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IFPS Announces 2021 Officers

The International Fluid Power Society is pleased to announce that Rocky Phoenix, CFPMMH, was elected 2021 president and chair during the IFPS annual meeting. Rocky is the 61st president of IFPS and will take office along with the 2021 board of directors in January. 

Rocky served as IFPS membership vice president and is a member of the Fluid Power Hall of Fame selection committee. He has been involved in the fluid power industry for 15 years with Open Loop Energy, Winnemucca, Nevada, working in the mining industry. Rocky is a graduate of North Seattle College, where he earned an associate’s degree in industrial drafting and design. His previous work experience includes many years in the motorcycle and automotive industries. He is an active private pilot.

“I am both excited and honored to be elected president by the IFPS membership for 2021,” Rocky said. “I anticipate a progressive and exciting time ahead for our membership, even in this unique and trying time in our history. I look forward to the progress we will make going forward working with the most knowledgeable and passionate membership I know of in any industry.”

The following officers were confirmed at the meeting:

First Vice President: Denis Poirier, Jr., CFPAI/AJPP, CFPHS, CFPIHM, CFPCC – Eaton Corporation

Immediate Past President: Jeff Kenney, CFPIHM, CFPMHM, CFPMHT – Dover Hydraulics South

Treasurer: Jeff Hodges, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPMHM – Altec Industries

Vice President Certification: James O’Halek, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPMIP, CMPMM – The Boeing Company

Vice President Marketing and Public Relations: Scott Sardina, PE, CFPAI, CFPHS – Waterclock Engineering

Vice President Education: Randy Bobbitt, CFPAI, CFPHS – Danfoss Power Solutions

Vice President Membership: John Bibaeff, PE, CFPE, CFPAI, CFPS

IFPS welcomes the following new directors-at-large:

Jon Rhodes, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPECS – CFC Industrial Training

Steve Bogush, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPHS, CFPIHM – Poclain Hydraulics

The following directors-at-large were reconfirmed at the annual meeting:

Stephen Blazer, CFPE, CFPS, CFPMHM, CFPIHT, CFPMHT – Altec Industries

Chauntelle Baughman, CFPHS – OneHydraulics

Cary Boozer, PE, CFPE – Motion Industries

Lisa DeBenedetto, CFPS – GS Global Resources

Daniel Fernandes, CFPECS, CFPS – Sun Hydraulics

Brandon Gustafson, PE, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHM – Graco

Garrett Hoisington, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM – Open Loop Energy

Brian Kenoyer, CFPHS – Five Landis Corp.

Mohaned Shahin, CFPS – Parker Hannifin

Randy Smith, CFPHS – Northrop Grumman Corp.

Honorary directors-at-large and ex-officio were reconfirmed at the annual meeting:

Ex-officio – Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director

Elizabeth Rehfus, CFPE, CFPS

Paul Prass, Fluid Power Journal

Robert Sheaf, CFPAI/AJPP, CFC Industrial Training

Special thanks to outgoing past president Timothy White, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPECS, CFPMIH, CFPMMH, CFPMIP, CFPMT, CFPMM, of The Boeing Company, and outgoing vice president of education Kenneth Dulinski, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPECS, CFPHS, CFPMIH, CFMMH, CFPMT, of Macomb Community College, as they complete their tenures on the IFPS board. Their many years of service, commitment, and expertise helped steer the society in its mission.

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