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John Stack Elected New President of AIA


ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2003 – John Stack, President and COO of Edmund Industrial Optics, has been elected the 2003-2004 President of the Automated Imaging Association.

Stack succeeds Mike Kelley, Director of Marketing for Electro Scientific Industries, who remains on the Board as Past President. Over the past 14 years, John has held several positions with Edmund Industrial Optics, including: Applications Engineer, Optical Design Engineer, Vice President of Engineering and Executive Vice President.  During this time, John has moved Edmund into a wide variety of markets that include semiconductor metrology biometrics, pharmaceutical, automotive, biomedical systems and Military.  Stack is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and is also a graduate of the Executive Development program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

“I believe Machine Vision is at a critical juncture in the evolution of technology, no longer constrained to the traditional markets or applications,” Stack observes.  “Machine vision is making strides into areas such as biometrics and non-visible imaging. My goal as AIA president is to help members locate new markets while continuing to provide valued resources that give them an advantage within traditional markets.”

AIA also named two first-time Board members: Dr. Ralf Pulz Business Unit Manager, Vision Components, for Basler Vision Technologies and Bob Settle, Director of Marketing for DVT Corporation.

Dr. Pulz, a resident of Ahrensburg, Germany, is a member of the corporate management team for Basler Vision Technologies, and is responsible for sales and profit worldwide, R&D, product management and marketing.  He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.  Dr. Pulz is the first executive based in Europe to serve as Director for the Automated Imaging Association.

"We're delighted to have a Director who lives and works in Europe because this will give the Board a better perspective on the issues that impact the machine vision industry overseas,” says Jeffrey A. Burnstein, Executive Director of AIA.  "AIA is the only global machine vision trade group in the world, with more than 20% of its members coming from outside North America, the majority of which are based in Europe."

Bob Settle has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, marketing and sales of automation and power delivery systems.  During his time at DVT, Settle has expanded DVT’s marketing programs globally and has seen DVT double its market share.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Returning for new two-year terms on the AIA Board are: John Agapakis, Sr. Vice President, RVSI/Acuity-CiMatrix; Joseph Christenson, President, PPT VISION, Inc.; Mike Cyros, CEO, Euresys S.A.; David Dechow, Project Manager, Aptura Machine Vision Solutions; Brian Doody, President, DALSA Inc.; Barry Egan, COO, Datacube, Inc.; Toshi Hori, President, PULNiX America, Inc.; Mike Kelley (Past President), Director of Marketing, Electro Scientific Industries, Inc.; John Merva, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Advanced Illumination; Fred Molinari, President, Data Translation; Amir Novini, Chairman and President, Applied Vision Company; and Vic Wintriss, President, Wintriss Engineering Corporation.  Don Vincent, Executive Vice President of the Automation Technologies Council, is an Ex-Officio member of the Board.

Founded in 1984, AIA’s membership now totals more than 200 machine vision suppliers, system integrators, end users, research organizations and consulting firms.  AIA is best known for Machine Vision Online (www.machinevisiononline.org), The Vision Show, the industry’s leading trade show and conference, its annual Machine Vision Market Study (the 2003 edition will be issued soon) and its annual Business Conference, which brings together top executives from machine vision companies throughout the world.

Heather Straight
Automated Imaging Association

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