ANN ARBOR, MI-The Automated Imaging Association (AIA) announced its board of directors for 2007-2008 at its annual Business Conference in Orlando, FL. John Merva, vice president of sales and marketing at CCS America Inc., has been elected president. “I am excited to continue serving the industry in this important role with the AIA,” Merva says. “We have two particularly exciting initiatives for the next year. The AIA’s international efforts are coming together with those of the European Machine Vision Association and the new Japan Industrial Imaging Association to create new global machine vision standards. This should help our member companies create products to sell in global markets. At the same time, the AIA is investing in efforts to find new markets for machine vision technology. Both of these efforts should assist business development for our members and grow the industry, which is the overall focus of the AIA.”

Also newly elected to two-year terms on the AIA board are: Glenn Archer, director of business development, Epic Vision Solutions; Michael Cyros, president, Allied Vision Technologies Inc.; Mike Kelley, director, Machine Vision, Neural ID; Rusty Ponce de Leon, president, Phase 1 Technology Corp.; Edward Roney, development manager-vision, Fanuc Robotics America Inc. and Adil Shafi, president, Shafi Inc.

Returning board members elected to new two-year terms include: Joseph Christenson, president and CEO, PPT Vision Inc.; Rob Giesen, senior group manager, National Instruments; Henrik Ilsby, senior vice president, JAI A/S; Dietmar Ley, CEO, Basler Vision Technologies; Amir Novini, president/CEO, Applied Vision Co.; Keith Reuben, president, Dalsa Asia-Pacific; and Bob Settle, vice president, worldwide distribution, Cognex Corp.

Donald Vincent, executive vice president, Automation Technologies Council, remains on the board as an ex-officio member.