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Distributors' group selects officers.

At its annual meeting in April in Scottsdale, Ariz., the American Machine Tool Distributors' Assn. elected new officers and board members.

AMTDA members unanimously elected nine leaders. W. Kent Lorenz, CMTSE, president of the Midwest Division of Ellison Technologies Inc. (Pewaukee, Wis.), was selected as association chairman. Lorenz succeeds Lynne Anderson, general manager of Able Machine Tool Sales (Agawam, Mass.).

Elected to the trade group's post of chairman-elect is David C. Smith, CMTSE. Smith is vice president at C.J. Smith Machinery (Fenton, Mo.). The association's treasurer is Joseph A. Braun, CMTSE, president of Braun Machinery Co., Inc. (Grand Rapids, Mich.). The group's new secretary is Van Crotts, CMTSE. Crotts, the president of Crotts & Saunders Engineering, Inc. (Winston-Salem, N.C.), is the son of Marcus Crotts, who served as the association's chairman in 1982.

AMTDA also selected members to its board of directors. George Michel, VP at Moncktons Machine Tools, Inc. (Westminster, Colo.), is named association senior director. Directors-at-large are Gary Anderegg, president of Machine Toolworks, Inc. (Tukwilla, Wash.); Cindy Gossett, CFO at J&H Machine Tools, Inc. (Charlotte, N.C.); Ronald Mager, president of COO of Machinery Systems, Inc. (Schaumburg, Ill.); and Rodger Pinney, president and CEO of United Grinding Technologies, Inc. (Miamisburg, Ohio).

At the meeting, outgoing chairman Anderson was praised by several members for the leadership she showed during her tenure, especially in light of the high turnover of paid association staff in the past year and a half. The head of that staff, association president John Healy, CAE, described the meeting as record-setting and said that it was declared by attendees and the "best ever." Healy succeeded Ralph Nappi in the post in November 2005.

AMTDA's next annual meeting is scheduled for April 6-9, 2008, on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The distributors' organization also recently recognized 21 new Certified Machine Tool Sales Engineers. Of the group, a dozen are affiliated with Hardinge, Inc. The CMTSE program acknowledges individuals who have achieved a demonstrated level of competency in machine-tool sales. More than 515 builder and distributor organizations in the U.S. and Canada participate.

Amer Machine Tool Distributors' Assn., Rockville, Md 301-738-1200.
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Date:May 11, 2007
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