ALEXANDRIA, Virginia —The Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association (ILMA) announced its 2018-2019 Board of Directors during the ILMA annual meeting in Palm Desert, California. Barbara Kudis, president of Allegheny Petroleum Products, based in Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was elected ILMA president and accepted the presidential gavel at the meeting’s closing banquet.
Kudis has been an active member of ILMA since 2007 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. Her history with ILMA dates back more than 35 years – at a time when her father started the family business of Allegheny Petroleum Products.
When asked how Kudis feels about the opportunity to lead ILMA, she remarked, “ILMA is extremely important to me and my company for a number of reasons. ILMA provides the voice of the ‘independents’, and it provides the network and relationships necessary to build business success. The organization’s commitment to best practices and the highest ethical standards mirror my own values. I intend to advance these principles and to prepare our industry for the changes ahead.”
Kudis earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Logistics with a Minor in Operations and Information Systems Management from Penn State University and her MBA from Rollins College – Crummer Graduate School of Business. She also completed The University of Pittsburgh’s Entrepreneurial Fellows Program. In addition to her role as ILMA president, she is board president of the Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School; board director of the Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA; and she is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Incorporated in 1986, Allegheny Petroleum Products is a privately-owned manufacturer of industrial, automotive and fleet lubricants; a distributor of lubricant and fuel additives; and a provider of fluid management services, recognized in North America as an innovator in solutions for its customers.
Since 1948, the Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association has been the voice of member companies that produce more than a quarter of the nation’s automotive lubricants and three-quarters of its metalworking fluids for customers who use their products to improve performance and increase efficiency.