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2015-2016 Board Members

Dana Sorensen

Section Chair

Email: dsorensen@mplso2.com
Phone: 612-396-5115
Current role: Sales Representative at Minneapolis Oxygen Company
Years in welding industry: 10
Years as a member of AWS: 5
Interests outside of work: I like my time with my wife Katie and our two young kids, Luke and Sydney. I also enjoy coaching hockey, staying active, golfing and working on projects around the house.

 

 

Thea Bunde

1st Vice Chair

Email: thea@tollgas.com
Phone: (612) 581-9889
Current role: Specialty Gas Account Manager at Toll Company
Years in welding industry: 16
Years as a member of AWS: 2
Interests outside of work: I enjoy cooking, watching my son play golf, spending time with family, traveling, and wine tasting at my family's vineyard.

 

 

Jessica Plaunt

2nd Vice Chair

Email: jessica.plaunt@gmail.com
Phone:
(262) 365-9072
Current role:
CWI / Quality Control Inspector at NuCrane
Years in welding industry: 5
Years as a member of AWS: 4
Interests outside of work: I am very happy to spend time around water with my two little dogs and go water skiing. I also enjoy snowboarding and salsa dancing.

 

 

Mace Harris

Section Treasurer

Email: macevh@aol.com
Phone: (612) 209-0939
Current role: Welding Consultant
Years in welding industry: 30+
Years as a member of AWS: 24
Interests outside of work: Spending time with family and friends. Hunting, golfing and many other outdoor activities.

 

 

Michael Reeser

Secretary

Email: mike.reeser@hotmail.com
Phone: (612) 381-8108
Current role: Dunwoody College, Minneapolis, MN 55403

 

 

Dave Lynnes

District Director

Email: dave@learntoweld.com
Phone: (701) 373-0658
Current role: Owner at Lynnes Welding Training

 

 

Board Member
Mike Carey
Element Materials Technology
Email: mike.carey@element.com
Phone: (651) 746-4079
Board Member
Pamela Lesemann
Oxygen Service Company
Email: pamlesemann@oxyserv.com
Phone: (612) 968-3135
Board Member
Mike Hanson
Consolidated Precision Products
Email: mikhan318@comcast.net
Phone: (763) 221-5951
Board Member
Bob Sands
Production Engineering Corp
Email: rsands1@hotmail.com
Phone: (612) 788-9123
 
Board Member
Jay Gerdin
Anoka Technical College
Email: jgerdin@hotmail.com
Phone: (651) 269-9191
 

AWS News and Events

FABTECH Canada

Attend FABTECH Canada, Canada’s leading exclusive Fabricating, Welding, Metal Forming and Finishing event! LEARN MORE

And if you're going to FABTECH Canada, why not expand your education? AWSs's Welding Education Line-Up features workshops and code clinics designed to keep your welding education current. REGISTER NOW

Welder Training Scholarships (US & Canada)
Welder Training Scholarships are available to AWS Districts to provide funds to students seeking welder training through a trade school, community college, or other facility providing welder training programs, such as Tulsa Welding School and Hobart Institute of Welding Technology; or for an AWS Certified Welder (CW) seminar.
AWS Welder Training Scholarship Overview
Welder Training Scholarship Application


Welder Finds Inspiration In Superheroes

When it comes to finding appreciation for the art of welding, David Landon doesn’t have to look any further than Hollywood. LEARN MORE

AWS Sections, please share this article originally posted on the front page of the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan on your Facebook pages and with your friends and family.

CWI Pre-Seminar/Seminar Combo Promo

Today, AWS announces a new pilot program designed to not only help you get a head start on your CWI prep, but also save you money. LEARN MORE

Diversity in Welding: Welders in the Spotlight Videos

Learn about the inspiring stories of four welders in the welding community.


Compilation


Sydnee Brey


Samuel Torres


Bobby Counts


Roman Weasel

AWS Weldlink

You can now create your free profile on WeldLink! This is the future of job searching, planning, and management for welders around the world. Sign up today and get started! REGISTER NOW

Excellence in Welding Awards

The Excellence in Welding Awards (formerly Image of Welding Awards) are issued in nine categories. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. Nominations will be judged by WEMCO, a standing committee of AWS, which is composed of executives of welding industry suppliers to promote the welding equipment market. Enhancing the image of welding as a critical industry is among their priority programs. NOMINATE NOW

April 2015 is National Welding Month

2015 AWS President Dave Landon addresses AWS Sections about National Welding Month. VIEW VIDEO

2015 AWS President Dave Landon Talks WeldLink

WeldLink is the ultimate career planning and management system specifically designed to bring together individuals, businesses, and schools in the welding industry. Get a sneak peek at the new website. VIEW VIDEO

2014 AWS PRESIDENT DEAN WILSON'S VISION FOR INNOVATION

Visit the page! LEARN MORE

WHY YOU SHOULD COMPETE IN SKILLSUSA

For the person interested in taking their welding career to the next level, SkillsUSA is an amazing asset. Their regional, state, and national competitions offer the chance to hone your skills while you compete against others. And more than that, each competition offers a scholarship to the winner. VIEW VIDEO

WOMEN IN WELDING

This video looks at just some of the exciting careers options available to women (and men) who decide to invest their time in the study of welding. VIEW VIDEO