AMUG Board of Directors
President & Director
Years of AMUG service: 7
Paul Bates is the general manager of the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center and an industry-recognized AM veteran. Bates joined UL in 2014 after serving 20+ years at Reebok where he guided the global athletic footwear leader’s Additive Manufacturing Lab and 3D CAD Team as the director of advanced process engineering. A 2012 recipient of the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) “Dinosaur” Award, Bates is fluent in numerous AM processes, including SLS, FDM and PolyJet. In addition to teaching multiple UL AMCC courses, Paul oversees the day-to-day operation of the facility.
Chairman of the Board & Director
Years of AMUG service: 17*
Gary Rabinovitz holds a degree in Physical Education from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. He has managed the Additive Manufacturing Lab at Reebok International Ltd’s world headquarters for over 19 years. This lab operates SLS technology, 3D printing technology and PolyJet technology.
Gary held the position of president of the SLS Users Group from November 2001 through the September 2002 conference. In the fall of 2002, Gary accepted the position of Z Corporation User Group president, a position that he held for four years. Gary has also been a member of SME for the past 19 years and has served two terms as president of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group.
At the 2014 AMUG Conference, Gary was presented with the prestigious President’s Award for long time service to the additive manufacturing industry and the users group. Gary is only the 6th recipient of this award in the 29 year history of the AMUG. In September 2014, Gary also received the Plymouth State University Alumni Achievement Award for all of his work at Reebok and in the additive manufacturing industry.
Past President & Director
Years of AMUG service: 7
Mark Barfoot is the Director of AM Programs at EWI in Buffalo. In this role, Mark manages the Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) which consists of over 50 member companies as well as EWI’s involvement in ASTM’s Center of Excellence in Additive Manufacturing. With a unique combination of materials characterization and testing experience, joining expertise, and in-house capabilities, EWI leads the way in additive manufacturing by evaluating new processes, developing material property data, and innovating advancements for in-process quality monitoring and nondestructive inspection of complex 3D structures.
Mark holds a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Prior to EWI, Mark held various roles that include Cimetrix/Javelin as a Director of Business Development and as the Managing Director of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) lab at the University of Waterloo. For many years before that he managed engineering services at Christie Digital System’s global manufacturing headquarters in Ontario and spearheaded the expansion of their multimillion-dollar environmental testing lab and rapid prototyping center at Christie. Mark was also Managing Director of a community focused service bureau called Hyphen while at Christie.
Mark has been on the AMUG board in various roles for many years now and is passionate about teaching and educating the industry on the benefits of additive manufacturing.
Vice President & Director
Years of AMUG service: 2*
Jamie Cone is an Engineer II at Becton Dickinson and holds a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Biomedical Engineering. Jamie was first exposed to additive manufacturing technologies while working as an undergraduate researcher in the Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics laboratory at NC State. Jamie is now part of the Advanced Prototyping team within the Corporate Computer-Aided Engineering Department at BD Technologies and Innovation, and she has experience in primarily SLA and Carbon CLIP technologies.
Vice President & Director
Years of AMUG service: 4*
Carl K. Dekker serves as the President of Met-L-Flo, Inc., a growing service center for additive manufacturing located in Sugar Grove, IL. He has been actively involved in research and product development using current technologies and innovative methods.
Mr. Dekker is President-Elect and Director of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), Past Chair of the ASTM F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing and a Past Chairperson of the SME’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community (formerly the RPA). He also serves as the Chair of the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group of the RTAM. Being actively involved in fostering education he teaches the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Technologies Certificate Programs and also remains active in the Bright Minds Program as a member and Past Co-Chair. He was honored with the award of merit making him an Honorary Fellow of ASTM Intl. He holds a Master Certificate in Rapid Prototyping and is a proud recipient of the SLA “Dinosaur” award (Currently the Distinguished INnovator Operator – DINO).
Past and present positions held include: Chair of the ASTM F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing Conference Advisor, Industry Advisory Board Member for RapidTech, RapidTech National Visiting Committee Chair, T.E.A.M. NAB (Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing National Advisory Board) Member, Museum of Science and Industry Fab-Lab Advisory Board Chicago, Editorial Advisory Board for Time Compression Technologies Magazine, Waubonsee Community College Industry Advisory Board, Valley Industrial Association Board Member, National Design and Manufacturing Conference Advisor, National Plastics Exposition Conference Advisor, and Secretary of the 3D Systems North and Secretary of the 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group. He has also served as the Chair of many specialty programs and conference sessions.
Treasurer & Director
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSoE)
Years of AMUG service: 8
Vince Anewenter holds a BS in Business Finance from MSOE’s Raider School of Business and is a Journeyman toolmaker. He is currently the Director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he has been actively involved in the additive manufacturing industry since 2004. As Director, Mr. Anewenter is responsible for providing strategic additive manufacturing guidance and new product development expertise to a non-compete consortium of over 45 companies located throughout the world. Areas of expertise include: additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, injection molding, stamping, castings and product design.
Vince has been attending AMUG Conferences since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer since 2012.
Event Manager & Director
Years of AMUG service: 26*
Thomas has been with FCA, LLC for more than 34 years, with 24 years as Supervisor – Vehicle Engineering Development, Rapid Prototyping Development, Wood, Plastic, CNC, and Carbon Fiber Shops. He has over 35 years of experience in automotive design and engineering and more than 30 years of experience in rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing. Along with publishing numerous articles in the field of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling, additive manufacturing and photoelastic stress analysis using stereolithography, he has been a presenter/speaker at many technical conferences.
Thomas has been on the AMUG Executive Board as Event Manager since 1993. He is the recipient of the AMUG Distinguished INnovative Operator (DINO) Award, the AMUG President’s Award, and the AMUG Distinguished Service Award for his 25+ years on the Executive Board. In addition to his service to AMUG, Thomas has served as an SME advisor on several committees spanning 25 years, including the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Conference, Rapid Prototyping Association of SME, AUTOFACT Advisory Board; and, he was co-chair of the Bright Minds Mentor Program. Currently, Thomas is an advisor for the RAPID + TCT Conference and he holds the Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Master level certificate. In 2007, Thomas was voted by his industry peers as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Product Development and Rapid Manufacturing by TCT Magazine (UK). TCT Magazine is the leader in RP/AM and RP/AM related technologies.
Secretary & Director
Arcam, a GE Additive Company
Years of AMUG service: 2
Leslie Frost is the Global Marketing Communication Manager for the Arcam Group where she manages the marketing for Arcam EBM (EBM System Manufacturer), AP&C (Metal Powder Manufacturer) and DTI (Orthopedic Contract Manufacturer specializing in EBM). Previously she held marketing positions with Stratasys, Objet and SolidWorks and has been in the 3D printing industry for 10 years. Since moving to Arcam she has expanded her knowledge into the metal 3D printing world and is currently promoting and helping to expand the applications and adoption of EBM in orthopedics and aerospace production. Leslie is a member and mentor in Women in 3D Printing where she would like to help expand the adoption of women in this industry.
AM Industry Advisor & Director
T.A. Grimm & Associates
Years of AMUG service: 8
Todd Grimm, is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, which offers additive manufacturing and 3D imaging consulting and communications services. He is also a columnist for The TCT Magazine. In the 24 years that he has been involved with additive manufacturing, he has played many roles in the industry: author, writer, speaker and advisor. Todd is the author of “User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping” and has written hundreds of articles for a wide range of publications. He has served as an editorial advisor for both The TCT Magazine and Time-Compression Technologies and now serves as an independent director of ARC group Worldwide’s board.
In 1997 and 2012, Todd was named one of the most influential in the additive manufacturing industry on The TCT Magazine’s Top 25 and Top 20 lists. He has served as an advisor for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) technical communities and the organization’s RAPID conference. He is a Past Chairman of the society’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) community and its 3D Imaging technical group. He is also a recipient of SME’s Master-Level Certificate in additive manufacturing.
Years of AMUG service: 2
Kevin Zaras holds bachelor’s degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry from Western Illinois University and Roosevelt University, respectively. Kevin’s main expertise lies within the 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing industry where he has over 12 years of experience having held positions as R&D Chemist, Product Manager, Sales Account Manager and currently is Application Development Manager for DSM Somos’ line of SLA resins. In this role, he helps customers find innovative ways to adopt additive technologies into their production and manufacturing processes.
Deputy Vice President
Yazaki North America
Years of AMUG service: 4
Mark Wynn, after serving four years in the United States Marine Corp, earned an AS in engineering from Monroe Community College. He has also earned the Additive Manufacturing Certification from SME.
Mark was hired by Yazaki North America in 1994 and was tasked with starting the Rapid Prototype Group. He managed the group for over ten years and has seen it grow into a fully functional shop with several AM technologies, bridge tooling capabilities and subtractive equipment. He now works as a technical specialist within the RP Group, looking for new technologies and out of the box ideas to better support Yazaki’s customers with their prototyping and manufacturing needs.
Mark has been an AMUG conference attendee for the past 21 years, and he received a DINO award in 2015.
Deputy Vice President – Member Retention
Years of AMUG service: 2
Jay Dinsmore is the CEO of Dinsmore Inc. where he is an outspoken advocate and educator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies. With over 25 years of experience in the AM industry, Jay brings his in-depth understanding of engineering, manufacturing, and design to help connect people with the right technology. Having spent significant time in traditional manufacturing, he has keen insight into successful DFP (design for prototype) and DFAM (design for additive manufacturing) using cutting edge technologies from the leading manufacturers. When it comes to additive manufacturing technologies, Jay focuses on being plausibly unbiased. Instead, he uses innovations in the industry’s technologies as tools to help customers find solutions for their projects while objectively guiding and educating people at the same time.
Jay approaches his role as an AMUG Deputy Vice President with passion and dedication to help lead as an educator and entrepreneur in the AM space. As both Chair for Strategic Alliance for EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization) for three years, and serving as Deputy Vice President for AMUG member for the past 2 years, Jay Dinsmore’s expertise in both entrepreneurship and additive manufacturing gives him a multi-faceted perspective of AMUG’s effects on a larger scale; specifically, how the industry’s experts are deeply impacting the personal growth of each member.
Years of AMUG service: 6
Kim Killoran holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from North Dakota State University. She’s held a few different positions at the Stratasys but is currently a marketing events manager at the company with over nine years’ experience in the 3D printing industry, working first with the Dimension 3D Printer product line then with growing responsibilities across all Stratasys product lines. She has hands-on experience managing a bank of 3D printers at Stratasys, providing printed models for sales and marketing use. She currently manages the trade show and events program in North America. Before joining the company, Kim worked as a marketing project manager at Wilson Learning Corporation for 6 years.
Kim Killoran has been on the AMUG Board as Secretary since 2013 and received a DINO award in 2017.
Advisors to the Board
Goode Ink, LLC
Years of AMUG service: 13*
Elizabeth Goode is the Owner of Goode Ink, a creative marketing and communications company dedicated to developing brands, enhancing communication strategies, providing business development and increasing sales and marketing for small to mid-size companies. Goode has built an extensive background in integrated marketing communications, brand recognition, business development, community/investor/public relations, global communications, marketing, and strategic planning for established multi-million dollar companies for the high-tech, additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing, software and healthcare industries.
Prior to launching Goode Ink, Goode held the position of director, global marketing for Universal Laser Systems, a global CO2 laser and laser engraving system manufacturer, and managed the company’s marketing, branding and product launches.Before joining Universal Laser Systems, Goode held the position of director, corporate development for the California Healthcare Institute (CHI), a non-profit advocacy and public policy research organization representing leading biotechnology, medical, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies in California. Goode joined 3D Systems in 1999 and served as director of marketing for the company prior to holding the position of director, corporate development. Goode managed the investor relations, global communications and branding, and partnership programs for the company.
*Includes years served under 3DSNASUG and/or DTM Users Group
As an all volunteer organization, the AMUG Board works with individuals globally to increase awareness and build a strong additive manufacturing community.
Meet our Europe and Asia Ambassadors
Andrew Allshorn (Europe Ambassador)
At 3D-Squared / 3DDC
Andy Allshorn is a long-time proponent of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. His career working with and implementing additive technologies spans three decades. Since 2007, Andy has run his own successful consultancy business, At 3D-Squared, a company that provides dedicated and strategic support services for organizations involved with AM to maximize the technology’s capabilities.
Andy has an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge of the software, hardware and materials aspects that must be combined to generate best practices and results with AM. Moreover, Andy’s knowledge is augmented by a pragmatic and personable approach when applying his expertise for the benefit of others.
With unprecedented access to numerous industrial sectors, including automotive and aerospace, Andy’s experience and expertise have seen him invited to participate in various global events and summits. In 2016, Andy’s distinguished work in the AM sector was recognized by AMUG when he was awarded the exclusive Distinguished INnovator Operator (DINO) Award.
Stefan Ritt (Global Ambassador)
Dipl.eng. Stefan Ritt, Head of Global Marketing of 3YOURMIND GmbH, Berlin-Germany Stefan Ritt, after earning his engineering degree in technical physics from the University of Applied Science in Lübeck, Germany, started his career in RP/AM in 1985 when running a prototype lab in the R&D arm of a coffee and vending machine company. After that, he held positions in QA and product management for mid-sized Dutch and Danish companies. In 1998, Stefan took on international sales and marketing of RP tooling products for a UK/German joint venture. In this capacity, he was successful in international markets with the development and support of the transition of RPT and metal AM equipment into production equipment. Stefan has also worked for SLM Solutions where he continued his efforts to grow the metal AM market internationally. There he could manage to bring the first powder-bed Laser metal printer on display at an AMUG-conference. Currently, he acts as Head of Global Marketing for the Berlin-based company 3YOURMIND GmbH, which does develop software for AM-production workflows. This will enable the AM-industry to do the next step into commercial series production. He is a part-time lecturer for supply chain management at the technical university of Lübeck and guest lecturer for international business communication in marketing at the Technical University in Hamburg. In 2011, he was appointed as the European liaison officer and global ambassador for AMUG. As he travels around the world, he spreads the news about AMUG activities to expand the awareness of the users group in global markets. In 2015 he was awarded the AMUG-DINO for his continuous support and involvement for the user group and industry. Every year he brings the latest news, trends and future outlooks of the AM industry from around the world to the audience at the AMUG conference.
Graham Tromans (Europe and Asia Ambassador)
GP Tromans Associates
Graham Tromans is an industry consultant and president of G P Tromans Associates, an independent additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping and 3D printing consultancy. He has been involved with the additive technologies since 1990 when he was instrumental in the development and technology application acceptance with Rover Group, working with companies such as Land Rover, BMW, Aston Martin, Ford Volvo, Bentley Cars, Boeing Aircraft, British Aerospace, F1 racing, NASCAR, Rolls Royce, Perkins Engines, JCB and many others. He was also responsible for setting up the Land Rover facility and was an advisor to Jaguar Cars in the setting up of their facility.
He has represented the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry on Overseas Science and Technology Experts Missions to both USA and Japan, looking at the developments in RP/AM technology and applications. He has presented numerous papers in USA, Japan and Europe. Graham is currently chair of the Additive Manufacturing Association in the UK. He is editor of the book “Developments In Rapid Casting,” which is published by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London, and is also a chapter author in the book “Rapid Manufacturing – An Industrial Revolution For The Digital Age,” primarily focusing on automotive and motorsports applications.
In 2007 Graham became a Master-Level Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder, presented by the SME, USA: the first and only person to be awarded it in the UK to date. He has also been awarded the “Double” Dinosaur Award in both SLA and SLS by the 3D Systems Users Group, recognizing his long term contributions to both technologies. He is an event advisor for the SME-RAPID conference and was chair of the SME Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Steering committee in the USA. He is also a advisor to the Time Compression Technologies Conference held annually in the UK. Graham was ranked in the Top 25 In The Worlds most influential people in Additive Manufacturing in the TCT magazine readers global survey.
At AMUG, we are fortunate to have a community of devoted AMUG professionals that volunteer their time at the AMUG Conference.
Layered Manufacturing and Consulting
Shannon is the Owner/President of Layered Manufacturing and Consulting, an organization designed as a multi-solution hub for manufacturers looking to expand their breadth of additive implementation. Shannon began her additive career involved in patient-specific instrumentation, supporting the technology within the OR… she continues this pursuit with continued integration in patient specific enabling technologies as well as anatomical reference models. Shannon has worked directly with manufacturers, bureaus, end-users, surgeon recipients. A 2017 recipient of the AMUG DINO Award, Shannon is proficient in multiple technologies including SLS, SLA, FDM, Polyjet, MultiJet, DMLS, EBM, CLIP, castings, and molding solutions.
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Jordan Weston is the Manager of Operations at the Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC) at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The Rapid Prototyping Center provides value to members of a non-compete industrial consortium, through additive manufacturing services, applied research efforts, product/process development projects, and educational services.
Jordan holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering, both from MSOE, and has over 10 years’ experience in the additive industry. He has been actively involved with AMUG since first attending in 2012, frequently as a presenter and also volunteering as a track leader and AMUG Liaison. Jordan is also a member of the ASTM F42 committee on developing standards for additive manufacturing technologies.
He has a passion for practical additive manufacturing applications and problem solving, and has collaborated with clients from diverse industries including medical, manufacturing, automotive, heavy vehicles, and consumer products.