CEMA’s History

The story of the Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) dates back to 1933, when the idea of an organized, professional association representing the interests of the materials handling and elevating machinery manufacturers was first discussed.  During its 90-year history, CEMA has grown and developed to respond to the ever-changing environment in which its members do business, while remaining true to its original goals and purposes:

  • To promote the common interests of CEMA members and the conveyor industry of the Americas; and
  • To promote standardization of design, manufacture, and application on a voluntary basis and in such a manner as will not impede the development of conveying equipment and component parts or lessen competition.

At CEMA’s three in-person and one virtual meeting each year, member companies discuss new developments in conveyor design, technology, and application.  Drawing upon the efforts and expertise of our member companies, CEMA provides the conveyor industry with standards, technical publications, safety labels, and safety information.

CEMA works closely with other organizations, such as the Material Handling Industry of America and the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers, with a shared interest in materials handling, voluntary standards, and business in general.  CEMA also maintains contact with government agencies whose activities concern the conveyor equipment industry, keeping a finger on the pulse of federal legislation and regulations affecting the industry, which is then reported to our membership through our Government Affairs Committee.

With an ever broadening membership base and an unwavering commitment to its original puposes, CEMA continues as the voice of the conveyor industry of the Americas, enjoying international prestige and stature throughout the industrial community.

Meet the Board

CEMA’s Board is dedicated to serving the needs of the association and the industry. 

Take a few minutes to get familiar with our Officers and Board of Directors.

Chris Glenn of FMH Conveyors
Chris Glenn

President of CEMA

President, FMH Conveyors, Jonesboro, AR

Members of CEMA since 2019. Chris is a member of the Finance/Budget Committee and of the Unit Handling Section.

Tamara Thimmel

Vice President of CEMA

BEHAbelt USA., Elk Grove, IL

Member of CEMA since 2023.  Tamara is Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, the Engineering Unit Handling Section, and of the Ad Hoc Young Professionals Committee.  In addition, she serves as Vice Chair of the Engineering Conference and the Meetings Committee, and is a member of the Membership / Marketing and the Strategic Planning Committees.

Rich Kosik

Secretary of CEMA

President, Itoh Denki USA, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, PA

Members of CEMA since 2010. Rich is also Chair of the Unit Handling Section, and a member of the Meetings Committee and the Conveyor Chain and Sprocket Section.

Mike Shea

Treasurer of CEMA

Vice President-Global Product Management and Pricing, Dodge Industrial Inc., Greenville, SC

Members of CEMA since 1933. Mike is a member of the Bulk Handling Section and serves on both the Membership/Marketing and Statistics Committees.

Andrew Solis
Andy Solis

Executive Vice President of CEMA


Andy serves as the Vice Chair of Finance/Budget Committee, and is a member of the Statistics Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, and the Unit Handling Section.

Mike Nisenbaum of CEMA
Mike Nisenbaum

Director of Marketing / Membership of CEMA


Mike is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Conveyor Systems Integrator Committee, and a member of the Membership-Marketing Committee, the Conveyor Chain & Sprocket Committee, and the Unit Handling Section.

Directors 2022 – 2025

Photo Coming Soon placeholder imageChris Doyle

Director of CEMA

Manager of Distributor Sales, SEW-Eurodrive, Lyman, SC

Members of CEMA since 2013.  Chris is a member of both the Strategic Planning and the Statistics Committees.

Jimmy Swiger

Director of CEMA

Vice President of Product Management & R&D Engineering, Martin Sprocket & Gear, Arlington, TX

Members of CEMA since 1966.  Jimmy is a member of the Bulk Handling Section and past Chair of the Membership/Marketing Committee.

Bob Welker

Director of CEMA

Sales & Marketing Director, Argonics, Inc., Marquette, MI

Members of CEMA since 2007.  Bob is a member of the Bulk Handling Section.

Director 2023 – 2026

Past Presidents Representative

Ray Perez

Director of CEMA

Executive Vice President, Kasa Companies – Controls & Automations, Salina, KS

Members of CEMA since 1989.  Ray is a member of the Bulk Handling Section and of the Membership/Marketing Committee.

photo of Andy Felter of Webster Industries
Andrew Felter

CEMA Past Presidents Reprepsentative

President & CEO, Webster Industries, Inc., Tiffin, OH

Founding Member of CEMA, since 1933.  Andrew is a member of both the Past Presidents and the Statistics Committees.

Directors 2024 – 2027

photo of Kevin Hambrice of Terrasource Global
Kevin Hambrice

Director of CEMA

CEO, Terrasource Global, Belleville, IL, and St. Louis MO

Members of CEMA since 2022. Kevin is a member of the Bulk Handling Section.

photo of Dan Ricklefs of PPIDan Ricklefs

Director of CEMA

Vice President of Marketing, Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI), Pella, IA

Members of CEMA since 1985.  Dan is a member of the Bulk Handling Section.

photo of Randy Webb of Syntron Material Handling
Randy Webb

Director of CEMA

Senior Vice President, Syntron Material Handling, LLC, Saltillo, MS

Founding Member of CEMA, since 1933. Randy is Chair of the Bulk Handling Section.