Automation Alley announces 2018 Board of Directors

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January 11, 2018
Representatives from Beaumont Health, Strategic Staffing Solutions join board    
TROY, Mich., Jan. 11, 2018   Automation Alley, Michigan’s leading technology and manufacturing business association, has elected Kurt Saldana, president of Quality Metalcraft, as its new board president and Rochelle Black, Oakland University vice president of government and community affairs, as secretary of the board. John Paul Rea, director of Macomb County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, will serve as board treasurer.
In addition, Automation Alley elected two new members to its board of directors: Mark Bohen, marketing and communications officer of Beaumont Health, and Juan Madronero, Detroit branch manager of Strategic Staffing Solutions.
Board members serve as the nonprofit association’s governing body, provide oversight and are vital to the development of programs, services, events and committees.
“The staff and I look forward to working with our new board members as our organization continues to evolve and grow into Michigan’s knowledge center for smart factory automation,” said Tom Kelly, Automation Alley’s executive director and CEO. “We look forward to our new board members being powerful ambassadors for Automation Alley as we create new programs and services related to helping our manufacturing base prepare and transition to Industry 4.0.”  
Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, represents the convergence of the digital and physical technologies currently disrupting the manufacturing industry, including additive manufacturing and advanced materials, robotics, AI, big data, the cloud, cybersecurity, the Industrial Internet of Things, and modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion. Automation Alley is now focusing its programming around Industry 4.0 in order to be a critical resource for Southeast Michigan companies as they chart a course toward these advancements in manufacturing.
The full list of 2018 Board Members includes:
Kurt Saldana, Quality Metalcraft
Vice President
Donald Ishmael, Jr., General Dynamics Land Systems
Rochelle Black, Oakland University
John Paul Rea, Macomb County Government
Past President
David Hay
Executive Committee
John Blanchard, General Motors
Donald Clayton, Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
Matthew Gibb, Oakland County
Tom Kelly (Executive Director and CEO), Automation Alley
Kristopher Powell, HRPro/BenePro
Nataliya Stasiw, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Board Members
Mark Bohen, Beaumont Health
Gary Conrad, Autodesk
Rick Darter, Rave Computer
Christine Estereicher, FCA US LLC
Kathryn Levine, Blue Cross Blue Shield
Juan Madronero, Strategic Staffing Solutions
Peter Provenzano, Oakland Community College
Jack Van Tiem, Kelly Services
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is Michigan’s leading nonprofit technology and manufacturing business association, connecting industry, academia and government to fuel Southeast Michigan’s economy and accelerate innovation. Automation Alley focuses its efforts on innovation and technology, entrepreneurship, talent development, defense and international business, providing resources, funding and actionable intelligence to help members grow and prosper in the digital age.
Our Mission
Automation Alley is Michigan’s Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a local focus. We work tirelessly to help our members achieve success by increasing sales, reducing costs, and thinking strategically during a time of rapid technological change in the manufacturing industry.
Nicole Kampe, Communications and Media Manager, 248-457-3301