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Automated Imaging Association (AIA) Names Dana Whalls Managing Director



Dana Whalls, Managing Director(Ann Arbor, Michigan – August 9, 2007)  The Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the world’s leading trade group for the machine vision and imaging industry, recently announced the promotion of Dana Whalls to Managing Director.  

 Ms. Whalls has over 18 years experience in marketing, business development and finance in metropolitan Detroit area advertising agencies including eight years at an agency specializing in manufacturing and technology clients.  She has served as Marketing and Public Relations Manager for the AIA since 2004.

 ‘‘In the three years Dana has been with AIA, she has played a pivotal role in our growth to more than 285 member companies in 26 nations.  She has helped us expand our reach in Europe and Asia, which is critical to our mission to promote machine vision on a global basis.  I’m certain she will do an outstanding job in leading AIA and the machine vision industry to great accomplishments in the years ahead,’‘ said Jeff Burnstein, Executive Vice President of the Automation Technologies Council, the umbrella organization governing the AIA and its sister associations, the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and Motion Control Association (MCA).

‘‘I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the dynamic team Jeff Burnstein put together here at AIA and helping to grow the industry through increased awareness and use of this technology that touches all of our lives,’‘ said Whalls.  ‘‘It is gratifying to be an advocate for such an exciting industry.’‘

Founded in 1984, AIA was organized specifically to promote the understanding and use of image capture and analysis technology and now represents more than 285 machine vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms.  AIA is best-known for The Vision Show and conference, held every year in the US, the biennial International Robots & Vision Show and conference (every two years in Chicago), its annual Machine Vision Market Study, the AIA Business Conference and Machine Vision Online (www.machinevisiononline.org), the world’s leading resource for machine vision information on the internet.

For more information on AIA, visit www.machinevisiononline.org or contact AIA Headquarters at (734) 994-6088.

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