by Brian Huse (Director, Marketing & PR, RIA)
Four new Platinum members emerged from the Robotics Industry Forum in Orlando last week (November 7-9, 2007) and – along with others at this elite membership level – will be honored in media campaigns throughout 2008. I think it is safe to say this is the biggest news that has come out of the Forum in ages, and is a testament to the energy and leadership of the volunteers in RIA’s Membership Committee.
Two of the new Platinum Suppliers are from the Membership Committee itself: EPSON Robots and Stäubli Robotics. Kuka Robotics also stepped up to Platinum Supplier, and Genesis Systems Group became a Platinum Integrator.
Catherine Morris of ATI Industrial Automation chairs the RIA Membership Committee, and in one morning while at the Forum she and the rest of the group formulated a plan to honor RIA’s supplier and integrator members in the Platinum category. These are companies that pay more for dues; expect more and get more back in benefits; and can always be found at the forefront of the robotics industry.
With the blessing of RIA’s Board of Directors, who also met during the Forum, Chairman Morris spoke to a gathering of the industry’s top companies during the opening networking reception to invite others to join the ranks of Platinum members for special recognition. In the coming months, she explained, their companies will be honored as industry leaders in a print ad campaign with leading trade journals including RIA’s Robotics Industry Directory.
Only at the Forum could there be enough authority on hand that literally overnight the Platinum Supplier category almost doubled from four to seven, and Integrators got a big boost when RIA’s new president, Richard Litt, declared his company, Genesis Systems Group, a Platinum Integrator. Time still remains for other companies to make the choice for Platinum and also be recognized in the upcoming media campaign.
Assembly magazine has been selected as the first media partner for ad placements that highlight Platinum supplier and integrator members. You can contact staff or anyone on the Membership Committee to discuss your options. Today, more than 270 companies belong to RIA as suppliers, integrators, users and consultants, and there is a level of membership that fits any budget and corporate vision.
I want to express my personal appreciation to a group of hard working friends and colleagues who meet every quarter to examine ways to bring more value to RIA members. Volunteers on the Membership Committee include:
Catherine Morris, Chairman (Senior Account Manager, ATI Industrial Automation)
Michael Ferrara (Director, Factory Automation Robotics, EPSON Robots)
Joe Gemma (North American Sales Manager, Stäubli Robotics)
Michael Jacobs (President, Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.)
Dave Potter (Vice President, Distribution, FANUC Robotics America, Inc.)
Peter Tarbell (Midwest Regional Manager, Robotics, DENSO Robotics)
Full contact information of these committee members is not listed here to avoid those who might try to harvest such information for spam. I’m happy to connect you with these and others who can talk to you about membership, and of course I can handle inquiries of this nature, too. I can be reached at 734/994-6088 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or go ahead and leave a comment here — just be sure to leave me a way to reach you.
Join or upgrade today – 2008 will be a great year for all of RIA’s members!