July 3, 2018–For Immediate Release
The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) announced the retirement of Cynthia
Esher on June 30, 2018, after 40 years of service to the Association.
MCAA Chairman, Bharat Naik, President and General Manager, Reotemp Instruments, officially
announced Mrs. Esher’s retirement in a ceremony during the Association’s annual Industry Forum on
April 24 at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, The Woodlands, Texas.
Mrs. Esher has been involved with MCAA or its predecessor organization the Scientific Apparatus
Makers Association (SAMA) since 1978. She joined SAMA as Administrative Assistant and held
increasingly responsible positions including Director of Administration and Vice President. She was
named Executive Director of the Process Measurement & Control Section of SAMA in 1988. In 1990 she
was named President of SAMA while she maintained her responsibilities as Executive Director of the
PMC Section. In 1994, after a name change to Measurement, Control & Automation, the section
disassociated from SAMA and Mrs. Esher was named President. In August of 2016, she reduced her
work assignments in preparation for retirement. Mrs. Esher continued on the MCAA staff as Senior
Advisor to ensure a smooth and successful transition for her successor, Teresa Sebring.
Mr. Naik began his remarks by saying that he was honored to be a part of the ceremony and was
amazed by the history of MCAA and stories of how far the Association had come under Mrs. Esher’s
leadership. He highlighted early milestones including the introduction of the first PC to help automate
communication with members and improve marketing efforts. He added that Mrs. Esher was a key
proponent in moving away from writing standards, which, until 1980 was the main focus of MCAA and
SAMA. He pointed out that Mrs. Esher was instrumental in changing the dues structure in the early
90’s, which doubled the size of membership which was a major turning point for the organization.
During her tenure, Mrs. Esher helped create many new resources, all of which continue to be key
benefits of membership today.
Among the words that Mr. Naik used to describe Mrs. Esher were grit, toughness, direct, friendly,
honest and leader. Mr. Naik personally added that what he has seen is ‘grace, amazing grace’ and
noted ‘Cynthia is leaving us with a strong organization that is looking forward and ready to continue its
The Woodlands Resort was the site of the first meeting Mrs. Esher planned for the Process,
Measurement & Control section of SAMA which drew about 30 people. In her remarks, she said ‘I have
worked with some absolutely wonderful people in my 40 years with this organization. I’ve had the
opportunity to work with boards and committees to make things better for your industry’. Mrs. Esher
went on to thank the Legacy Group, comprised of former chairmen under which she served. Mrs. Esher
created the Legacy Group to maintain the history and heritage of the organization. She complimented
the current staff stating that she was eternally grateful for their support, skills, attitudes and
friendships. In conclusion, she said that working with people to bring the right information to the
Measurement, Control and Automation industry had been an amazing and very rewarding opportunity
adding that ‘she was a cog that made the wheel go around’ and ‘what a ride it’s been.’
As the voice of the measurement, control and automation industry, MCAA provides manufacturers and
distributors of instrumentation and systems used by industry around the world with the best
community and resources for business effectiveness and growth through unsurpassed market and
business insights, unique networking opportunities, effective employee onboarding and development
programs and unbiased, affordable market data.
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