ACMA president Tom Dobbins to resign after 13 years of leadership
After 13 years leading the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA; Arlington, Va., U.S.), Tom Dobbins will leave his role as president on March 14, 2020. He will join the Aluminum Association (Arlington) as President & CEO.
“On behalf of ACMA's leadership, I want to thank Tom for his 13 years of service. Our association has grown and prospered under Tom’s leadership. We have embarked upon a number of innovative growth initiatives that will add value to current and future members. Most importantly, our current and future customers will recognize us as innovative partners in their business,” says Scott Balogh, ACMA chairman of the board.
During Dobbins’ tenure with ACMA, the association expanded its market growth initiatives with the establishment of the Composites Growth Initiative and launched CAMX — North America's largest composites industry tradeshow — in partnership with the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE, Diamond Bar, Calif., U.S.). Additionally, ACMA has achieved numerous legislative successes for the increased use of composites in various applications and markets, including defense, automotive, aerospace and infrastructure. The association reports that it has deepened ties with OEMs within automotive and aerospace with the introduction of its ACMA Composites Technology Days, opening doors for ACMA’s member companies to engage and educate engineers and designers within major OEMs.
In a letter to ACMA's membership, Dobbins said. “This is a great organization, a growing organization, and it will continue with my successor … ACMA members are truly the backbone of this organization, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside so many of you for so long. There is no limit to what this association can accomplish, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.”
According to Balogh, a search committee will be appointed to recruit Dobbins’ replacement.