TMA Elects Fernando Ortiz, Jr. Board Chairman for 2015

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Scott McPherson, March 12, 2015

OrtizChairmanNew TMA Chairman Fernando Ortiz gives his acceptance remarks. photo by Fiona McLaren-McLaren Photographic(Schaumburg)- The Technology & Manufacturing Association of Illinois (TMA) today announced the election of Fernando Ortiz, Jr. as Chairman of the Board for 2015 at TMA's 89th Annual Meeting held Saturday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. Mr. Ortiz is Vice President and General Manager of Roberts Swiss Inc., a company headquartered in Itasca specializing in precision Swiss Machined Parts for the medical, dental, hydraulics, aerospace, military and other industries.

Currently in this twenty-third year at Roberts Swiss, Mr. Ortiz worked his way up from the shop floor to the executive offices. "I want to thank TMA for the programs, services and training that helped me get to where I am today," Ortiz stated. " I am humbled by the trust given to me by my peers to chair this great organization," he added.

Mr. Ortiz is a member of the Young Leaders Committee at TMA and also serves as Chairman of the Illinois District of the Precision Machined Products Association. His active participation in both associations affords him vast knowledge and networking abilities within this specialized industry. Currently, Mr. Ortiz is working on the implementation of new machine tool technologies at Roberts Swiss' CNC operations and developing engineered solutions of high complexity components for the Medical Industry. Mr. Ortiz and his wife Andrea, reside in the Western Suburbs with their two daughters.

At the annual meeting, TMA also elected Jeff Pope of WS Hampshire, Guy Cassidy of Acme Industries, and Patricia Miller of Matrix IV to three-year board terms.

About TMA: 8 small manufacturing companies who thought they could better themselves by associating with one another founded TMA in 1925. Through the years, members established programs and services that would help their businesses grow and prosper, train their employees, and provide medical and retirement benefits. As a result of these efforts, TMA has grown into an almost 1,000 member not-for-profit organization representing more than 30,000 employees of precision manufacturing and supplier companies throughout Illinois.