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Bob Martinez, Jr. took the oath of office on January 4 to become the 14th international president of the MTD-affiliated International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).

The Texas native is a 35-year member of the union and a U.S. Navy veteran. He succeeds Tom Buffenbarger, who retired after leading the IAM for more than 18 years.

Among those witnessing the transfer of leadership were AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, former IAM International President (and MTD Executive Board Member) George Kourpias, MTD Western Area Executive Board Member Sito Pantoja and MTD Executive Board Members Robert Scardelletti and Lynn Tucker.