TROY — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, recently announced that its membership has approved the 2012 Board of Directors slate. As the governing body of the association, the board makes policy decisions and holds fiduciary responsibility. Board participants are elected annually by the membership.

New to the board this year are Rick Darter, Rave Computer; Donald Ishmael, General Dynamics Land Systems; and Robert McMahan, Kettering University.

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The 2012 Board of Directors officers are:
* President: Scott Goemmel, PMV Technologies LLC
* Vice President: Mark Symonds, Plex Systems Inc.
* Immediate Past President: Brian McGinnity, Hirotec America
* Secretary: Christine Estereicher, Chrysler Group LLC
* Treasurer: Donald Clayton, Clayton & McKervey P.C.
* Assistant Treasurer: James Safran, Beaumont Health System
* Ex-officio directors: Stephen Cassin, Macomb County Government and Jerry Rush, Meritor Inc.

Board members include:
* John Almstadt, Oakland County Workforce Development Board
* John Blanchard, General Motors
* Rick Darter, Rave Computer
* Todd Fenton, Wayne County
* Matthew Gibb, Oakland County
* Donald Ishmael, General Dynamics Land Systems
* Robert McMahan, Kettering University
* Karen Mitchell, DTE Energy
* Ken Rogers, Automation Alley
* Tracie Tillinger, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
* Peter Webster, Dickinson Wright PLLC
* Lewis Walker, Lawrence Technological University

Said Automation Alley executive director Ken Rogers: “These individuals were elected because they are recognized leaders in the Southeast Michigan business community, and they are committed to furthering the mission and vision of Automation Alley. I know they will represent this organization well in the community, and I look forward to working with them in 2012.”

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Added board chairman Goemmel: “It is an honor to serve a second term as president of the board of directors and to assist Automation Alley in achieving its mission. We  continue to have an outstanding and committed board of directors, representing a cross-section of industry, education, and government partners. Automation Alley is well-positioned to continue making a significant impact in our communities.”

For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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