Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Mike Betts appointed SMI president

April 23, 2016
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Apr. 23, 2016 – William “Michael” Betts IV, chairman and CEO of Betts Company, was installed as the new president of the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) during the association’s 2016 annual meeting in Dana Point, Calif. Betts will serve a two-year term for the trade association.

“I am honoured to serve as SMI president and I accept this role with a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to my father, and to all SMI members, present and past,” said Betts during his acceptance speech April 19. “On behalf of our board members and leadership at SMI, I would like to thank Hap Porter for his service as SMI president these past two years. Hap, and Steve Moreland before him, did a remarkable job and were instrumental in SMI’s growth.”

During his term as president, Betts said he would like to build upon the success of the inaugural SMI Metal Engineering eXpo held last year in Charlotte. The second eXpo will be held from Oct. 3-5, 2017 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and will include the popular technical symposia.

“Our commitment is to build upon the foundation of the first eXpo and take future events around the country to work in alignment with all of our industry associations and partners,” explained Betts. “Our ultimate success will be to allow spring companies from all across America to benefit from having the eXpo in their region. We want all spring companies to see the value of being an SMI member.”


Betts served as president of Betts Company from 1995 to 2015, having previously held numerous positions in sales, marketing, innovation and leadership with the company for a combined total of more than 38 years.

Other newly executed SMI executive committee members include, Steve Kemp, Lee Spring, vice president; Bert Goering, Precision Coil Spring, secretary/treasurer; Hap Porter, SEI MetalTek, past president; and Dan Sceli, Peterson Spring, incoming at-large.

Founded in 1933, the Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) is an association of companies that manufacture springs, and their associate suppliers.

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