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AWS Appoints Matt Miller to Succeed Ray Shook as Executive Director & CEO

The American Welding Society’s (AWS) Board of Directors have appointed the organization’s current Chief Operating Officer, Matt Miller, to succeed Ray Shook as Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer upon Shook’s retirement at end of 2017.  Miller will officially begin his new role in January 2018 and Shook will transition to the role of Executive Director Emeritus.

After an extensive search process, AWS hired Mr. Miller in January 2017, with the intent to ramp up his onboarding in preparation for his eventual move into the Executive Director & CEO role.  Miller previously served as Chief Operating Officer at National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) International in Houston, TX.  During his tenure with NACE, Matt led a variety of new programs and global initiatives, and grew revenues through partnerships, training, membership activities, technical conferences and student competitions. NACE is similar in size to AWS.

Prior to joining NACE, Miller served as Director for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Foundation where he led the strategic direction for SAE’s Pre-Professional Education Programs, including the award-winning A World in Motion (AWIM) Program and SAE Collegiate Design Series.

Miller is a decorated veteran who served in the U.S. Army Infantry during Operation Desert Storm.  He holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from Robert Morris University and an MS in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University.  Matt also graduated Summa cum Laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education.

Ray Shook commented “Matt Miller’s deep expertise in both non-profit and education makes him uniquely well-suited to lead AWS.  Having worked with him closely since the beginning of the year, I’ve witnessed Matt’s incredible efforts to quickly get up to speed on the welding and cutting industry. I have complete confidence in his leadership and am committed to supporting Matt in his new role.”

Since joining AWS, Matt has worked diligently with Shook and the AWS Board to ensure a successful transition plan.  “I am honored to serve as AWS’ Executive Director & CEO and am very grateful for Ray’s guidance as we maintain our relentless focus in service to our members, partners, colleagues and the welding industry at large.”

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