President - Peter Mack, Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Peter has been a professional model maker for 28 years and an APMM member since 1996. He is a Principal Model Maker at Steelcase Inc. in Grand Rapids. Peter's experience includes working on projects developing consumer products, automotive interiors, and now a wide variety of office furniture. Prior to working at Steelcase he worked for several automotive suppliers and an industrial design consultancy. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1986 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Industrial Technologies.
Pete has been a member of the Bemidji State University Design Technology Advisory Board since 2006 and previously served as the APMM's Vice President of Education. He says, "I'm excited to take on the challenge of leading the APMM and will be asking for your help in the near future; together I hope we can advance our profession and increase membership."
VP of Technology – Terry Wellman, St. Charles Model Works, Claytonville, IL
Terry Wellman is the founding principal of St. Charles Model Works, an industrial model shop and custom plastics manufacturer, where he designs and builds models as well as teaches advanced modeling concepts to other modelers. Terry studied jazz piano performance and electronic music (synthesis) at Northern Illinois University and advertising at Northwestern University. Prior to launching St. Charles Model Works in 2002, Terry worked in the information technology field for Digital Equipment Corp, HP, Motorola, Compaq, and Computer Sciences Corp. He also had an earlier career as a professional studio musician and recording engineer catering to national advertising agencies based in Chicago and New York. He has experience in purchasing, contracts, systems management, project management, and logistics. As a musician, he has performed with a multitude of ensembles nationwide including such venues as Carnegie Hall.
Terry has been designing and building models for the better part of his life. It began in the mid 1960's. When dissatisfied with a particular model kit, he learned how to manipulate various wood and plastic model kits and scratch materials into higher detailed models than the manufacturers had originally intended. Now he does it with computers and various rapid prototyping technologies.
Terry believes that knowledge is power but only when shared with others. He says, "APMM is the confluence of creative minds converting concepts into reality by sharing knowledge among members. It is through this shared knowledge that APMM draws its strength."
Treasurer – Mike Elsholz, Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Mike is the manager of the Model Shop at Steelcase, Inc., supporting all of the modeling needs for new product development, mockups and showrooms. He has been at Steelcase for 24 years. where he began his career in Product Engineering before accepting a project management position and later as the supervisor in their test lab.
He graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Engineering Technology and served as president of the SME student chapter. He was a member of the CMU track and field team.
Mike enjoys the challenges of running the model shop and collaborating with the project teams as they develop new products. He also likes the variety of products and projects that his team works on which keeps the job interesting and challenging. Mike has been a member of the APMM since 2005 and is also a member of the PMI.
Mike says, "The APMM has given me the opportunity to see the range and scope of model making along with making valuable contacts for support of current and future projects."
Secretary – Gregg Miner, Lime Lab PCH, San Francisco, CA
Information about Gregg will be posted soon.
VP of Conferences – Nacho Mendez, IDEO, Palo Alto, CA
Information about Nacho will be posted soon.
VP of Communication – Sue Wellman, St. Charles Model Works, Claytonville, IL
Sue is co-owner and production manager of St. Charles Model Works, an industrial model shop and custom plastics manufacturer. She creates prototypes and oversees the manufacturing process of a retail line of model railroad products sold under the company name. She specializes in resin casting, mold-making, airbrushing, assembly and detailing of models large and small. As the daughter of an internationally known miniaturist, D. Anne Ruff, she learned the ropes of model making at a young age while helping to produce 1" and 1/2" scale upholstered furniture.
She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. Her previous careers include a stint in marketing research with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) in Chicago and 17 years in business-to-business publishing.
Sue is an avid vegetable gardener and enjoys decorating with flea market finds, forever seeking out chairs to add to her collection, much to the dismay of her two teenage daughters who wish to quell her chair fetish.
VP of Education – Nathan McCaughan, Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Nathan graduated from Bemidji State University in 2000 with a Bachelor's Degree in Design Technology, specializing in Model Making. His first post was as a model maker for Johnson Controls where he worked for seven years. From there, he moved to Steelcase, Inc. where he's been a Senior Model Maker for about seven years.
Nathan says, "As a member of the APMM I have come to understand how important this group is to the development of a young modeler. Model Makers are a rare breed, and so very vital to the development of anything made. The APMM has knowledge and talent resources that can guide a young modeler down any of the many paths to choose from."
VP of Vendor Relations – Sam Silva, Target Corp., Minneapolis, MN
Information about Sam will be posted soon.
Executive Director – Samanthi (Sam) Martinez, APMM, Hamilton, NY
Samanthi has held the position of executive director since 2005 but has been involved with the APMM since 2001. She has been instrumental in doubling the organization’s membership during her first three years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in business management from the University of Texas at Austin and is certified in public speaking through Toastmasters, Int’l. Prior to joining the APMM, Samanthi was a finance manager in the Enterprise division at Dell Computer Corporation and was a licensed real estate agent. She also works as a freelance writer, contributing to magazines, newspapers, and online newssources in the Northeast US.
Sam says, “I believe that the APMM holds a unique role in the future of the model making profession. Knowing there are other professionals who understand what you do is important, but being able to reach out and contact them is absolutely amazing.”