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Kahler Retires From OMEDA

CED Magazine March 2007

Article Date: 03-01-2007
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David L. Kahler has retired from his position as executive secretary/ treasurer of the Ohio Equipment Dealers Association (OEDA) and as CEO of the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association (OMEDA). Kahler joined the staff of Farm & Power Equipment Retailers, now OMEDA in 1969 as director of field services. Through the years he was promoted and was elevated to executive vice president/CEO by the board of directors in 1987. He initiated an agreement with OEDA in 1988 and fostered OEDA's membership growth from 17 members in 1988 to 64 in 2006. AED has awarded OEDA the Founders Award for outstanding service to its members three times - in 1990, 1991 and 1998.

During his years of service, Kahler has made an impact. Some of the many items he's accomplished include the development of OEDA's Technician Applicant Knowledge & Skills Test to aid in hiring qualified technicians; he established one of Ohio's premiere indoor equipment trade shows, Power Show Ohio, in 1971; spearheaded the merger of the Ohio Farm & Power Association and the Michigan Equipment Dealers Association into the present-day OMEDA in 1996.; guided introduction of Ohio legislation to add the dealer buy-back law in 1988 and amendments in 2001.

As a way to continue to give back to the power equipment industry, David and his wife Linda have established the David L. Kahler Power Equipment Endowed Scholarship at Ohio State University. When fully funded, scholarships awarded from the fund will be split equally between OSU Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering for undergraduates pursuing a career in power equipment and the OSU Agricultural Technical Institute for incoming freshmen enrolling in the power equipment technology program.

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