Gregory Hollows Named AIA Chairman


Edmund Optics Director of Machine Vision Solutions to lead the AIA in 2012-2013

Edmund Optics (EO), the premier provider of optical components, is pleased to announce that Gregory Hollows, EO's Director of Machine Vision Solutions, was named Chairman of the AIA Board of Directors for 2012-2013 during the AIA Business Conference in Orlando, Florida. The AIA, which comprises over 320 companies from 30 countries, works to advance the understanding of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to serve the members of AIA as Chairman of the Board of Directors," said Hollows. "Over the next two years I hope that we can build upon the strong foundation that currently exists. In doing so we'll be looking to grow AIA's presence in existing and emerging market areas through education, understanding and cooperation. Working with the staff and my fellow Board members, we will help make our 'Vision for the Future' a reality," Hollows added.

Hollows, humbled by the appointment, reflected on his time spent in the machine vision community trying to understand the many diverse aspects of the industry, which has global sales of $3B, but is fragmented across a wide range of small to mid-sized companies, many of which are in the $5-$10M range. "Even among many of the larger companies participating in the market, machine vision is only a small portion of their business," said Hollows. "The Association is trying to bring these companies together to advance the industry as a whole."

"Greg has been a key member of the Board during the past three years and Vice Chair for the past two," said Jeff Burnstein, AIA President. "He has been extremely active in developing our Certified Vision Professional Program, improving The Vision Show and Conference, and serving on the Automate Show Committee that completely reinvented the former International Robots, Vision & Motion Control Show. I am certain Greg will do a great job leading the AIA Board over the next two years."

Hollows succeeds Rusty Ponce de Leon, President, Phase 1 Technology, who remains on the AIA Board as Past Chairman.

Edmund Optics welcomes this opportunity for one its own to help the Association advance the machine vision industry as a whole. We invite you to meet Greg personally and join us in congratulating him at The Vision Show in Boston, MA, May 8-10 at Booth 510.

More about Gregory Hollows
Greg Hollows is a 14-year veteran at Edmund Optics, working his way from application engineer through engineering management to his present position as Director of Machine Vision Solutions. He has Bachelor degrees from Rutgers University in both physics and chemistry. He has also been a frequent presenter and instructor in machine vision technologies for the last ten years, covering topics such as optics, lighting, and system integration.

In recent times Hollows pioneered The Imaging Lab,, which is EO's free online Machine Vision training series, consisting of 21 videos, with more planned for 2012, and over 80 minutes of training. He has also conducted machine vision training seminars in the US, Europe Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. He is the driving force behind releasing online spec sheets and 3D files for Edmund Optics TECHSPEC imaging lenses, making these lenses easier to integrate into machine vision systems.

About EO:
Edmund Optics (EO) is a leading producer of optics, imaging, and photonics technology for R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and military markets around the globe. EO is the world's largest supplier of off-the-shelf optical components. Customers can purchase items by contacting EO at (800) 363-1992, via the new interactive catalog , the website at, or requesting their print catalog.

About AIA
Founded in 1984 to advance the understanding and use of imaging and vision technologies and to drive global expansion and growth through education and promotion, AIA now represents over 320 vision suppliers, system integrators, users, researchers, and consulting firms from 30 countries. In addition to the vision and imaging standards such as the GigE Vision, Camera Link and USB3 Vision, AIA is best-known for The Vision Show (May 8-10, 2012 in Boston); the Automate Show (January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago); the annual AIA Business Conference; and Vision Online, the world's leading online resource for machine vision information. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Edmund Optics, Inc.