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Committees

NFPA is a member-driven organization. Association committees and boards take the lead in directing projects that not only strengthen the fluid power industry, but also provide members with tools for their own success.

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Participants benefit personally and professionally, too. While working together for the good of the industry, they have the opportunity to develop strong relationships with other industry leaders. As a member of NFPA, this is your opportunity to:

  • Let your voice be heard
  • Interact with your peers
  • Learn more about the fluid power industry
  • Help inform others about your industry

 

Governance Bodies

The Board and the committees it appoints to fulfills its obligations. Sets the strategic vision; ensures appropriate resources to accomplish it. 

  • Executive Committee
  • Audit and Investment Committee

Committee Mission

The Executive Committee acts on the Board’s behalf between Board meetings and serves as NFPA's nominating committee.

 Committee Members

  • Chair: Ray Chambers, Muncie Power Products
  • Vice Chair: Jeff Hand, ROSS Controls
  • Tom Hunter, Husco
  • Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • John Stenz, FORCE America

Meeting Frequency

The Executive Committee holds its meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Directors three times each year. Additional meetings and/or conference calls are scheduled as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke
(414) 778-3351

Committee Mission

The Audit and Investment Committee develops audit procedures and policies. It conducts an annual audit of NFPA’s accounting and financial management operations on behalf of the membership, and develops investment policies and procedures for the Association’s working funds and reserves. It meets at least twice each year via conference call.


Committee Members

  • Chair: Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Don Bennett, QCC
  • Paul Cooke, Bosch Rexroth
  • Jeff Hand, ROSS Controls
  • Tom Hunter, Husco
  • Paul Ludwig, HED
  • Alan McCay, Motion Industries
  • Keith Simons, OEM Controls
  • Mark Snyder, Festo Corporation

Meeting Frequency

The Committee meets bi-annually by conference call in Spring and Fall. 

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke

414-778-3351

Strategic Task Forces

Helps the Board determine what success "looks like," confides it in to a set of metircs, and tracks progress over time. 

  • Effective Forum Strategic Task Force
  • Industry Statistics Strategic Task Force
  • Promote Fluid Power Strategic Task Force
  • Educated Workforce Strategic Task Force

Committee Mission

The Effective Forum Strategic Task Force helps the Board set strategy and determine success metrics for strategic initiatives focused on providing an effective forum for fluid power manufacturers, distributors and suppliers to advance their collective interests.

Committee Members

  • Chair: Paul Cooke, Bosch Rexroth
  • John Stenz, FORCE America Inc.
  • John Campbell, Clippard Instrument Laboratory
  • Jon Goreham, QCC
  • Patrick Green, Kraft Fluid Power
  • Mark Snyder, Festo Corp.
  • Tony Welter, Eaton

Meeting Frequency

The Effective Forum Strategic Task Force holds its meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Directors three times each year. Additional meetings and/or conference calls are scheduled as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke
(414) 778-3351

Committee Mission

The Industry Statistics Strategic Task Force helps the Board set strategy and determine success metrics for strategic initiatives focused on providing NFPA members with timely and accurate industry statistics and business intelligence that support improved decision-making.

Committee Members

  • Chair: Keith Simons, OEM Controls 
  • Rick Bush, Micromatic
  • Joel Edwards, Faster
  • Jeff Hand, ROSS Controls
  • Scott Meldeau, IMI/Bimba
  • Paul Ludwig,Hydro Electronic Devices, Inc. (HED)

Meeting Frequency

The Industry Statistics Strategic Task Force holds its meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Directors three times each year. Additional meetings and/or conference calls are scheduled as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Pete Alles
(414) 778-3350

Committee Mission

The Promote Fluid Power Strategic Task Force helps the Board set strategy and determine success metrics for strategic initiatives focused on providing opportunities and resources for NFPA members to promote the unique strengths and inherent advantages offered by modern fluid power technology.

Committee Members

  • Chair: David Price, HydraForce
  • Nicole Farrell, Fluidyne
  • Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Christina Logan, Scott Industrial
  • Roscoe Wallace, Kaiser Aluminum
  • Marcus Rauchhaus, Poclain Hydraulics, Inc.

Meeting Frequency

The Promote Fluid Power Strategic Task Force holds its meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Directors three times each year. Additional meetings and/or conference calls are scheduled as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke
(414) 778-3351

Committee Mission

The Educated Workforce Strategic Task Force helps the Board set strategy and determine success metrics for strategic initiatives focused on helping to increase the number of technical college and university students educated in fluid power and connecting them to careers in the fluid power industry.

Committee Members

  • Chair: Tom Hunter, Husco
  • Jeff Behling, Stauff
  • Ray Chambers, Muncie Power Products
  • Jeff Herrin, Danfoss
  • Jennifer Parmentier, Parker Hannifin
  • Jim Slone, SunSource
  • Bill Clippard, Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc.

Meeting Frequency

The Educated Workforce Strategic Task Force holds its meetings in conjunction with meetings of the Board of Directors three times each year. Additional meetings and/or conference calls are scheduled as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke
(414) 778-3351

 

Working Committees

Provides direction/support to programs aligned with objectives; helps enagage memebrs in creation of value & progra development/delivery. 

  • Econ & Stats Committee
  • IFPE Management Committee
  • Roadmap Committee
  • Standards Committee
  • Technical Board
  • Tech School Education Committee
  • University Education Committee
  • IoT Committee

Committee Mission

Provides direction and support to programs that provide data and other market information on the domestic and international fluid power industry and customer markets. Helps engage members in creation of value and in program development and delivery.

Committee Members

Chair: R. Edwin Howe, Enfield Technologies
Vice Chair: TBD
 
  • Ben Trumpower, ArcelorMittal
  • Blake Valentine, Bailey International
  • Larry Foy, Bosch Rexroth Corp.
  • Anthony Welter, Eaton Corporation - Hydraulics Operations
  • Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Scott Paxton, Lehigh Fluid Power, Inc.
  • Eric Michel, MICO, Incorporated
  • Douglas Lacina, Milwaukee Cylinder
  • John Falcon, ROSS Controls
  • Sue Anne Shogren, Master Pneumatic
  • Marion Burlack, Plymouth Tube
  • Phil Bauer, Galland Henning Nopak

Past Projects

NFPA’s Global Market Reports and Forecasts - Working with Oxford Economics, NFPA and the Economics and Statistics Committee identified and developed a series of Global Market Reports and Forecasts that best match the results from a Global Market Information Feedback Campaign which was made up of NFPA members. NFPA has since launched these new reports to the membership using committee input on properly promoting and distributing this new service. 

Developed NFPA's Electronic Statistical Toolkit, versions 1 - 7. The Toolkit is an excel-based user-friendly software package that expands the user's economic view of his/her company and the fluid power industry by combining multiple NFPA data sources with the types of analytical tools commonly used today.

NFPA’s Stats Dashboard - the committee beta tested this new tool and offered comments and suggestions for further development and improvement. NFPA Stats Dashboard is a web-based interactive tool that allows members to create a series of graphs from NFPA data sources that are saved to their own member profile and only accessible through the member’s custom stats dashboard homepage.

Develop NFPA's Stats Toolkit - The committee will assist NFPA in the development of an Online Toolkit. Redesigning everything, except the original functionality, to achieve a seemless and appealing experience in data/trend analysis, while also building in a high functional management system that will allow NFPA easy and convenient user administration.


Distributor Engagement Initiative (Step 1) - Working with the Distributors Council, develop a new distributor’s version of the State of the Fluid Power Survey, in which the results from the distributor version and manufacturers’ version would be shared with both channel partners.

Current Projects

Distributor Engagement Initiative (Step 2) - Working with the Distributors Council, explore the next possibilities for industry reports/surveys that bring additional value to distributor members and prepare a proposal for NFPA’s consideration.

Meeting Frequency

Face-to-face meetings once a year. (August) Conference call / Webcast meetings, depending on pending projects. (situational)

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Armstrong
(414) 778-3372

Committee Mission

Responsibilities: (1) Direct the overall planning of IFPE 2023; (2) Approve the tactics to implement scope of IFPE 2023, including products and services to be exhibited, the audience to attract and the development of the education program; (3) Provide guidance to staff in the implementation of all show services, activities and programs; (4) Review and approve recommendations of the show planning committees and staff; (5) Review and approve the IFPE 2023 budget; (6) Review and approve the first floor plan for IFPE 2023; (7) Represent IFPE in the collaboration between IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG Show Management; and (8) Help engage NFPA members in creation of value and in program development and delivery.

Committee Members

Chair: Rick Guidish
Vice Chair: Marcia Klein

  • Nicole Farrell, Fluidyne Fluid Power Corporation
  • David Price, Hydraforce 
  • Bob Pettit, HAWE Hydraulik GmbH & Co KG
  • James Mundschau, HUSCO International, Inc.
  • Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Raffaele Invrea, Continental Hydraulics 
  • Bill Parks, Bucher Hydraulics 
  • JP Lanz, Bosch Rexroth 
  • Dudley Sheppard, SMC
  • Keith Simons, OEM Controls 
  • John Tudor, Texas Hydraulics 
  • Kevin Vanderslice, IFM Efector
  • Margaret Wilburn, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Markus Rauchhaus, Poclain Hydraulics, Inc.
  • Dan Ricklefs, Sauer-Danfoss
  • Mike Lindamood, Wandfluh of America, Inc.

Current Projects

IFPE 2023

Meeting Frequency

As needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Denise Husenica
(414) 778-3354

Committee Mission

Responsibilities: Develops, maintains and supplements the NFPA Technology Roadmap, identifying the areas of pre-competitive research necessary to meet the future needs of fluid power customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest young engineers to fluid power. 

Committee Members

Chair: Mark Bokorney, Sun Hydraulics Corp.
Vice Chair: Mike Betz, Danfoss

  • Chuck Rigali, Alro Steel
  • David Hinkle, Bailey International
  • Scott Meldeau, Bimba/IMI
  • Enrique Busquets, Bosch Rexroth
  • Jeff Lemonds, Casappa
  • Aleksandar Egelja, Caterpillar
  • Rich Humason, Clippard Instrument Laboratory 
  • Doug Robertson, Clippard Instrument Laboratory
  • Matt Giloth, Daman Products
  • Kevin Lingenfelter, Danfoss
  • Jacob Paso, Delta Computer Systems
  • Bob Hammond, Deltrol Fluid Products
  • Qinghui Yuan, Eaton
  • Jonathan Gamble, Enfield Technologies
  • Joel Edwards, Faster
  • Thomas Braun, FasTest
  • Frank Latino, Festo
  • David Gray, Evonik Oil Additives
  • Bill Haley, FORCE America
  • Matt Loeffler, FORCE America
  • Rick Hill, Gates
  • Hudson Keyler, Gates
  • Tim Saupe, Gates
  • Mark Torbett, GS Global Resources
  • Bob Pettit, HAWE North America
  • Yashodeep Lonari, Hitachi America
  • Eric Hamkins, HUSCO
  • Barry Schoenborn, HYDAC/Schroeder
  • Charles Tuggle, Hydra-Power Systems
  • Ron Klimko, Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Gary Gift, Hy-Pro Corporation
  • Terry Christopher, Hy-Pro Corporation
  • Marty Barris, Hy-Pro Corporation
  • Jason Carter, Idemitsu Kosan
  • Tom Blansett, International Fluid Power Society
  • Donna Pollander, International Fluid Power Society
  • Steve Schaus, Industrial Hard Chrome
  • Jim Kaas, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Greg Kuhlman, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Joe Jackan, JARP Industries
  • Tom VanderMeulen, Kawasaki GTF
  • Scott Maher, Kaman
  • Mike Casper, KYB America
  • Kazumi Ito, KYB Japan
  • Scott Paxton, Lehigh Fluid Power
  • Scott Lane, Linde Hydraulics
  • Shubhamita, Basu Lubrizol
  • Karen Mackey, Main Manufacturing Products
  • Rick Bush, Micromatic
  • Dave Geiger, Moog
  • Bob Mosey, Mosey's Production Machinists
  • Doug Sullivent, Muncie Power Products
  • Gary Chess, National Tube Supply
  • Gordon Kolasingh, Orange Seal
  • Rob Wuertz, OEM Controls
  • Tony Vaughan, Parker Hannifin
  • Bill Mosher, Parker Hannifin
  • David Bibelhausen, Parker Hannifin
  • Howard Zhang, Parker Hannifin
  • Jeff Osterman, Parker Hannifin
  • Michael Crosby, Parker Hannifin
  • Tim Thomas, PARTsolutions
  • Adam Frey, Poclain Hydraulics
  • Tom Price, Price Engineering
  • Jon Goreham, QCC
  • Jay Dalal, ROSS Controls
  • Volker Schmitz, Schmalz
  • Cameron MacNeil, Stauff Corporation
  • Mike Stewart, Steelhead Composites
  • Ervin Scott, Sun Hydraulics
  • Michael Merrill, Swiss Automation
  • Beth Figliulo, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • Fabio Terenzi, Walvoil Fluid Power
  • Tony Zingman, Wandfluh of America
  • Randy Peterson, Woodward
  • Steve Cavera, Yates Industries

 

Meeting Frequency

As needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Eric Lanke
(414) 778-3351

Committee Mission

The Technical Board is a working committee of NFPA which oversees the five-year review and maintenance of NFPA documents.

Committee Members

Chair: John Montague
Vice Chair: Tom Wanke, Milwaukee School of Engineering

  • Barry Verdegan, Cummins Filtration Inc.   
  • Paul Michael, Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • James Rosenbury, Nass controls
  • Gary Baumgardner,    Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • John Berninger, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Lido Boni, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • John Jones, Parker Hannifin Corp.
  • Ronald Zielinski, PolyMod® Technologies Inc.
  • Pete Molloy,  SMC Corporation of America
  • Paul Schacht    
  • John Walrad    

Meeting Frequency

The Technical Board meets once a year via teleconference.

NFPA Staff Contact

Denise Husenica
(414) 778-3354

Committee Mission

Provides direction and support to programs that increase the number of technically trained people capable of integrating and applying fluid power, and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. Helps engage members in creation of value and in program development and delivery.

Committee Members

Chair: Bill Haley, FORCE America Inc./Valve Division
Vice Chair: Bob Hammond, Deltrol Fluid Products

  • Jim Becker, Quality Control Corporation 
  • Tom Blansett, International Fluid Power Society
  • Pete Buca, Parker Hannifin
  • David Eckerd, Bosch Rexroth
  • Beth Figliulo, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions
  • David Gray, Evonik
  • Joe Iberl, Poclain Hydraulics
  • Paul Jensen, Triton College
  • Mike Shiels, Waukesha County Technical College
  • Eric Striegel, Iowa Fluid Power

Meeting Frequency

Quarterly via conference call. 

NFPA Staff Contact

Lynn Beyer
(414) 778-3364

 

Committee Mission

Provides direction and support to programs that increase the number of University engineers educated in fluid power, and connect them to careers in the fluid power industry. Helps engage members in creation of value and in program development and delivery.

Committee Members

Chair: Tom Blansett, International Fluid Power Society
Vice Chair: Michael Cook, Trelleborg Sealin Solutions

  • Pete Buca, Parker Hannifin
  • David Eckerd, Bosch Rexroth
  • Jim Ferrero, Deltrol Fluid Products
  • Jose Garcia, Purdue
  • Mike Golla, Texas A&M
  • David Gray, Evonik
  • Mike Helbig, FORCE America
  • Eric Holland, FORCE America
  • Joe Iberl, Poclain Hydraulics
  • Craig Klocke, Danfoss Power Solutions
  • Matt Loeffler, FORCE America 
  • Yogen Panta, West VA University
  • Lakhwinder Singh, Deltrol Fluid Products
  • Brian Steward, Iowa State University
  • Brian Tritle, Iowa Fluid Power
  • Jim Van de Ven, University of Minnesota 
  • Tom Walendzewicz, Quality Control Corporation

Meeting Frequency

As needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Lynn Beyer
(414) 778-3364

Committee Mission

Assist in benchmarking the state of Internet of Things (IoT) development within the fluid power industry, and provide advice concerning the content of IoT education needed for audiences at NFPA conferences and via webinar. Help staff identify IoT resources, and identify IoT companies that would be valuable resources as members of the association.

Committee Members

  • Ada Leung, Anfield Industries
  • Bud Hoffner, Applied Industrial Technologies
  • Christian Eitel, Bucher Hydraulics
  • Scott Rosenzweig, Certified Power
  • Mike McVay, Cross Company
  • Adam Livesay, Elevat IoT
  • Joel Klopstein, Hydac Technology Corporation
  • David Price, Hydraforce
  • Patrick Maher, IMI Precision Engineering
  • Brad Dittmer, IMI Precision Engineering
  • Jeremy Drury, IoT Diagnostics
  • Matt Schatteman, Kaman Fluid Power
  • Andrew Johnson, ShelfAware

Meeting Frequency

As needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Pete Alles
(414) 778-3350

Constituency Councils

Influences program development and delivery to better serve their individuals needs; helps members plug into programs.

  • Distributor Council
  • Supplier Council
  • Future Leaders Network

Committee Mission

NFPA's Distributor Council influences association program development and delivery to better serve the needs of NFPA's distributor members and helps those members plug into those programs.

Chairman: Jim Slone, SunSource
Vice Chair:  Christina Logan, Scott Industrial

  • Mike Tonyan, Hydrotech
  • Kevin Kampe, Womack Machine

Current Projects

The Council is currently looking at ways to streamline demand forecasting at the industry level, and develop better information about the distribution channel by building indicators into NFPA statistical information programs.

Meeting Frequency

The Distributor Council meets in conjunction with NFPA's conferences and through conference calls.

NFPA Staff Contact

Pete Alles
(414) 778-3350 

Committee Mission

NFPA's Supplier Leadership Council influences association program development and delivery to better serve the needs of NFPA's supplier members and helps those members plug into those programs.

Committee Members

Chair: Roscoe Wallace, Kaiser Aluminum
Vice Chair: Jeff Behling, Stauff

  • Arlin Perry, Comer
  • Mike Brezonoick, Diesel Progress 
  • Beth Figulio, Trelleborg

Meeting Frequency

The Council meets twice a year, once at the Annual Conference in Spring and again at the IEOC in Fall.

NFPA Staff Contact

Erica Halmstad
(414) 778-3359

Committee Mission

NFPA's Future Leaders Network serves the long-term education and networking needs of its members and encourages career growth and leadership development for the betterment of the fluid power industry and the association. It influences association program development and delivery to better serve the needs of its members and helps those members plug into those programs.

Committee Members

Chair: Patrick Green, Kraft Fluid Systems
Vice Chair: John Falcon, Ross Controls

Meeting Frequency

Twice a year in-person at the Annual Conference and the Industry and Economic Outlook Conference, and via conference call as needed.

NFPA Staff Contact

Katrina Schwarz
(414) 778-3356
 

Contact Info


6737 W. Washington Street, Suite 2350

Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 778-3344 (o)

(414) 778-3361 (f)

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