JEFF BURNSTEIN

PRESIDENT, THE ASSOCIATION FOR ADVANCING AUTOMATION

Jeff Burnstein is the President of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), the parent group of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – Advancing Vision + Imaging, the Motion Control and Motors Association (MCMA) and A3 Mexico.  Together these trade groups represent over 1,000 global companies involved in robotics, vision, motion control and motors and related automation technologies.  Key A3 activities include an annual Business Forum in Orlando every winter, content-rich websites, development of standards, the collection of statistics and sponsorship of leading industry events including the biennial Automate trade show and conference.   Burnstein joined RIA in 1983 and has held a variety of senior positions, culminating in his promotion to President of A3 in 2007.  He is a frequent commentator on issues such as the impact of automation on jobs and the future of automation beyond the factory floor.

Following GameStop’s acquisition of Electronics Boutique in 2005, Donaldson led the effort to integrate the EB and GameStop technology systems into a single platform. Before coming to GameStop, Donaldson was vice president of information resource management at The Associates. Prior to that, he held progressive management positions with AMR Corporation/The SABRE Group, Texas Instruments, and the Illinois State Government’s technology team.