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2022 IFPS Spring Meeting Highlights

Back row from left: Brian Wheeler, Scott Sardina, Mo Shahin, Jim O’Halek, Brian Kenoyer, Garrett Hoisington Denis Poirier, Rocky Phoenix, and Steve Blazer. Front row from left: Chauntelle Baughman, Donna Pollander, and Lisa DeBenedetto.

Brian Kenoyer, Steve Miller, Mike Hanley, Mo Shahin, and Bradley Wagner.

Jon Jensen builds a pneumatic bottle racer.

The IFPS spring meeting, held in Charleston, South Carolina, was conducted in person and virtually, and it’s exciting to report that meeting attendance was 90% in person!

IFPS couldn’t operate without the passion, expertise, time, and effort of the dedicated volunteers who make up our board of directors. They have a lot planned for 2022 and are looking for support from the fluid power community. If you have interest or expertise in any of the following areas, please contact Donna Pollander, IFPS Executive Director, by emailing dpollander@ifps.org. Committees meet via conference calls several times a year.

• The Certification Committee is looking for volunteers to help develop a hydraulic technician certification that will cover both mobile and industrial applications.

• The Education Committee is looking for volunteers to help increase IFPS educational online and in-person content.

• The Membership Committee has launched a mentorship program. Its goal is to connect early-career individuals and experienced fluid power professionals. The committee will look for mentors and mentees in the upcoming months. Details forthcoming.

• The Marketing Committee is looking for creative-minded volunteers to help with social and digital marketing.

Besides the work accomplished during the meeting, the attendees had some fun too. They enjoyed a carriage ride through historic Charleston, a Fort Sumter tour, and pneumatic bottle races.

Bob Sheaf uses pneumatics to inflate the motor for the bottle racer.

IFPS invites all members to join in the comradery and networking at our next meeting, Sept. 26-29, in San Diego. So mark your calendar!

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