At the Valve Manufacturers Association’s 78th Annual Meeting, held Sept. 21-23 in Rancho Mirage, CA, Bob Kemple of ASCO (2015/16 VMA Chairman) passed the gavel for the coming year to Jim White of Curtiss-Wright, who will chair VMA through the 2017 annual meeting. The election took place at the association’s annual business meeting on Sept. 22.
In addition, Mark Nahorski of PBM becomes VMA’s vice chairman for the coming year, while David Hughes of Pentair takes on the role of program chairman. Kemple remains on the board in his capacity as immediate past chairman.
Continuing on the board until 2019 are: Bryan Burns (DeZURIK); Patrick Dunn (Metso Automation); and John Lenander (Flowserve). Also continuing on the board with terms expiring in either 2017 or 2018 are: Arie Bregman (DFT Inc.); James Gray (GE Oil & Gas); Bruce Johnson (Emerson Process Management); Brad Ellis (Crane Co.); Jim Walther (Kitz Corp. of America); Ron Warren (Bray International); and Brian Wright (A-T Controls). Joining the board is Douglas Meikle (Cameron). Retiring from the board is Greg Rogowski (Mueller Co.).
VRC Member Receives Top Honor
VMA annually designates one person as “Person of the Year.” This honor is intended to recognize an individual member who has devoted an extra measure of his or her time and talents to support the activities and programs of the VMA or Valve Repair Council (VRC). The 2016 recipient of this award is Kim Beise of Dowco Valve Company, Hastings, MN. In the more than 25 years since the Valve Repair Council was formed, this is only the second time a VRC member has been selected for this prestigious award.
Beise has been active in the VRC for almost 15 years and has served as a member of the council’s board of directors for 12 years. He assumed the chairmanship in 2015. He has also been active on the VMA side by volunteering as an instructor at the association’s highly successful Valve Basics Seminar; in addition, he was selected in 2015 to serve on the VMA Education & Training Committee as the committee’s PRV (pressure relief valve) expert.