IHEA Announces 2023 - 24 Board of Directors and Officers

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The Industrial Heating Equipment Association (IHEA) recently announced its 2023 – 24 Board of Directors and Executive Officers. Taking over as President is Brian Kelly of Honeywell Thermal Solutions; Vice-President is Jeff Rafter of Selas Heat Technology Co. LLC.; and Treasurer is Gary Berwick of Dry Coolers, Inc. Jeff Valuck of Surface Combustion assumes the Past President position.

IHEA President Brian Kelly has been an active IHEA member for over 20 years and has served as the Education Committee and Combustion Seminar chair for many of those years. When asked what goals he has for IHEA, Brian states, “I plan to focus on further defining IHEA’s sustainability/decarbonization vision and solidify a roadmap that puts IHEA in the forefront of emerging trends that are impacting our industry. In addition, I plan to push to finalize the Advanced Online Industrial Process Heating course to offer more educational opportunities for people in the thermal processing industry.”

IHEA also welcomes a new face to the Board of Directors, Helen Tuttle. Currently serving as vice president of finance, Helen has been with WS Thermal Process Technology Inc. since 2000. 

WS Thermal Process Technology Inc. is the North American sales and service office for WS Warmeprozesstechnik GmbH, selling the WS line of high temperature, highly efficient, low emissions burner systems for industrial furnaces. Over the past several years Helen has been involved with IHEA’s Education Committee and looks forward to working more on knowledge base initiatives. She is a graduate of the University of Toledo with personal interests that include traveling with her husband and enjoying the outdoors. IHEA is happy to have Helen’s involvement as the first woman to serve on the IHEA Board of Directors.

To complete the slate of IHEA’s Board of Directors for 2023-2024, the following members continue their service: Scott Bishop, Southern Company; Alberto Cantu, Nutec Bickley; Bob Fincken, Super Systems, Inc.; Ben Gasbarre, Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems; Doug Glenn, Heat Treat Today; John Podach, Fostoria Infrared; Jason Safarz, Karl Dungs, Inc.; John Stanley, Karl Dungs, Inc.; and Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy.

In addition, IHEA is equally pleased to note the dedication and service of all members who serve on IHEA Committees and Divisions. Special appreciation goes to our current committee chairpersons: Sustainability Committee led by Jeff Rafter, Selas Heat Technology Co. LLC; Safety Standards and Codes Committee led by Jason Safarz, Karl Dungs, Inc.; Education Committee led by Brian Kelly, Honeywell Thermal Solutions; Marketing Communication & Membership Committee led by Erik Klingerman, Industrial Heating Magazine. The Infrared Division is chaired by Marty Sawyer, Trimac Industrial Systems; and the Induction Division is chaired by Michael Stowe, Advanced Energy.

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Established in 1929 to meet the need for effective group action in promoting the interests of industrial furnace manufacturers, IHEA has expanded and currently includes designers and manufacturers of all types of industrial heat processing equipment used for the melting, refining and heat processing of ferrous and nonferrous metals and certain nonmetallic materials and heat-treatment of products made from them.  Visit IHEA online at and on FACEBOOK.