The Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA)
is dedicated to perpetuating the noble art of blacksmithing. A blacksmith is one who shapes and forges iron with hammer and anvil. ABANA encourages and facilitates the training of blacksmiths; disseminates information about sources of material and equipment; exposes the art of blacksmithing to the public; serves as a center of information about blacksmithing for the general public, architects, interior designers, and other interested parties.

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The ABANA Committees, and current members are listed here for your reference. You can email the entire committee by using the email links provided. If you would like to contact an individual ABANA Board member serving on a committee, you can find their information on the ABANA Board List.

Note: * denotes committee members that are not on the ABANA Board of Directors.

Executive Committee

Consists of the 5 officers (President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer)

President..................................................................Eddie Rainey
1st Vice President....................................................Tina Chisena
2nd Vice President...................................................Craig Kaviar
Secretary..................................................................Herb Upham
Treasurer................................................................. Bill Banker

Email the committee: Executive Committee

Affiliate Committee
Bill Robertson Members:JoAnn Bentley*, Allison Bohorfoush*, Craig Kaviar, and David Norrie

Affiliate: The committee will focus on developing and strengthening the relationship between ABANA and its affiliates. All affiliate applications will be processed and presented to the board through the committee for approval. The committee will publish a routine letter to all affiliates about ABANA and what it is doing for them. This letter will be sent out to the leadership of each affiliate encouraging them to publish this in their newsletters or websites. It is encouraged to also have an Affiliate Advisory Group of affiliate representatives to openly discuss and make suggestions on improvements in our working relationship with the affiliates.

Email the committee: Affiliate@abana.org

Bylaws & Procedures Committee
Bill Robertson Members: Tina Chisena, Yancey Davis, and Peter Renzetti*

ByLaws and Procedures: The Committee is responsible for the diligent observation of the organization's By Laws and procedures by reviewing, investigating, and presenting possible amendments for board approval that will further the efficient operation of the organization.

Email the committee: Bylaws@abana.org

Communications Committee
Craig Kaviar Members: Jim Archambault, Owen Kelsey*, Karine Maynard*, Allen Shaw*, Bill Robertson

Communications: The ABANA Communications Committee's goal is to help connect ABANA members and the wonderful work they create with the rest of the world. We hope to bring the media to our conferences and get member's work published in newspapers, magazines and exhibited in museums and galleries. We hope to do this through PR, social media, and teaching members how to promote themselves, as well as understanding the craft as a whole. We welcome ABANA members who would like to help to this committee. We are especially interested in members who are versed in social media. If you are interested please contact Craig Kaviar.

Email the committee: Communications@abana.org

Educational Outreach Committee
David Osmundsen Members: Bruce Jarrell, Scott Kretschmer, David Norrie, Herb Upham (replaces the Education and Professional Development Committee and the Professional and Academic Outreach Committee )

Educational Outreach: The committee is responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with the educational institutions and professional smiths. Ideas and opportunities to better facilitate their involvement with ABANA is encouraged to be developed in committee for approval by the board.
The committee is responsible for overseeing the off board committee responsible for the development of the ABANA National Curriculum.

Email the committee: Education@abana.org

Elections Committee
Tina Chisena Members: Herb Upham

Election and Nomination: The committee will be responsible for soliciting and recruiting candidates for the annual election and any appointments that need to be made. The committee will work within the guidelines laid out in the By Laws.

Email the committee: Elections@abana.org

Finance Committee
Lance Davis, and Bill Robertson Members: Bill Banker

Finance: The committee is responsible for the annual budget. The committee is expected to use the monthly and quarterly data from the CPA to track the financials of the organization in comparison with the budget. The committee is expected to work with the Treasurer on all financial matters in some capacity. The committee is responsible for collecting the wish lists from each committee in the development of the annual budget. Daily tracking of income and expenses using data (maintained by Central Office per current procedures)

Email the committee: Finance@abana.org

Grants and Scholarships Committee Chair: Yancey Davis Members:Jim Archambault, Bruce Jarrell

Grants and Scholarships: The Committee is responsible for the dispersing of grants and scholarships to the most eligible applicants. The committee is also responsible for following up with the recipients to ensure they have fulfilled the required content within the agreement.

Email the committee: Grants@abana.org

Insurance Committee
Lance Davis Members: Bill Banker, and Herb Upham

Insurance: The committee is responsible for all insurance related activities within the organization. This includes soliciting bids, maintaining communication with our agent(s).

Email the committee: Insurance@abana.org

Membership Services Committee Chair: Jim Archambault Members: JoAnn Bentley*, Bill Clemens*, and Tina Chisena

Membership Services Committee: The committee is responsible for the general membership questions and coming up with enhancements to the membership benefits. Monitor membership numbers, renewals rates, prepare renewal notices, membership drives reviewing and sending out the Constant Contact notifications,.

Email the committee: MemberServices@abana.org

Publications Committee Chair: Bruce Jarrell Members: Tina Chisena (Anvil's Ring Co-Chair), David Osmundsen (Hammers's Blow Co-Chair), JoAnn Bentley*, Craig Kaviar, David Norrie, and Allen Shaw*

Publications: The committee is responsible for organizations two publications( The Anvil's Ring and The Hammer's Blow). Everything from putting out for bids on the contracted positions to reviewing the magazines.

Email the committee: Publications@abana.org

Sales Committee Chair: John Tanner Members: JoAnn Bentley*

Sales: The committee is responsible for overseeing the inventory of sales items available and must stay in routine contact with Central Office on inventory. The committee is also responsible for searching out bids for all merchandise.

Email the committee: Sales@abana.org

Strategic Planning Committee Chair: Scott Kretschmer Members: Gerald Franklin*, Craig Kaviar, David Osmundsen, Clay Spencer*

Strategic Planning: The Committee is responsible for the long term strategic planning of the organization by identifying and presenting long term goals to further the organization.

Email the committee: StrategicPlan@abana.org

Technology Committee Chair: John Elliott Members: Bill Clemens*, and Craig Kaviar

Technology: The committee will be responsible for the maintaining the website, and maintaining the private forum for board discussion.

Email the committee: Technology@abana.org

2018 Conference Committee Co Chairs: John Elliott,
Members: Lance Davis (Set-up crew), Yancey Davis (Gallery/Auction), Craig Kaviar (communication), Eddie Rainey (vendors), Bill Robertson (tailgating), Herb Upham (demonstrator contracts), JoAnn Bentley (registration)*

Email the committee: 2018Conference@abana.org

Annual Goals, Objectives. And Outcome Measures
Each year the Committees create a set of measurable goals for the committee. From these goals specific objectives will be created to better direct the committee in their agendas, recommendations to the board, and overall work for the organization. There should be a continued observance on the success of these goals with an overall report at the end of the year to the full board.

Note: * denotes committee members that are not on the ABANA Board of Directors.