APMM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2018 to 2020 Term

 

President – Jill Kenik, Acropolis Studios Model Works, Inc., Ste. Genevieve, MO

Jill is the owner of Acropolis Studios Model Works, Inc. and has been a professional designer and model maker for more than 30 years. Her work is typically found in the small metal goods manufacturing sector, which includes products such as jewelry, architectural hardware, gifts, tableware, awards and museum reproductions.

Prior to founding Acropolis Studios, Jill worked for various Southeast New England jewelry and giftware manufacturing companies as a product designer and production liaison. Jill has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island.

Jill says, "Being part of the APMM has broadened my capabilities as a model maker. Having other professional model makers to reach out to for technical help, opinions or just to share great projects with is empowering. Together, we represent the best creative and technical minds in the profession, yet the camaraderie of the group is incredible!" 

 

Vice President - Peter Mack, Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Peter has been a professional model maker for 32 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 Peter worked for several automotive suppliers and an industrial design consultancy. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technologies. Peter has been a member of the Bemidji State University Design Technology Advisory Board since 2006 and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College since 2012. Previously he served as the APMM's Vice President of Education, President, and is currently Vice President. He says, " My involvement with the APMM has giving me a great opportunity to grow both personally and professionally. I have learned a lot from the members and made a lot of friends along the way”

 

Treasurer – Paul Chabala, Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, OH

Paul manages the Model Shop and Design Support Services for Crown Equipment Corp. His responsibilities include staffing and operations along with providing leadership with project/resource management, in addition to modeling/prototyping techniques, processes and materials procurement. He is also responsible for supplying high quality 3D solutions for product development.

A 21-year veteran in model making, Paul began his career as an architectural model maker at 3d Technical Services. Over the next several years, with growing experience and opportunities, he transitioned into product development for companies such as Procter & Gamble and Ethicon Endosurgery. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Kent State University, with a degree in Industrial Design and a focus in Art.

Paul feels privileged to be managing a model shop and have daily interaction with the greatest collection of creative and dedicated professionals he has known. He also continues to hone his talents in his free time with model ship building and wood furniture design. Paul says, “Professional Model Making is a collaborative career with more knowledge and skill than can possibly be learned by one person. The APMM allows us to collectively share this wealth to further the industry as a whole.”

 

Secretary – Michael Scribner, Garmin International, Olathe, KS

Michael’s history of craft is inspired from his earliest memories and fondest role models. As a child, he was obsessed with Lego, Construx—any and all building sets he could lay his hands on. His father and grandfather were skilled with their hands and knew their way around machines and wood shops. Michael's most cherished childhood toy was a wooden sword his grandfather cut from humble pine on a bandsaw. It took mere moments for his grandfather to cut the crude sword from the simple plank, but to Michael, it was pure magic to watch the shape emerge. He took from his formative years an appreciation for craft, and knowledge of tool use which would later inform his educational and professional pursuits.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Kansas College of Art and Design, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he had the good fortune of being hired at the Industrial Design Model Shop of Garmin International, where he works as a senior prototype developer. His skill set includes form and finish techniques for metal, plastic, and wood, as well as operation of old-school hand tools, shop equipment, and modern computer-controlled tools and software such as CAD-CAM, 3D printers, and 2-and 3D design software.

 

VP of Conferences – Bruce Willey, Everybody Makes, St. Paul, MN

Bruce has been an active member of the APMM since 1993 when he attended the first-ever conference of model makers in the Bay Area. He has served as APMM Secretary, and the Conference VP for the 2010 Conference in Boston and 2012 Conference in Kansas City. He will lead the planning as we head back to Seattle, WA in 2020 - twenty-seven years after our first gathering.

Bruce studied model making under the legendary Art Hedlund at Bemidji State University in Minnesota and has recently returned to the Twin Cities to pursue work in product development. He is active in the maker community and is working to foster collaboration between that group and the APMM.

Bruce says, “The APMM has brought together an incredibly diverse and talented group of people who are very generous with their knowledge and resources. I look forward to us finding more people to share that attitude with."

 

VP of Education – Will Strange, Arts University Bournemouth, Dorset, UK

Will is a full time Senior Lecturer at The Arts University Bournemouth, BA (Hons) Modelmaking. He holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. As a university lecturer he teaches model making, prototyping, and design, mostly to undergraduate students.

Previously Will has studied at University of Hertfordshire, graduating with an HND in Design and an Honours degree in Model Design. He then worked as a professional modelmaker in and around London, UK. Mostly working with architects and designers, he contributed to projects by Nicholas Grimshaw, Richard Rogers, Thomas Heatherwick, Future Systems and others.

Alongside teaching, Will is a keen designer/maker. Despite playing very badly, he has an obsession with designing and making chess pieces. Rather than just talking to students about making things, he tries to make things for himself too!

Will says, “Joining the APMM has helped us (AUB) to better understand how our profession works around the world. It’s fascinating to see how the same tools and skills are used in different ways in the UK, USA & around the world”.

 

VP of Membership– 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. Terry 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 this 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."

 

VP of Social Media – Joshua Munchow, Formation Design Group, Atlanta, GA

Joshua is the Technical Development Lead at Formation Design Group in Atlanta where he manages the prototype shop and supports project development and prototype construction. While at Formation he has worked on all types of product development including industrial, aerospace, medical, and consumer products. He has worked in Atlanta with Formation Design Group since December 2010 after spending short periods working for an architectural model shop and CNC bronze turning operation. He graduated in the spring of 2010 from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Model Design.

Besides his day job, Joshua has become a watch journalist covering watchmaking around the world since 2013, and has started down the road to teaching himself the art of watchmaking. This has led to many side projects and a new business making handmade cufflinks. His adult life is a natural extension of his curiosity as a child playing with Legos, Lincoln Logs, Erector sets, K’Nex, and anything else he could get his hands on. He is also a self-professed mechanical nerd.

Joshua says “I believe that a lot of people want to learn how to make things, but the world likes to make skills appear much harder (or much easier) than they are. The maker movement and shows like MythBusters have kick-started a change in the public perception of making, manufacturing, and by extension, model making. My goal is to harness that for the greater good.”

 

VP of Vendor Relations – Ernest Ang, Zoyes Creative Group, Ferndale, MI

Ernest Ang is the Art Director/Model Maker for Zoyes Creative Group since 2017. Originally from Malaysia, Ernest became interested in architectural model making while visiting new properties and commercial building developments in his native country when he was young. Ernest’s parents loved to visit the sales centers and take Ernest along, where he saw the presentation models that were always there. That interest led him to study model making at Bemidji State University in 2009. Upon graduating from Bemidji State University, Ernest worked for a few years as an architectural model at KMCA Inc. and decided to go back to graduate school for his Design Management degree.

Ernest became a member of the APMM during his time at Bemidji. He has also attended three APMM Conferences during this period. While studying for his Master's degree, Ernest was introduced to Zoyes Creative Group founder, Dean Zoyes by the APMM’s executive director Sam Martinez at the APMM’s 2016 conference in Greenville, SC and was offered an internship for that summer. He was then offered the full-time position at Zoyes Creative Group upon completing his graduate degree and credits this connection to the APMM.

Though Ernest acknowledges that the architectural industry may be shrinking, he says if you love architectural model making, just go for it! “It is definitely worth all the risk and efforts being an architectural model maker if you enjoy the making process and love seeing the end result,” he says.

 

Executive Director – Samanthi (Sam) Martinez, APMM, Hamilton, NY

Prior to joining the APMM, Samanthi worked as a finance manager, project manager, real estate agent, and freelance writer. She currently also works part-time as the director of a senior housing complex. In addition to maintaining day-to-day operations for the APMM, Sam coordinates and plans the APMM's biennial conferences in different areas of the US. Samanthi has held the position of Executive Director since 2005, but has been involved with the APMM since 2001. 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.

Sam's husband, Duane, is a model maker and has been a member of the APMM for many years. 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.”