The Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International has promoted Mark Stevens to executive director by unanimous consent of the AMCA board of directors. Stevens had previously held the role of deputy executive director, a position he occupied for two years.

The announcement was made during the AMCA International Americas Region Meeting, held at Eaglewood Resort in Itasca, IL. Stevens' tenure as executive director took effect on May 1, 2015.

According to AMCA, Stevens brings exceptional skills and experience to the executive director position. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University. An expertise in laboratory design and air system engineering has helped Stevens forge new AMCA markets in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He also represented AMCA and the U.S. on committees for the International Standards Organization (ISO); has been a principal investigator on three ASHRAE research projects; and has presented at engineering conferences worldwide, including the U.S., Dubai, Spain, France, India, and China.

Prior to joining AMCA in 1988, Stevens held engineering positions for Boeing, McDonald's Corp., Sheldons Engineering, and ILG Industries.

"I am excited to take the helm of AMCA International at a time when the association is experiencing tremendous growth and developing new programs," said Stevens. "AMCA was created in 1917, and after almost 100 years, we have much to be proud of and even more to look forward to."

AMCA also announced that Wade Smith was named as the association's director of public policy. This move will allow Smith to focus on the pending efficiency regulation being developed by the U.S. Department of Energy for commercial and industrial fans.

"Federal regulation of the fan industry is an issue that needs absolute focus, and I look forward to giving full attention to the public negotiations starting in May and communicating with members on the progress in Washington, D.C.," said Smith.