MRO Magazine

PTDA Foundation names Board of Trustees


November 19, 2009
By PEM Magazine

Chicago, IL — The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) Foundation 2010 Board of Trustees was announced at the recent PTDA 2009 Industry Summit in San Diego, CA.

Bill Childers, president, North American sales, Rexnord LLC (Milwaukee, WI) was elected to serve as the Foundation’s president in 2010. Barbara J. Ross, director sales and marketing for U.S. and Canada, Drives, LLC (Fulton, IL) was elected to vice-president. John Masek, vice-president, Bearing Service Inc. (Livonia, MI) will serve as treasurer.

Three trustees are joining the PTDA Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2010: Tom Clawser, sales and marketing manager, Brown Transmission & Bearing Co; Gus Kontonickas, retired; and Keith Nowak, president, MPT Drives, Inc.

Trustees continuing to serve on the Foundation in 2010 are: Robert K. Callahan, executive director of business development and marketing, Hitachi Maxco Ltd. (Kennesaw, GA); Harold Dunaway, executive vice-president finance and administration, Motion Industries Inc. (Birmingham, AL); Terry Knight, director channel development, SKF Service Division (Kulpsville, PA); Kenneth A. Miko, vice-president, BDI (Cleveland, OH); Jeffrey W. Moore, director North American Sales, Baldor Electric Company (Fort Smith, AK); W. Penny Omnus, vice-president external affairs and corporate relations, BC Bearing Engineers Ltd. (Burnaby, BC); Will Seagren, president, Bearing Engineering Co. (San Leandro, CA); Thomas H. Tesoro, vice-president sales and marketing, Jason Industrial (Canada) Ltd., a Megadyne Group Co. (Fairfield, N.J.); and Tom Wells, director national sales, Gates Corporation (Denver, CO.)


Terry Knight will replace Bill Childers as chair of the Industrial Careers Pathway (ICP) Steering Committee. The PTDA Foundation, whose work is funded by donations, was founded in 1982 to enhance knowledge, education, professionalism and productivity within the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. 

The Foundation’s core initiative, Industrial Careers Pathway, is a collaboration of industrial distribution associations working together to recruit entry-level employees to the industrial distribution channel; develop programs to teach business, technical and distribution basics; and create affordable resources for current employee development.