Lori Luchak Carries on Family Tradition as President of ACMA Board

Lori Luchak, president of Miles Fiberglass & Composites in Portland, Oregon, is the new president of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).   The leader of a second generation involved in a family business, Luchak has been active in ACMA for many years, serving as member of the Board, chairing the Convention Committee, speaking at various training programs, taking part in strategic planning and serving as contributing editor for ACMA’s CM Magazine.  She earned her Certified Composites Technician (CCT) status in 1999.

Luchak is the daughter of two-term ACMA president, Lowell Miles, who is CEO and owner of Miles Fiberglass & Composites.  “I learned a lot from watching my father lead ACMA through difficult times,” she recalls.

While acknowledging the composites industry and ACMA have faced many tough challenges in recent years, Luchak believes there are exciting opportunities ahead.  According to her, “The focus on energy efficiency and the increase in demand for lighter, more durable products has opened the door for composites.”

“I have seen many changes in ACMA since I attended my first annual trade show held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 25 years ago,” says Luchak.  “I could not imagine that I would someday be the first female president of ACMA, a testament to it being a forward thinking organization.”

Luchak succeeds Monty Felix as president of ACMA.  A former Marine Colonel, Felix is the CEO of Alaglas Pools in St. Matthews, South Carolina.  “His forward thinking mentality moved ACMA from being reactive to proactive,” says Luchak of her predecessor.  “I will work hard to keep that same momentum.”

With Luchak’s ascension, Jay Merrell becomes the president-elect/treasurer of ACMA’s Board.  Merrell is with Norplex-Micarta in Noblesville, Indiana.

Monty Felix will become ACMA’s immediate past president.  Leon Garoufalis, president/COO of Composites One, LLC, will be vice president and John Gaither, CEO of Reichhold, Inc., will be secretary. Kevin McDonald, general manager of PPG Industries Fiber Glass, is the new supplier at large for the Board.

Joining the ACMA Board of Directors:

* Steven Balogh – Vice-President of Mar-Bal, Inc.
* Gary Beck -- President of Global Composites, Inc.
* Dirk De Vuyst – President & CEO of International Marble Industries, Inc.  A past president of the International Cast Polymer Alliance, De Vuyst is ICPA’s liaison to the ACMA board.
* Andy Harris – CEO of Syrgis Performance Products.
* Tom Hedger – President of Magnum Venus Plastech.
*  Tom Pilcher – President of Ershigs, Inc.

To access the entire ACMA Board of Directors, click here.

Representing over 3,000 companies, the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) is the world's largest trade group representing the composites industry. ACMA publishes a quarterly magazine, Composites Manufacturing; offers a universal, comprehensive training program for fabricators - Certified Composites Technician - and provides strong, proactive leadership in technical, government and regulatory affairs. In addition, ACMA hosts COMPOSITES, the largest composites tradeshow in North America with supplier and manufacturer representatives from all market segments.

For more information, visit: www.acmanet.org

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