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Shannon VanDeren is the new AMUG President

She succeeds Mark Abshire who has stepped down

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Shannon VanDeren has been named as the new AMUG President and will succeed Mark Abshire who has stepped down after several years and contributions to the User Group and the AM industry in general. Shannon who began her career in additive manufacturing at Materialise in 2010 and now works as a consultant for her own firm, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting, joined AMUG in 2014 and served as AMUG Vice President since 2022.

Former Vice President Shannon VanDeren is the new AMUG President and she succeeds Mark Abshire who has stepped down We, as a collective Board, are thankful to Mark for his many years of service and countless contributions to AMUGShannon VanDeren, AMUG President

“We, as a collective Board, are thankful to Mark for his many years of service and countless contributions to AMUG,”  Ms. VanDeren said in an official statement. “The AMUG Board has voted, and I’m pleased to announce that I will move into the role of President. I have served as a volunteer for AMUG for the last 10 years – first as a Track Leader (8 years), concurrently as a Committee Member, and more recently as your elected Vice President. The Board is currently working to appoint a new Vice President.”

AMUG has also hired the organization’s first employee, Jordan Weston, as Operations Manager. He will be coordinating the daily operations and liaising between our Board and our select contractors. Jordan’s historical contributions, and those to come with this new role, are sure to elevate the success of the organization. With Jordan’s hire, it opened up his previously-held role of Director of Education and Conference. With many years as a Track Leader, and serving as the Track Leader Committee Chair, the Board has appointed Ed Graham to this position.

Claire Belson Barnes has been appointed Director of Membership. Her years of dedication to AMUG started as a Guy E. Bourdeau scholarship recipient and has continued by participating on the Scholarship and Registration Committees.

“We are enthusiastically collaborating to plan and execute another engaging, educational, resourceful, and thoughtful conference! We look forward to seeing you in Chicago in March,” Ms. VanDeren concluded.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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