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Dean Elkins of Motoman Selected as Chairman of the Robotic Industries Association

ATI's Catherine Morris Serves as First Vice Chair

Apex, NC,  February 8, 2010

RIA MEMBER SEAL_RGB_small.jpgDean Elkins, Senior General Manager of Motoman Inc. (West Carrollton, Ohio), has been elected as the new Chairman of Robotic Industries Association (RIA) for 2010. RIA has been the industry’s trade group since 1974. Elkins is RIA’s 19th Chairman. He succeeds Richard Litt, Founder and Chairman of Genesis Systems Group, LLC (Davenport, Iowa), who served as RIA Chairman in 2008 and 2009. Litt will continue to serve on the RIA Board as Past Chair.


Elkins has been on the RIA Board of Directors since 2000, and was most recently the RIA First Vice Chair. He has been extensively involved in other RIA activities including serving on the Statistics and Show Committees, moderator for the Robotic Industries Forum and as Membership Committee Chairman.


Regarding the association, Elkins says, “I look forward to steering RIA’s growth as we emerge from some trying economic times. It is the RIA’s goal to continue to deliver association growth by demonstrating our value to automation suppliers, systems integrators, the automotive and non-automotive communities, educators and consultants. We can do this through continued promotion of the identity of the RIA.”


“I am excited about working closely with the RIA Board and staff as well as the Automated Imaging Association and Motion Control Association Boards to help instill a new excitement and synergy in the automation industry and our Automation Technologies Council. A few of the initiatives that we will focus on include brand awareness of the RIA, retooling our trade show and conference events to add new relevance to them, certification programs for systems integrators and educators, and the development and proliferation of new safety standard specifications,” Elkins explained.


ATI_Catherine_Morris.jpgCatherine Morris, Senior Account Manager with ATI Industrial Automation for over 15 years, has been elected to the role of First Vice Chair and will provide close support to Mr. Elkins as he advances his objectives. Morris, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2004, is the first female in RIA's history to hold an officer's position. Morris states "I am very excited to be a part of the leadership of our association as we seek ways to better support our member companies and grow business for all of us. The RIA website, www.robotics.org, draws more than 19,000 visits per month! People are coming to RIA for solutions and assistance. More and more companies are seeing the value of RIA membership and our ranks are growing. I look forward to working closely with Mr. Elkins and RIA staff to continue to serve our industry as we introduce new member benefits, reach out to integrators and our educational community, and look to re-invent our trade show to offer solutions to attendees. Our hope is to make the 2011 show THE PLACE TO GO for automation advice!"


In addition to Elkins, Litt and Morris, three other Directors comprise the 2010 RIA Executive Committee including: Stuart Shepherd of KUKA Robotics as Second Vice Chair; Michael Kunkle of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. as Secretary & Treasurer and Jeff Burnstein, RIA President.


The RIA Board is comprised of sixteen industry leaders, each serving two-year terms. Five seats were elected for the 2010-2011 term. Joining Elkins on the Board, in the user category and elected for his first two-year term, is Director Curtis Richardson of Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Re-elected Directors are John Dulchinos, Adept Technology, Inc.; Mick Estes, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.; Michael Jacobs, Applied Manufacturing Technologies and Ake Lindqvist, ABB, Inc. Dana Komin, Director, Controls, Conveyors, Robotics & Welding, General Motors Corporation, departs the Board.


Founded in 1974, RIA represents some 250 North American companies including leading robot manufacturers, component suppliers, system integrators, end users, research groups, and consulting firms. The association sponsors the biennial International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show and Conference, plus many regional events, and is secretariat of the ANSI/RIA R15.06-1999 Robot Safety Standard. RIA also serves as North America’s representative to the International Federation of Robotics and is the only source of North American robot sales statistics.


For more information about the Robotic Industries Association, visit www.robotics.org or contact RIA Headquarters at 734-994-6088.


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