The Young Fastener Professionals organization has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the Board of Directors are Baron Yarborough of Spring Bolt & Nut Mfg., Jessi Solt of G.L. Huyett and Amber Artz of the Boulder Company. According to Ryan Kertis, the President of the Young Fastener Professionals, these new Board members embody the “spirit of our organization and bring the essential aptitude, proficiency and energy to the table which will enable YFP continued success.”

In addition to thee three national Board members, Derek Dandy of Bodycote also joined the Mid-Atlantic Young Fastener Professionals; Michael Robinson of The Dyson Corporation and Bob Morrissey Jr. of American Ring joined the North Coast Young Fastener Professionals; Kenny Sanker of Blue Chip Engineered Products joined the South East Young Fastener Professionals; Matt Roberts of W.J.Roberts Co., Inc.  joined the North East Young Fastener Professionals; and Mike Ricciardi of ITW Shakeproof joined the Mid-West Young Fastener Professionals. 

The existing Board of Directors Ryan Kertis, Melissa Patel, Aaron Shushan & Bryan Wheeler will remain in their positions throughout 2017.

In our last installment of introducing you to the members of the Young Fastener Professionals, we bring you Bob Morrissey Jr. of the North Coast Young Fastener Professionals.

Bob Morrissey Jr.
  • How did you enter into the fastener industry?
    I worked part-time for American Ring periodically throughout high school and college. My father offered me a full-time job shortly after I graduated college and for some reason I thought it would be a good idea to accept. My family has been in the fastener industry since my grandfather was a manufacturer’s representative in the late ‘50’s and 60’s so I suppose a large portion of me wanted to continue the family tradition.
  • You are a representative of American Ring. What is your role in the company?
    My role is to ensure our operations are flowing smoothly and efficiently so we provide the best possible service to our customers. My job is to properly position our team not just for present demands but for whatever the future has in store.
  • What are your favorite aspects of the fastener industry?
    The people. I’ve had the opportunity to work side by side and forge irreplaceable relationships with people from eclectic backgrounds that I probably would not have otherwise met had I gone down a different path.
  • Why do you think having the Young Fastener Professionals Organization is so important to the fastener industry?
    The Young Fastener Professionals Organization can be a driving force in implementing positive change in our industry. The participants in YFP are the decision makers of the future, why not start preparing them now? The YFP is advocating for educational and mentoring programs that can help spread the knowledge of the experienced to the next generation. Furthermore, us young folks have a few good ideas of our own and the YFP provides the forum for us to share those ideas.
  • Describe your role on the Young Fastener Professionals Board of Directors.
    It’s been less than a month since I’ve been given the opportunity so I’m not yet sure how it’s going to play out. At this juncture, I am just anxious to contribute in any way I can.
  • What do you hope to bring/contribute to the future of the Young Fastener Professionals?
    A positive attitude and an open mind.

We’d like to thank Mr. Morrissey for his time and wish him the best luck in his new position!

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