Started working for the IFPS: I started working in the fluid power industry in 1994 when I was hired at an Association Management Company (AMC) who managed the Fluid Power Distributors Association (now known as The FPDA Motion & Control Network). I started working with the IFPS in 2001 when the AMC I was working for was sold to another AMC who managed the group. I was the assistant director in 2003 and then promoted to executive director in 2004.
Duties: I am responsible for the day-to-day activities of IFPS, managing the operations, facility, and staff. I always make sure we are in compliance with the IFPS bylaws and all Board-determined policies and procedures. A big part of my job is working with subject matter experts to develop and update our certification programs. I also serve as secretariat of the Fluid Power Educational Foundation.
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: For as large as the fluid power community is, it’s an amazingly close-knit group of passionately driven, kind individuals. The IFPS is a non-profit organization that could not survive without the dedication of volunteers. For the past 22 years, I have had the honor of working with some of the most giving, intelligent, passionate individuals. I can honestly say I look forward to coming to work each day.
Hobbies and interests: I am a family person above all! I am the youngest of 6 children raised in a close, loud, N.J. Italian family. I have been married for 29 years, have 4 sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. I love spending time with my family, walking, dancing, laughing, and being on the beach in Ocean City, N.J.
Contact: 856-874-7253 or email@example.com
Started working for the IFPS: 2001
Duties: I am responsible for the overall communications efforts for the IFPS. Needless to say, this has evolved tremendously since the fax machine was king! “Communications” is no longer just mailing newsletters; it involves many communication vehicles—website maintenance, electronic communications, connecting with our members on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.—and since we’re on the topic, visit www.ifps.org and connect with us on social media!
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: I can honestly say I have never worked with a more vested and dedicated group of individuals as I have working with the IFPS Board of Directors and industry employees. Their passion is contagious and makes me happily engaged in my job.
Hobbies and interests: I am a huge Zumba fan, love to read, and enjoy spending weekends at a lake in the mountains with my family and friends away from most electronic devices (no cell service or TV!).
Contact: 800-308-6005, x115 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Started working for the IFPS: January 2003
Duties: My day-to-day responsibilities are to renew membership and recertification, interact with our membership, manage the database, and manage online training.
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: My favorite thing about working at IFPS is meeting members who are passionate about the fluid power industry and see the value of the Society.
Hobbies and interests: My hobbies and interests revolve around my family: watching my daughter play softball, my son earn his way to Eagle Scout, and helping my older son with his wedding plans. I love to do crafts, and my favorite pastime is Pinterest. As I move into an empty nest, my husband and I plan to take up hiking as our new hobby.
Contact: 800-308-6005, x124 or email@example.com
Started working for the IFPS: June 2015
Duties: Marketing, sales, customer relations
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: From a “big picture” perspective, it’s interesting to be a part of a diverse group of people coming together, very passionately, about their industry. Egos are left at the door to achieve a common goal. I also enjoy working in our small work environment at IFPS headquarters. We all have our roles, and each is very important. In many ways, it is like a family.
Hobbies and interests: I have 3 children, and their activities keep me pretty busy. I have 2 daughters—18 and 16 years old—and a 13-year-old son. I have recently developed a passion for working out, and it has become a regular activity for me. Spending time outdoors is important to me. I try to take my dogs to the park every weekend.
Contact: 856-874-7256 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Started working for the IFPS: March 2014
Duties: A little mix of everything, but mostly meeting, tradeshow, and workshop planning and attendance, as well as committee, subject matter expert, and Accredited Instructor coordination.
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: Being completely new to the fluid power industry, I love seeing how passionate and involved everyone is, whether they’re newly employed or post-retirement. The saying “If you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life” certainly holds truth.
Hobbies and interests: Dogs, dogs, and more dogs. I spend most of my free time volunteering with local rescues, pet sitting on nights and weekends, and going on adventures with my mutt, Amber. I’m also an avid Elvis Duran and the Morning Show and alternative rock fan, usually dragging my fiancé to events that include one of the two.
Contact: 856-874-7252 or email@example.com
Started working for the IFPS: April 2014
Duties: My responsibilities are coordinating onsite test events in the U.S. and Canada for our customers, which includes the application process, identifying proctors, and preparing exams, as well as scheduling individuals at our testing locations and answering any questions one may have about certifications.
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: I learn something every day, and when I can share that knowledge with our customers, it is a great feeling. My coworkers are a pleasure to work with, which makes it enjoyable to come to work.
Hobbies and interests: I am dedicated to working out and staying healthy, enjoy traveling, and spending time at the Jersey Shore.
Contact: 800-308-6005, x113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Started working for the IFPS: November 2004. I started as the certification assistant and then moved on to becoming the bookkeeper.
Duties: Payroll (which, of course, is the most important!), pay invoices, deposit checks, process credit cards, help with phone calls
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: Most everyone you work with is friendly and wants to make the industry better.
Hobbies and interests: I am a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother of two. I like taking walks, reading, taking trips and cruises, and going to the beach.
Contact: 856-874-7254 or email@example.com
Started working for the IFPS: 2005
Duties: Mailing, filing, and test scoring
Favorite thing about working within the fluid power industry: Working with my coworkers
Hobbies and interests: Spending time with my family at my mobile vacation home, gardening and bowling
Contact: 856-424-8988, x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org