On behalf of the entire AWS organization, welcome! I hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more about each of us and how we’re working as a united team to help you reach your goals successfully.
- You may be an experienced welder or a prospective student exploring a possible welding career
- You may be an equipment or manufacturing company president or independent welding shop owner
- Or perhaps you’re educating our next welding generation
Regardless of your personal connection to welding, you all have an important stake in seeing our industry continue to grow and thrive.
Our AWS officers have the in-depth knowledge to support your efforts. Each office has decades of leadership experience representing every facet of our industry. From senior level engineering and certified inspector rolls, to spearheading standards committees, to running successful manufacturing, equipment and other welding-related businesses, AWS officers have the background to support your goals.
I hope you’ll get to know all of us better and continue to partner with us in our mission: to advance the science, technology and people of welding for ourselves and the next generation.
Robert W. Roth
AWS President 2020
RoMan Manufacturing Inc.
President & CEO
861 - 47th Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509-5103
Robert Roth was elected president after serving three years as vice president. He is also president and CEO of RoMan Manufacturing Inc., an AWS sustaining member company, as well as a member of the AWS Executive and Finance Committees, WEMCO, and RWMA. He also serves on the boards of various organizations and nonprofit corporations.
Dr. W. Richard Polanin
Vice President, AWS
President, WRP Associates
CoPI The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed)
702 Bayside Drive
Germantown Hills, Illinois 61548
Richard Polanin was elected to serve as vice president. He is a retired professor and program chair of the manufacturing engineering technology and welding technology programs at Illinois Central College. He is currently coprincipal investigator for Weld-Ed, chair of the AWS Peoria Section, and vice chair elect of the IIW Commission XIV. He is also an active member of several AWS committees.
Vice President, AWS
Praxair Distribution, Inc.
11425 West Little York Road
Houston, TX 77041
Dennis Eck was elected to serve as vice president. He is the general sales manager for Praxair in the greater Houston area. He has been involved with the AWS Houston Section for 28 years, serving as chairman, first and second vice chairman, treasurer, and secretary. He was also a part of the AWS Membership Committee for seven years, and has been honored with multiple AWS awards.
Michael A. Krupnicki
Vice President, AWS
Mahany Welding Supply Co., Inc.
115 FedEx Way
Rochester, NY 14624
Michael Krupnicki was elected to serve as vice president. He is owner and president of Mahany Welding Supply Co. Inc.; and founder and executive director of Rochester Arc + Flame Center LLC and Molecular Independence LLC. He is also a founder and managing member of Capricorn Ventures LLC. His 32-year involvement with AWS has included serving as District 6 director as well as chairman and treasurer of the Rochester Section.
7420 Kilby Road
Harrison, OH 45030
Carey Chen, elected to serve as treasurer, is president and executive chairman of Cincinnati Incorporated. He is currently serving his second term as treasurer of the AWS Board of Directors and the AWS Foundation Board of Trustees. He is chair of the Finance & Business Development Committee, as well as a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees.
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