Metal Powder Industries Federation

Metal Powder Group Elects Officers

November 2015

Patrick J. McGeehan, vice president & general manager of the specialty metal products division, Ametek, Inc., Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, was elected the 28th president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), succeeding Richard Pfingstler, Atlas Pressed Metals, DuBois, Pennsylvania. His two-year term took effect at the conclusion of the federation's annual meeting recently held in Austin, Texas.

Two of the federation's six associations also installed new presidents during the annual meeting. Dean Howard, PMT, vice president, sales, North American Höganäs, Inc., Hollsopple, Pennsylvania, was elected president of the Metal Powder Producers Association (MPPA); and Thomas K. Houck, vice president, US MIM operation, ARCMIM, Longmont, Colorado, was elected president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA). McGeehan's PM career spans 30+ years. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Materials Science & Engineering from Drexel University. McGeehan has been with Ametek, Inc., for seven years, and prior to Ametek, Inc., he was at Hoeganaes Corporation for 25 years, most recently as senior vice president, operations & technology. McGeehan most recently served as president of the Metal Powder Producers Association (MPPA) and a member of the MPIF Board of Governors. Active in the PM industry for many years, he received the MPIF Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award in 2011. He's also a member of the MPIF Awards Committee; served on the MPIF Technical Board; co-chaired MPIF's Roadmap Strategy Board; and has been a member of APMI International for over 30 years. McGeehan co-chaired the 1990 annual MPIF PM conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as the 2008 PM World Congress in Orlando, Florida. He and his wife, Joyce, reside in Moorestown, New Jersey. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Howard has been promoting PM technology since entering the industry in 1991 as a sales manager for Abbott Furnace Company. In 1997, he joined Pyron Corporation and was retained after its acquisition by North American Höganäs, where he is currently vice president of sales. A member of the MPPA Board of Directors since 2009, Howard obtained his PMT Level I certification in 2004 prior to joining the APMI Board of Directors in 2007. He served as APMI president from 2010 to 2014.

Houck's interest in engineering and PM began in 1987 while serving in the U.S. Army. He honed his management skills at Zenith Sintered Components, MascoTech/Metaldyne Sintered Components, and Cloyes Gear & Products before entering the MIM industry. An active member of MIMA, Houck co-chaired the MIM2015 conference and will co-chair the upcoming MIM2016 conference.

MPIF is the umbrella trade federation representing the international metal powder producing and consuming industries. In addition to MPPA and MIMA, the federation also comprises the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association, Powder Metallurgy Equipment Association, the Refractory Metals Association, and the Isostatic Pressing Association.

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