Michael Batagglia is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA). Michael has 14 years of association management experience and has been with AMPED since 2017. He currently holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional (CNAP) credential, and an MBA from The George Washington University. He also serves as the Vice President of Client Services at AMPED.
WMIA was founded in 1978 by seven visionaries who wanted to make the North American woodworking industry more productive and globally competitive. The founding members of the WMIA were Edwin Bass (Holz Machinery Corp.), Richard Byrnes, Sr. (Richard T. Byrnes Co.), Alvin Corenblum (Woodworking Machinery Imports), Roger Criau (Danckaert Woodworking Machinery Co.), Edward Joel (Allwood Machinery, formally Amersaag), Peter Kleinschmidt (Stiles Machinery Co.), and Bert Lewyn (Lewyn Machinery).
The mission of the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) is to establish a platform for its members to network and present the best global technology, services, and information to the North American marketplace.
Since 1978, the Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA) has represented importers and distributors of woodworking machinery and ancillary equipment in North America. WMIA is the recognized voice of importers and distributors, and serves as a vital communications link between suppliers and manufacturers of wood products in North America.