AFS Announces Council Leaders for 2021-2022

The American Foundry Society, North America’s largest and most influential metalcasting association, today announced its Council leaders and Research Board members. Together, they will play important roles in advancing the AFS Strategic Plan.

The AFS committee structure is built around the Technical Council and the Management Council, both of which report to the Board of Directors. These councils help drive the AFS mission of advocacy, education and innovation. There are 10 technical divisions and several dozen committees under the rubric of the Technical Council. Under the Management Council are five committees.

The 2021-2023 officers of the Technical Council will be: Chair, David Weiss of Eck Industries; Vice Chair, Brian Began of Foseco; Secretary, Adam Kopper of Mercury Marine; and Secretary-Elect, Tim Hoyt of Allied Mineral Products. AFS thanks them, and all of the members of the Technical Council, for their service to AFS and the industry. AFS also thanks outgoing Chair Greg Miskinis, formerly of Waupaca Foundry, for his outstanding leadership over the past two years.

The 2020-2022 officers of the Management Council are: Chair, Teresa Weber of ATEK Metal Products; and Vice Chair, Alexandria Trusov of Alpha Resources LLC. AFS thanks them and all of the members of the Management Council, for their dedication and service. AFS also thanks past Chair Brad Muller of Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co. for his leadership as the Council’s first Chair.

The AFS Research Board is an independent board, reporting to the AFS Board of Directors, that authorizes, prioritizes and monitors AFS research investments. At this time, AFS has $557,000 in metalcasting research projects underway, in addition to defense-related research as part of the American Metalcasting Consortium. For 2021-2022, the officers will be: Chair, Jim Archibald, formerly of ASK Chemicals; and members Andy Bain of Ford Meter Box; Don Craig of Watts Water Technologies Inc.; and Mark Osborne of Wabtec. One additional Research Board position is vacant and remains to be filled. AFS is grateful to immediate past Chair David Jakstis of Spirit Aerosystems for his outstanding leadership and service to the Research Board over the past five years.

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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