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Leadership / Committees

Board of Directors

AGMA has a Technical Division (TDEC) and a Business Division (BMEC) that oversee the work of committees. These two chairs are part of the Board of Directors.

Additionally, the Board of Directors oversees the following committees:

  • Membership Committee
  • Education Committee 
  • Policy & Practices Committee
  • Nominating Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Finance Committee

Membership Committee

Chair: Mike McKernin, President
Circle Gear and Machine Company

Education Committee

The scope of this committee is to provide strategic oversight for AGMA's educational activities, and to: ensure that the industry's and membership's most common education and training needs are effectively satisfied; identify and support educational opportunities promoting growth and skills of the individual; promote continuing education and training for the gear industry; promote manufacturing as a modern career; and ensure that credible sources of training are identified.

Chair: John Grazia, GearTec, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Casandra Blassingame

Policy & Practices Committee

Chair: Dean Burrows, Gear Motions, Inc.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Louis Ertel

Awards Committee

Chair: David Long, Chalmers & Kubeck, Inc

Finance Committee

Chair: Jim Bregi, Doppler Gear Company

Business Management Executive Committee

Conducts programs of a managerial and educational nature that will enhance the manufacturing and distribution capabilities of Company Members' and Associate Members’ products and services. The Mission is pursued through the Scopes and responsibilities of the standing Councils comprising the BMEC.

The BMEC Oversees the work of the following committees:

  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Statistical Committee
  • Strategic Resources Network
  • Trade Show Advisory Committee
  • Emerging Technology Committee
  • and Industry Voice Committee

Chair: John Grazia, GearTec, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Jill Johnson

Annual Meeting Planning Committee

Chair: David Goodfellow, StarSU, LLC

Staff Liaison: Madelaine Morgan

Statistical Committee

The scope of the committee is to collect and distribute statistical data on the markets served by AGMA's Company Members, and to obtain and review gear industry statistical reports, reporting formats and procedures, as issued by government agencies. The committee oversees the production and distribution of the Monthly Market Trend Report (MMTR), the Operating Ration Report (ORR), and Wage & Benefit surveys.

Chair: Patrick Kay, Forest City Gear

Staff Liaison: Jill Johnson

Strategic Resources Network

The goal of the Strategic Resources Network (SRN) is to create a dynamic, educational, productive forum to help participants grow, both within the industry and the association. Meetings address such topics as workforce issues, leadership, best practices, AGMA programs, and personal development.

Chair: Brian Schultz, Great Lakes Industry, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Madelaine Morgan

Trade Show Advisory Committee

The scope of the committee is to serve as the liaison between the AGMA Board of Directors, the exhibiting companies and the AGMA staff, by providing ongoing guidance throughout the various stages of the development and production of AGMA's biennial trade show - Gear Expo.

Chair: Steve Janke, Brelie Gear Company, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Jenny Blackford

Technical Division Executive Committee

The TDEC directs the work of AGMA’s technical committees (including the development and maintenance of AGMA Standards, Information Sheets, and other technical publications), organizes and conducts the Fall Technical Meeting, and governs the other activities of the AGMA Technical Division.

The TDEC oversees the work of the following committees:

  • Aerospace Gearing
  • Bevel Gearing
  • Computer Programming
  • Cutting Tools
  • Enclosed Drives for Industrial Applications
  • Epicyclic Enclosed Drives
  • Fine-Pitch Gearing
  • Flexible Couplings
  • Gear Accuracy
  • Helical Enclosed Drives High Speed Units
  • Helical Enclosed Drives Marine Units
  • Helical Gear Rating
  • Lubrication
  • Metallurgy and Materials
  • Mill Gearing
  • Nomenclature
  • Plastics Gearing
  • Powder Metallurgy Gearing
  • Spline
  • Sound & Vibration
  • Vehicle Gearing
  • Wind Turbine Gearing
  • Wormgearing

More information on these technical committees is available here.

TDEC Chair: Todd Praneis, Cotta Transmission Company, LLC


  • Michael D’Arduini, The Gleason Works
  • Jason Daubert, FLSmidth, Inc.
  • Michael He, Scot Forge Company
  • Terrance Klaves, Milwaukee Gear – Power Transmission Solutions
  • Todd Schatzka, Rexnord Innovation Center
  • Walt Weber, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Staff Liaison: Amir Aboutaleb


Board of Directors

Executive Committee

James F. Bregi, Jr., President
Doppler Gear Company

John Cross, President
ASI Technologies, Inc.

Chairman, TDEC
Todd Praneis, Director of Product Development

Cotta Transmission Company, LLC

Chairman, BMEC

John E. Grazia, President
GearTec Inc. 

Chairman Emeritus
Dean Burrows, President
Gear Motions Inc.


Nitin Chaphalkar, Product Manager

Michael Engesser, President
Reishauer Corporation

David Long, Manager Gear Division
Chalmers & Kubeck, Inc.

Michael McKernin, President
Circle Gear and Machine Company

Cory Ooyen, President

Global Gear & Machining, LLC

Carl D. Rapp,  President, Philadelphia Gear brand and Vice President, Power Systems Group
The Timken Company

Tania Sabados, CEO/Purchasing
Rapid Gear

Andrea Scanavini, CEO
Somaschini North America

Greg Schulte, President

Bonfiglioli USA

Brian Schultz, President
Great Lakes Industry, Inc.

George Thomas, Executive Vice President 
Bison Gear & Engineering Corp.

Hastings Wyman, CEO
Klingelnberg America, Inc.

Matthew Croson, President

American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA)




2016 AGMA Strategic Plan

In November, the board of directors adopted a new vision, and announced their support for the development of four strategic objectives:

  • Industry Voice:  AGMA will ensure industry understands the full scope of the role AGMA and its members play in power transmission systems, and is aware of AGMA offerings.
  • Emerging Technologies:  AGMA will track emerging technologies that impact the business of gearing.
  • Education:  AGMA will be THE industry source for education and training.
  • Global:  AGMA will support members looking to export or grow domestically, wherever they happen to have an office.

The complete press release can be found here.

Strategic Documents (.pdf)

AGMA New Vision Statement

AGMA and its members drive power transmission innovation

Past Chairmen of AGMA

  • Dean Burrows   2017
  • Louis Ertel    2015
  • Matt Mondek    2013
  • Philip Terry    2013
  • David Ballard    2011
  • Dennis Gimpert    2009
  • Richard S. Fullington    2008
  • Edward Lawson    2007
  • Martin Woodhouse    2007
  • Stan Blenke    2007
  • Leslie Hennessy    2006
  • Frederick E. Sowinski    2005
  • J. Cameron Drecoll    2004
  • Roger A. Pennycook    2003
  • Frederic M. Young    2001
  • Michael J. Drahuschak    1999
  • Arlin R. Perry    1999
  • David L. George    1998
  • Frank J. Posinski    1997
  • W. B. Lechman    1996
  • Charles A. Brannen    1996
  • Ray Haley    1994
  • Samuel R. Haines, II    1994
  • Peter Lamb    1994
  • James A. Bentley    1994
  • Bipin N. Doshi    1993
  • William T. Boggess    1992
  • David McCarthy    1992
  • Stewart R. Ward    1992
  • Thomas Kling    1991
  • James R. Partridge    1990
  • Robert Bergmann    1989
  • Richard G. Orr    1989
  • Richard S. Eisenbrown    1989
  • Joseph L. Arvin    1989
  • Donald R. McVittie, P.E.    1988
  • Edward R. Sewall    1987
  • J. David Shlemmer    1987
  • Bernard E. Berlinger, Jr.    1986
  • Daniel E. Bailey    1986
  • Walter L. Rye    1986


AGMA has a robust award program for its membership. Awards include:

  • Hall of Fame
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Next Generation Award
  • Chairman's Award of Excellence
  • Board of Directors Awards

Past recipients