else.


David Loftus, President and CEO, @DavidLoftus

The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA)

ECIA is where business optimization, product authentication and industry advocacy join together. Not only can members connect with potential customers, peers and competitors to ignite innovation, they can optimize operational strategies to increase profitability through exclusive access to market intelligence and influence policies and best practices that directly impact supply chain efficiency and the electronic industry’s future.


Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director, @DonnaPollander

The International Fluid Power Society

The Association is advancing careers of those working in the fluid power and motion control industry through the powerful trifecta of awareness, education, and certification. Its objective third party certification enables individuals to stay on top of changing fluid power and motion control technologies.


Philip Bibeau, Executive Director, @PhilipBibeau

Wood Products Manufacturers Association

With COVID-19 affecting the economy, WPMA actively provides programs and services that help a company remain competitive in the global economy. Its solutions can help well trained employees get back to work, and the Associations’ individually tailored insurance protection and risk management programs are made for the unique needs of the wood products industry.

@Wood Products Manufacturers Association

Michael O’Brien, President & CEO, @MichaelOBrien

Window and Door Manufacturers Association

From developing industry market studies, to offering in-depth COVID-19 resources for its members, to promoting cost-effectiveness in the energy code development process, the WDMA shows its commitment to members and the industry. In addition, the Association provides insightful forecasts for all aspects of the residential, remodeling, multifamily and commercial markets, as well as the window and door demand, and contractor sentiment, to help individuals and businesses prepare for tomorrow and beyond.


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