Ready to Hit the Road CED Magazine, September 2008
Article Date: 09-01-2008
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The new AED/AED Foundation Field Manager, Glenn Bork, will soon be a familiar face among dealers and tech schools.
To better serve AED members – providing both a personal conduit between dealers and the Chicago-area home base of the association, and also creating a key workforce development link between technical schools, dealers and AED – the association’s board of directors has approved a new staff position: AED/AED Foundation Field Manager. And answering the call as of mid-July, Glenn Bork has joined the staff, ready to split his time equally between the AED Foundation and AED member services. The majority of Bork’s time will be spent on the road, meeting face-to-face with AED member companies. Of course one of the biggest challenges dealers continue to face today is the shortage of technicians. Bork will work to create groups of local AED member dealers willing to work with their local technical schools. Once he has a group of dealers committed, Bork will then work with the local technical schools to ensure that they meet The AED Foundation’s accreditation requirements. The second half of Bork’s job is dedicated to AED member services. Bork will travel to current AED member companies to further AED’s value proposition by connecting them with all current services and benefits their association membership has to offer. His visits among AED dealers are also designed to give members a personal interface with the association that provides them with direct access for voicing their needs. “This is an exciting time for AED,” said AED Vice President of Membership Mike Fotty. “Glenn gives us an opportunity to increase our personal face-to-face contact with our members, and show them all of the support tools that AED offers that have been specifically designed to enhance their success.” Bork has prior experience as a territory manager with Wacker and with Multiquip after that. In his role with both manufacturers, he sold equipment to dealers, rental houses and contractor supply shops. “I have an industry background, so I understand what motivates dealers and what challenges them,” he said. “AED has the solutions that dealers are looking for. We can and should be an important partner for dealers seeking longevity in their businesses.“I look forward to meeting AED members and finding out the pulse of the industry,” said Bork. “I’ll be the eyes and ears of AED in the field.” Be on the lookout for Glenn soon. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell phone at 630-453-7341.
Deep-Sea Explorer is Kenote Extraordinaire at Annual Meeting The man who discovered the deep-sea resting place of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1985, Dr. Robert Ballard will share his experiences and expertise at AED’s Annual Meeting & CONDEX Jan. 15 to 17, 2009 in San Diego.
Throughout his career, Ballard has conducted more than 100 deep sea expeditions, using both manned and unmanned vehicles. In addition to the Titanic, Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks including the German battleship Bismark, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the WWII Battle of Midway) and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT 109. He will be the keynote speaker during the AED/GE Capital Solutions Chairman’s Inaugural Dinner, Friday, Jan. 16.
Ballard, who has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island, spent 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he helped develop manned submersibles and remotely operated vehicles for marine research.
He has received numerous awards and honors for his discoveries, including the Lindbergh Award, the Explorers Medal and the Hubbard Medal of the National Geographic Society. In 2003, President George W. Bush presented him with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in a ceremony at the White House.
Today, Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Conn.; scientist emeritus at Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution; and director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. He is also a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
For more information on AED’s Annual Meeting & CONDEX, visit www.aednet.org/am.
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