The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering has hired an executive director with 24 years of experience in trade group management.
Gregg Balko is to join SAMPE's office in Covina, Calif., on July 5, filling a position that has been vacant since October 2002.
President Clark Johnson announced Balko's appointment at SAMPE 2004, held May 16-19 in Long Beach.
Balko is senior vice president of two collocated Los Angeles-based groups, Promax, for entertainment industry promoters and marketers, and Broadcast Design Association, for those dealing with television news graphics, advertisements and Web sites. He joined Promax in 1986 and oversaw educational programs and establishment of conferences in Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Earlier, Balko was a senior administrator with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for eight years.
In the absence of an executive director, SAMPE board members and staff ``stepped it up,'' said Johnson, who is manager of system engineering with Boeing Co.'s satellite systems business in El Segundo, Calif. It was ``a tremendous growing period'' for SAMPE.
At the Long Beach meeting, SAMPE observed its 60th anniversary and saw three key industry players return as exhibitors: Cytec Engineered Materials Inc. of Tempe, Ariz.; Hexcel Corp.'s research, technology and corporate services facility in Dublin, Calif.; and Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc. of Flower Mound, Texas.
In a first at SAMPE, a Defense Department unit collocated meetings and presentations relating to guidelines for polymer matrix composites. Collocation discussions continue with other trade groups such as the American Composites Manufacturers Association and SME, but ``nothing has materialized,'' Johnson said. ``If we ever go forward, it must be a win-win situation. We must understand each side's value.''
Anthony Falcone, lead materials engineer with Boeing in Kent, Wash., succeeds Johnson as SAMPE president July 1.