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IFPS Announces 2022 Board of Directors

The International Fluid Power Society is pleased to announce that Denis Poirier Jr., CFPHS, CFPAI, CFPAJPP/AJPPCC, CFPCC, CFPIHM, was elected 2022 president and chair of the IFPS board of directors during its annual meeting in October. Poirier is the 62nd president of the board that takes office in January. 

Denis M. Poirier Jr. began his career in the U.S. Navy, where his primary job specialty incorporated the operation, maintenance, and repair of major caliber weapons delivery systems, small arms, and associated support equipment. He has over 20 years of honorable military service with extensive experience in mechanics, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical systems, electronic control systems, and automated delivery systems.

Poirier joined Eaton Hydraulics Group (now Danfoss Power Solutions) in 2013 as a senior training specialist and currently holds the position as the training operations manager with Danfoss. He oversees instructor-led content, facilities, and learning materials.

He is a licensed journeyman in the electronics mechanic trade, a master training specialist with the Naval Education and Training Command, and a licensed training specialist at Southern Illinois University. He holds a bachelor’s in workforce education and development and is certified by IFPS as an accredited instructor and job performance proctor.

“I am humbled my peers have elected me to represent the International Fluid Power Society,” Poirier said. “I look forward to the year ahead and how IFPS can support the fluid power industry with relevant materials and certifications.”

Board Officers

  • First Vice President: Scott Sardina, PE, CFPAI, CFPHS – Waterclock Engineering
  • Immediate Past President: Rocky Phoenix, CFPMMH – Open Loop Energy
  • 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: Chauntelle Baughman, CFPHS – OneHydraulics
  • Vice President Education: Randy Bobbitt, CFPAI, CFPHS – Danfoss Power Solutions
  • Vice President Membership: Garrett Hoisington, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPS, CFPMHM – Open Loop Energy

New Directors-At-Large

  • Brian Wheeler, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPMM, CFPMIP – The Boeing Company
  • Ethan Stuart, CFPS, CFPECS – Wainbee Limited

Reconfirmed Directors-at-Large

  • Stephen Blazer, CFPE, CFPS, CFPMHM, CFPIHT, CFPMHT – Altec Industries
  • Steve Bogush, CFPAI/AJPP, CFPHS, CFPIHM – Poclain Hydraulics
  • Cary Boozer, PE, CFPE – Motion Industries
  • Lisa DeBenedetto, CFPS – Argo-Hytos
  • Daniel Fernandes, CFPECS, CFPS – Sun Hydraulics
  • Brian Kenoyer, CFPHS – Five Landis Corp.
  • Jon Rhodes, CFPAI, CFPS, CFPECS – CFC Industrial Training
  • Mohaned Shahin, CFPS – Parker Hannifin
  • Randy Smith, CFPHS – Northrop Grumman Corp.

Reconfirmed Honorary Directors-at-Large and Ex-Officio

  • Ex-Officio: Donna Pollander, ACA, Executive Director
  • Elizabeth Rehfus, CFPE, CFPS
  • Paul Prass, Fluid Power Journal
  • Robert Sheaf, CFPAI/AJPP, CFC Industrial Training

As they complete their tenures on the board, IFPS thanks its outgoing Past President Jeff Kenney, CFPMHT, MHM, IHM, and Director-at-Large Brandon Gustafson, PE, CFPE, CFPS, CFPIHT, CFPMHM, of Graco. Their many years of service, commitment, and expertise helped steer IFPS in its mission.

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