Valve Manufacturers Association Names New Board

Nov. 29, 2022
Matt Thiel is elected chairman of the board of VMA.

The Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) membership elects the 2022-2023 board of directors, following the announcement of the slate of candidates at its annual meeting, which took place in September. VMA’s chairman of the board for 2022-2023 is Matt Thiel, president of AUMA Actuators, Inc.

“The industrial valve industry is facing new challenges, and Ron Warren’s leadership over the last year has positioned VMA to be ready to tackle tomorrow’s issues as we implement the 3-year strategic plan that was approved last year,” says Thiel in a press release from the organization. “It’s an honor to continue what Ron and the other chairs who have served before me have started while adding my own legacy to the VMA. I look forward to serving as chair as our industry transitions from pandemic recovery to taking on new challenges such as energy transition and sustainability, workforce development, supply chain delays and material shortages, and any other issues that may come up during my tenure.”

Andy Duffy, vice president sales, Emerson/ASCO, will serve as the 2022-2023 vice chairman of the board and treasurer. Other members of the executive committee include: Nathan Brunell, product line general manager, Baker Hughes; Kirk Wilson, president, Flow Control Division, Flowserve; and Ron Warren, president and COO of Bray International, Inc., who serves as immediate past chair.

In addition to the executive committee, the following VMA members are returning as board members:

  • Alejandro Alcala, senior vice-president, Crane Co.
  • Mark Claffey, president, Trillium Valves USA
  • Danilo Garcia, president, RF Valves, Inc.
  • Seth Guterman, CEO, American Valve
  • David Loula, director, global products and markets, ITT Engineered Valves
  • Kevin McKown, regional president, Americas – IMI Critical Engineering
  • Kevin J. Tinsley, senior vice president global operations, Valmet
  • Rob Velan, Executive Vice-President, MRO & Aftermarket and Vice-Chairman of the Board, Velan Valve Corporation
  • Brian Wright, president/CEO, A-T Controls

The board of directors also approved Andrew Masullo, senior general manager of valves division, Curtiss Wright, who was elected to a 3-year term.

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