AMUG announces board members for 2024-2025 term

April 23, 2024

April 23, 2024

AMUG’s 2024-2025 board is (top, from left) Shannon VanDeren, Tim Bell, Robin Van Bragt, and Heather Natal. (middle, from left) Ed Graham, Tom Sorovetz, and Claire Belson Barnes. (bottom, from left) Bruce LeMaster and Daniel Landgraf (Courtesy AMUG)
AMUG’s 2024-2025 board is (top, from left) Shannon VanDeren, Tim Bell, Robin Van Bragt, and Heather Natal. (middle, from left) Ed Graham, Tom Sorovetz, and Claire Belson Barnes. (bottom, from left) Bruce LeMaster and Daniel Landgraf (Courtesy AMUG)

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced the election of three individuals to its board of directors for the next term. Shannon VanDeren, Tim Bell, and Claire Belson Barnes will serve as President, Vice President, and Director of Membership, respectively. Separately, the AMUG Board appointed Daniel Landgraf as Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors and Bruce LeMaster as Director at Large to fill vacated positions.

The results of the vote by AMUG Members, announced on March 13, 2024, during the annual AMUG business meeting, reflect a vote of confidence in the current leadership with VanDeren and Belson Barnes re-elected to their positions for second terms. Bell, who has demonstrated his commitment and capabilities as Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors, will assume new responsibilities as Vice President.

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VanDeren served on the board for two years as Vice President and President, was a Track Leader for eight years, and earned the Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) Award in 2017. Belson Barnes, who received the Guy E Bourdeau Scholarship in 2017, has served on the board for one year and has chaired or been a member of the Registration and Scholarship Committees. Bell has served on the AMUG Board for three years as Director of Business Development and Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors, and he received a DINO Award in 2023.

Per the AMUG Bylaws, the board appointed Landgraf as Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors for the one year remaining in Bell’s original term. With Gary Rabinovitz’s retirement from the Director at Large position at the end of his term, the board named LeMaster to fill this appointed position. Rabinovitz, who received AMUG’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2024 conference, has served as an AMUG Officer or Director since 2011 and has been an active participant and contributor for the past 24 years.

LeMaster is returning to the AMUG Board, having served six years as Vice Chair, Chair, and Past Chair. He received a DINO Award in 2007 and has since contributed as a Technical Competition judge, session moderator, and panellist in technical sessions. Landgraf has also served as a member of the International Committee for two years and has volunteered at AMUG Conferences since 2021.

“We recognise the enormous commitment Gary has made to the AMUG community and are thankful for his dedication to our growth,” Shannon VanDeren, current and incoming President, shared. “The board of directors that will serve AMUG for 2024-2025 is comprised of a variety of backgrounds, skillsets, AM disciplines, years in the industry, and personalities. Yet collectively, they are focused and committed to upholding the integrity and purpose of AMUG.”

“We will have the opportunity to glean from the diverse perspectives and viewpoints of our board members, consisting of men and women, US and international citizens, engineers and non-engineers, as well as people with business-oriented and technically focused careers. I look forward to healthy conversations and a forward-moving approach,” VanDeren continued.

The multi-year terms for these positions will commence on July 1, 2024. The balance of the board includes three elected positions and one appointed position, each with one or more years remaining in their terms.

The AMUG Board Members for the 2024-2025 term are:

  • Officers
    • President: Shannon VanDeren, Layered Manufacturing & Consulting
    • Vice President: Tim Bell, Sciath aiM Forge Inc
    • Treasurer: Robin Van Bragt, Eagle Design & Technology, Inc.
    • Secretary: Heather Natal, GoEngineer
  • Directors
    • Director at Large: Bruce LeMaster, Applied Rapid Technologies
    • Director of Education & Conference: Ed Graham, Prototek
    • Director of Events and Hospitality: Thomas Sorovetz. T. A. Sorovetz, LLC
    • Director of Membership: Clair Belson Barnes, LightForce
    • Director of Sponsors & Exhibitors: Daniel Landgraf, KraussMaffei Technologies

The board’s primary responsibilities will include building the programme for the 2025 conference, soliciting support from businesses in the Additive Manufacturing industry, and overseeing the event’s day-to-day activities. The all-inclusive, five-day conference will feature workshops, instructional sessions, technical presentations, the AMUGexpo, and the Special Event & Dinner. The 2025 AMUG Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 30-April 3, 2025.

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