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Board of Directors AMFA

AMFA is governed by a 13-member board; these volunteers are elected from the membership to serve a staggered two-year term.
Wade Karnes
AMFA President Cast & Color LLC / Zakobe LLC
Wade was elected to the AMFA Board in 2017, and serves as Board President.  Wade is Chair of the Education Committee, and also serves on the Financ...
Blake Kolquist
AMFA Vice President GPM, Inc.
Blake was elected to the AMFA Board in 2018, and currently serves as Vice President as well as active with the Programs and ET Beer Social Committe...
Jim Petruga
AMFA Secretary Northern Engineering
Jim was elected to the AMFA Board in 2015, serving as AMFA President in 2018 and 2019.  He is Chair of the ET Beer Social Committee.  Jim also serv...
Mary Brandt
AMFA Treasurer Advanced Minnesota
Mary Brandt has served as an AMFA or AMFA ET Board member since 2008, providing an important link to post-secondary education.  More importantly, M...
Rally Hess
AMFA ET President Hibbing Fabricators, Inc.
Rally joined the AMFA board in 2022.  As Owner and President of Hibbing Fabricators, Inc., Rally brings another valued manufacturing voice to the b...
Todd Hanson
AMFA ET Vice President Productivity, Inc.
Todd was elected to the AMFA Board in 2012.   Todd is Chair of the ET Golf Social Committee and serves on the Programs Committee.   He also serves ...
Dustin Thibodeau
AMFA ET Secretary Northland Machine, Inc.
Dustin Thibodeau started machining in 2004 and has been doing it ever since.  As a former business owner in Oregon - manufacturing awards, trophies...
Jeff Halter
AMFA ET Treasurer Range Steel Fabricators
Jeff joined the AMFA board in 2022. He is the owner and president of Hibbing-based Range Steel Fabricators, a manufacturer with a 100-year history ...
Jake Pessenda
Director Altec, Inc.
Jake was elected to the AMFA Board in 2020, and serves as on the Marketing/Membership Committee. Jake is the Plant Manager at Altec, Inc. located i...
Richard Pierce
Director Tip Top Chimney LLC
Richard was elected to the AMFA Board in 2020, and serves on the Education Committee. Richard is the owner of Tip Top Chimney located in Gilbert, M...
Brad Vieths
Director Lake Superior College
Brad was elected to the AMFA Board in 2016, and serves on the Education, ET Grant Review, and ET Legacy Fund Committees. Brad is the Dean of Busine...
Ian Vincent
Director APEX
Ian was elected to the AMFA Board in 2014, and serves as Board Vice President. Ian also serves on the Marketing/Membership, Government Affairs, Fab...

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