Meet the Staff of the Compressed Gas Association

Executive Staff

Rich Gottwald, President and CEO

Rich Gottwald joined the Compressed Gas Association as President and CEO in July 2018.

Before joining CGA, Rich served as President and CEO of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals. He joined APSP in 2013 and realigned the organization to be a unified voice to protect existing markets and to grow new business for its members.

Prior to APSP, Rich served as executive vice president for the International Sign Association, where he was responsible for providing oversight and leadership on the regulatory, legislative, and technological challenges and opportunities facing the sign industry across North America.

Before ISA, Rich held senior management positions in several trade associations, including executive vice president for the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute, and executive director of the Society of the Plastics Industry.

Rich holds a BS in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). He lives in Washington, DC.

Rich Craig, Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs

Rich Craig is responsible for U.S. and Canadian technical activities and interaction with associated global industry and other groups, including managing U.S. technical participation at ISO TC and SC meetings.

He has over 44 years of experience in compressed gas facility operations, engineering, and safety.

While with Praxair, Rich worked in cylinder filling plants, small and large ASU plants, regional operations, engineering and corporate safety. Positions held included plant engineer, plant manager, operations manager, engineering manager, and director of process safety. Operations accountabilities included management of single and multiple unit facilities, product transportation, and regional operations. Engineering accountabilities included electrical, mechanical and auxiliary systems, commissioning and start up, as well as technical support. Safety accountabilities included global process safety for cylinder and bulk plant operations.

Rich joined CGA as Technical Director in February, 2011.

He received a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from Indiana University.

Laura Brumsey, Vice President of Operations and Administration

Laura Brumsey is responsible for working with the President & CEO, Vice President of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, and Board of Directors to provide executive oversight and leadership for CGA.

Laura is a passionate advocate for the engagement of young and emerging professionals in CGA activities and for the continuous improvement of CGA’s member benefit programs, work processes, and technology platforms.

She has been responsible for the development and launch of numerous new programs including personnel certification programs, new education resources, young professionals outreach, and more. Laura joined CGA as a Committee Administrator in 2008.

Laura holds BS and MS degrees in Consumer Science from Virginia Tech with an emphasis on consumer hazard communications. She lives in Sterling, Virginia.