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ABMA Elects New Officers, Revamps Strategy, Mission

Jan. 20, 2023
Meeting in Carlsbad CA, trade group elevated Mark Colman to board chair and Nancy Simoneau to vice chair. Board set new mission and vision for ambitious year ahead.

At its 2023 Annual Meeting, held this January at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, CA, the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) elected new officers and adopted a three-year strategic plan through 2025-26 fiscal year. 

Mark Colman, President & CEO from RENTECH (top right) was elected Chair of the ABMA board of directors and Nancy Simoneau, President & CEO from Groupe Simoneau was elected Vice-Chair. Dave Reinink, President & CEO of Johnston Boiler remains as Treasurer/Secretary while Doug Wright, President & CEO of Superior Boiler (top left) concluded his term as Board Chair and transitioned to the role of Immediate Past Chair.

“I am proud and pleased to be taking on the leadership of ABMA at this crucial time in our history,” said Colman. “Most people are not aware that boilers touch every part of our daily lives. I am looking forward to helping the Association achieve its vision of boilers being recognized for advancing energy sustainability and powering people’s lives.”

ABMA President & CEO Scott Lynch stated, “I am very excited about Mark’s ascension to the role of chair and look forward to partnering with him to advance ABMA and the boiler industry.”

Simoneau becomes the first female elected to the role of Vice Chair and brings a unique perspective on the North American market as a Canadian manufacturer.

In addition to the officers, the following individuals were elected to their first or second term on the ABMA Board of Directors: Rocky Bahramzad, Cleaver-Brooks; Tom Garbarino, BFS Industries; Phil Griggs, Honeywell; Steve Kemp, Autoflame; Paul Ingham, Thermogenics; Bryan O’Toole, Burnham; Tricia Staible, Robinson Fans; Mark Wehmeier, Webster Combustion Technology.

The balance of the board includes Larry Day, Nationwide Boiler; and Rich Simons, Laars Heating.

New Strategy, Mission & Vision Adopted

Also at the annual meeting, the ABMA Board adopted a three-year strategic plan that will run through the 2025-26 fiscal year. In addition, ABMA revised its mission, adopted a new vision, and incorporated organizational values to align its new direction and focus.

This process had begun with engaging McKinley Advisors, a well-respected consulting firm in the association community. Their team was led by Allana Tievsky McKee and Ankur Ponda and their methodology aligned perfectly with ABMA's goals and objectives.

To ensure a comprehensive voice in the development process, ABMA surveyed each member company and conducted targeted interviews with members of various tenure, members both past and prospective, supply chain partners and other key influencers.

With survey and interview insights in hand, ABMA brought together the leaders in the boiler industry from the membership this past October for two days of dialogue and building consensus.

In the end, four major focus areas became apparent and are now the overarching goals for ABMA over the next three years:

  • Become the Home for the Boiler Supply Chain;
  • Innovate the Boiler Technology Expo to be THE Industry Destination for Community and Learning;
  • Invest in Workforce Development Initiatives to Ensure a Thriving Industry;
  • Establish the Boiler Industry as an Integral Part of Society and Environmental Sustainability.
With consensus around the new goals, it was evident that ABMA also needed a refresh of its mission and the adoption of a new vision. The revised mission now is "to lead, advance and provide solutions to the boiler industry." The new vision is to see that "boilers are recognized for advancing energy sustainability and for powering people’s lives."

In addition to its new mission and vision, ABMA was also excited to set new organizational values. These values will become ABMA's north star and share what makes it unique. They are:

  • Anticipatory: We stay ahead of the curve;
  • Impactful: We are mission-driven and results oriented.
  • Inclusive: We welcome everyone to be a part of our community.
  • Innovative: We embrace outside the box thinking and don’t settle for the status quo.
  • Passionate: We love what we do and the industry we serve.

Over the coming months, ABMA staff will work closely with the team at McKinley Advisors and our new officers to craft a work plan for implementing the new strategy that will include goal and initiative prioritization and estimating resource allocation. This work plan will be adopted alongside the budget and scope for the 2023-24 fiscal year.


For more information on the annual meeting and all things boiler-related, go to www.abma.com.