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PTDA’s annual convention in California popular with Canadian firms

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) held its 2002 annual convention Sept. 12-14 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, Calif. PTDA events are always popular with ...


November 1, 2002
By Peter Helston, Publisher

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) held its 2002 annual convention Sept. 12-14 at the Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, Palm Desert, Calif. PTDA events are always popular with Canadian PT distributors and manufacturers, and this year was no exception.

The conference is an important networking and educational event for the power transmission/motion control industry, and is attended by top-level decision-makers from leading distributor and manufacturing firms around the world. The convention provides a mix of educational sessions on industry trends, distributor-manufacturer meetings and peer networking forums.

Machinery & Equipment MRO publisher Peter Helston attended the event with camera in hand and returned with these photographs of several Canadian delegates and their colleagues attending the event. MRO

PTDA elects directors and Allied Council

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) elected its officers, board of directors and Allied Council for 2003 at the association’s annual convention in Palm Desert, Calif., on Sept. 14.

Carlos Ingram, vice-president business systems and logistics of Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., Windsor, Conn., has been elected to succeed Patrick Frater of Northwest Power Products Inc. as PTDA’s president in the coming year. Ingram, the association’s first vice-president in 2002, has served on the board for the past five years. He also has served as past chair of the business process committee.

Don Latham, vice-president for Canadian Bearings Ltd., Mississauga, Ont., becomes PTDA’s first vice-president. In 1999, he became a member of the board and served as the board liaison to the marketing committee. He also has served on the association’s convention and marketing committees.

Jack Neal, vice-president of marketing for Root Neal & Company, Buffalo, N.Y., will be PTDA’s second vice-president. A PTDA board member for the past three years, Neal has been active in the association since 1992, serving on the association’s industry relations committee.

Andy Nations, president of Bearings & Drives Inc., Macon, Ga., will continue as PTDA’s treasurer. Since 1998, he has served two terms on the PTDA board and as its liaison to PTDA’s technical education committee.

Barb Ross, senior marketing and corporate account manager for Garlock Sealing Technologies, Palmyra, N.Y., assumes the duties of PTDA’s allied chair , replacing Tim Murphy of The Gates Rubber Co. Ross was vice-chair in 2002 and has been a member of PTDA’s Allied Council for two years. In 2001, she served as PTDA’s convention chair, prior to which she served on the association’s industry relations committee.

Jim Lamb, vice-president marketing and sales for Drives Inc., Fulton, Ill., becomes allied vice-chair for 2003. Lamb has served on the Allied Council since 2001 and previously served on the association’s industry relations committee.