The A3 and its member associations AIA, MCMA, and RIA are committed to providing you – our next generation of leaders - with the opportunities to develop the skills, connections and experience necessary to succeed as industry and company leaders.
A3 NextGen

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is a healthy, growing organization with over 1,250 member companies from across the world within its three daughter associations: Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA – The Association for Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA).

A3 NextGen was created to maintain continuity and momentum within the A3 and its member organizations by connecting outgoing industry leaders to young professionals in the automation industry. NextGen is a conscious effort on the part of the A3 to encourage involvement and foster growth of young professionals at member companies and equip them with the skills, connections, and experience necessary to succeed as industry and company leaders.

In short, our mission is to ensure continued strong leadership in the automation industry and A3 associations (RIA, AIA, MCMA) by developing our future leaders through connection, mentorship and education.

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The NextGen Linkedin group provides a place for young automation industry professionals to ask questions, voice concerns, share ideas and content, discuss topics, and make connections.


(You must have or create a LinkedIn account to join)


Upcoming Events

Networking Event TBA

Details will be announced soon!

Past Events

The Vision Show

The Vision Show

Boston, MA, April 10-12, 2018

For more information about the show and to register, please visit


NextGen Leadership Workshop

Wednesday, April 11 – 3:30 – 5:00PM
Jep Enck

Taking place in the theater on the show floor, Jep will be sharing best practices to advance yourself in the following areas:

  • Career development, planning, and execution
  • Strategic planning and facilitation skills
  • Cultural development strategies
A3 Business Forum

Networking Breakfast at the 2018 A3 Business Forum

40 NextGen members gathered for breakfast to share ideas on where the industry is headed, discuss their experiences at their own companies, and deepen their involvement with A3 activities. NextGen Taskforce Chair Nick Tebeau (LEONI) gave a few opening remarks, followed by a call to action to become involved with the associations from RIA Board Member Tyler McCoy (JR Automation), and some words on the value of mentorship from Michael Giunta (Macron Dynamics).


Breakfast & Business

Held for the first time at AUTOMATE 2017, this event featured the renowned high performance coach Scott Hansen, who gave a presentation on ’21st Century Leadership.’ Focused on the tools and skills needed to succeed as leaders in your organizations, Scott’s presentation touched on:

  • Learn the importance of becoming a better leader
  • The three Income Producing Activities (IPAs) you’ll need to know to grow your business
  • How to be more efficient and productive in your day
  • The one productivity strategy that Warren Buffet uses, and how you can use it in your business

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