American Foundry Society Announces Revised Succession Plan

The American Foundry Society, North America’s largest and most influential metalcasting organization, today announced revisions to its Board-leadership succession plan.

The changes were made following the resignation of Jim Frost, who had been Vice President, from the Society’s Executive Committee.

AFS announced that President Mike Lenahan (KB Foundry Services) has agreed to serve a second term as President through April 2022 and that Immediate Past President Peter Reich (LaempeReich) has agreed to extend his term of service also through April 2022.

To further foster continuity, the Board of Directors elevated Adam San Solo (US Foundry) from 2nd Vice President to Vice President. San Solo served on the Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016 before becoming 2nd Vice President in April 2020. He has been active in a variety of AFS endeavors and committees, including the Government Affairs Fly-Ins and Regional conferences. He has a B.A. degree in physics and a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering.

The Board of Directors also elected Bradford Muller (Charlotte Pipe & Foundry) to serve as 2nd Vice President. In addition to serving currently on the Board of Directors, Muller is past chair of the AFS Management Council and AFS Government Affairs Committee. He has a B.A. degree in political science.

Doug Kurkul, CEO of AFS, said, “AFS is fortunate to have highly committed volunteer leaders. We thank Jim Frost for his longstanding service to AFS and will miss his experience, wisdom and humor.”

“The revisions to the AFS Board leadership succession plan announced today,” Kurkul continued, “will ensure continuity of Board leadership now, at a critical time for the industry, and years into the future. AFS is committed to advancing its mission, meeting members’ needs, and helping the metalcasting industry emerge from this year’s challenges stronger than ever going forward.”

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $44 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Casting Source magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at