The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) elected officers and recognized outstanding members at its annual convention in Sarasota, Fla. in April.

Tom Miller, group vice president of Motion Industries, was elected 2006-2007 president. The following officers were also elected: Cam Lawrence, BDI Canada Inc., first vice president; Steve Durston, Jamaica Bearings, second vice president; and Chuck Kitchen, Interstate Bearing Technologies, treasurer.

Douglas Savage, Bearing Service Inc., was elected chairman of the board. Gordon Duncan, Kinecor Inc.; Craig Gipson, Gipson Bearing and Supply Inc.; and Ron Aupperle, IBT Inc., were elected to three-year terms on the board.

The organization also honored two long-time members who are retiring in 2006 — Gene Yarussi, chairman and CEO of EPT, and Joe Swann, president of Rockwell Automation Power Systems.

Finally, James Martin III was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin retired in late December 2005 as director-distribution, marketing services, and integration, of The Timken Company. It is only the fourth such award BSA has bestowed and the first time it has been presented to a manufacturer. Martin was recognized for his involvement in the organization, having been the originator and driving force behind the Information Technology and Logistics Committee's development of the Debit Memo Guidelines.