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Mike Kelley Elected New President of AIA


Four new Board members also named

ANN ARBOR, Mich., February 8, 2001 - Mike Kelley, Director of Marketing at Electro Scientific Industries' Vision Products Division, has been elected the 2001-2002 President of the Automated Imaging Association.

MIke KelleyKelley, who has been on the AIA Board of Directors for the past two years, has taken a lead role in improving AIA's annual market study.  'The AIA study is used throughout the world as a benchmark of the growth of the machine vision industry,' he said.  'As the machine vision market becomes increasingly global, it's important that our study collect better data on Europe, Japan and other overseas markets, and present the data in a way that companies will find extremely user-friendly.'  AIA's 2001 market study is expected to be published in late Spring.

Kelley also stated that continued expansion of Machine Vision Online, AIA's Internet site for the machine vision industry, and efforts to forge new global opportunities for AIA members are at the top of his priority list for the coming year.

'As a trade group, we need to do everything that we can to help educate current and potential users of machine vision,' said Kelley.  'That's why Machine Vision Online is so important - it reaches more than 1,000 users from throughout the world each week.  That's also why AIA is taking the lead in creating new ties between North American, European and Asian machine vision companies.'

Kelley succeeds Dave Dechow, President of ISRA Vision Systems North America/Insight Integration, who remains on the Board as Past President.

AIA also elected four new Board members: Mike Cyros, COO of Datacube, Inc., Salvatore D'Agostino, President and CEO of Computer Recognition Systems (CRS) and John Stack, President of Edmund Industrial Optics; and Fred Molinari, President, Data Translation, Inc.

Returning for new two-year terms on the AIA Board are: Joseph Christenson, President, PPT Vision; Brian Doody, President, DALSA, Inc.; Steve Gordon, President, Intelligent Automation Systems; Toshi Hori, President, PULNiX America, Inc.; John Merva, General Manager, RVSI Northeast Robotics; Fred Molinari, President, Data Translation, Inc.; Amir Novini, Chairman, Applied Vision Corporation, Tom Urbanek, Regional Sales Manager, Adept Technology; Donald Vincent, Executive Vice President, Automation Technologies Council; and Vic Wintriss, President, Wintriss Engineering Corporation.

Founded in 1984, AIA's membership now totals some 236 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 2001 edition will be issued soon) and its annual Business Conference, which brings together top executives from machine vision companies throughout the world.




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