The Compressed Gas Association (CGA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected John F. (Jack) Finn, of FIBA Technologies, Inc., and Chris Ebeling, of Messer Americas, as 2020 Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.
The pair were elected at the CGA’s recent Annual Meeting of the Association, which was held virtually instead of in New Orleans in April due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Finn serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board at FIBA and in a 40-year career he has grown the company from a single location in Westborough, Massachusetts, to a global business with seven locations and over 250 employees. FIBA manufactures and services high pressure storage and distribution equipment for the compressed gas industry.
“This will undoubtedly be a challenging year for us all, but I’m confident that members and staff of the Compressed Gas Association will rise to the occasion,” Finn said.
“A key area of focus for me this year will be on maintaining and where possible, growing, CGA’s membership, by keeping our members engaged and participating in committees and standards development. Within FIBA Technologies, which is a family-run business, we’re now on our third generation that have actively participated in CGA. The return on our investment in the Association has been tremendous. The safety standards CGA has developed over the years have had a significant impact around the world, and the opportunities for knowledge transfer and technical mentorship within the Association are unparalleled.
“In addition, it’s critically important that we continue to recruit and support the next generation of CGA technical leaders, to assure the Association’s future. I’m excited to support the efforts of CGA’s new Young and Emerging Professionals Committee in any way I can.”
Ebeling is Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for US bulk at Messer Americas, and is responsible for three sales channels, order-to-cash, product management and strategy, applications and R&D, as well as Messer’s helium business in the Americas. In his 30-year career in industrial gases, Ebeling has worked for AGA, BOC, Linde, and now Messer.
“The longer I’ve been associated with CGA, the more my appreciation has grown for the organisation and the invaluable work it does, and I’m honoured to serve as the 2020 Vice-Chair,” Ebeling said.
“As our industry has come together to share best practices in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, CGA has played a crucial role. By helping to facilitate member companies’ efforts toward a common good, sharing much-needed technical expertise, and coordinating with government regulators, CGA has enabled us all to respond more quickly and effectively to this unprecedented emergency.”