TROY (WWJ) — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, has welcomed two new members to its board of directors for 2013. As the governing body of the association, the board makes policy decisions and holds fiduciary responsibility. Board members elect the board of directors annually.

New to the board this year are Raymond Byers, chief economic development officer for Wayne County, and Kurt Saldana, president of Quality Metalcraft and CEO of Diversified Technologies International.

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“Congratulations to both Raymond Byers and Kurt Saldana. These two individuals were selected to join our board of directors because of their commitment to Automation Alley’s mission. They are leaders and visionaries in the business community of Southeast Michigan,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “I know they will represent Automation Alley well, and I look forward to working with them over the coming year.”

The 2013 board of directors officers are:

• President: Scott Goemmel, SMG Capital Group
• Immediate Past President: Brian McGinnity, Hirotec America
• Executive Director: Ken Rogers, Automation Alley
• Secretary: Christine Estereicher, Chrysler Group LLC
• Treasurer: Donald Clayton, Clayton & McKervey, P.C.
• Assistant Treasurer: Karen Mitchell, DTE Energy
• Ex-officio directors: Stephen Cassin, Macomb County Government, and Jerry Rush, Meritor, Inc.

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Board members include:

• John Almstadt, Oakland County Workforce Development Board
• John Blanchard, General Motors
• Raymond Byers, Wayne County
• Rick Darter, Rave Computer
• Patrick Fetterman, Plex Systems Inc.
• Matthew Gibb, Oakland County
• David Hay, Kelly Services Inc.
• Donald Ishmael, Jr., General Dynamics Land Systems
• Kathryn Levine, Blue Cross Blue Shield
• Robert McMahan, Kettering University
• Virinder Moudgil, Lawrence Technological University
• Kurt Saldana, Quality Metalcraft
• John Shallman, Beaumont Health System
• Tracie Tillinger, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
• Peter Webster, Dickinson Wright PLLC

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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