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Inside AED

CED Magazine, October 2008

Article Date: 10-01-2008
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 Navy Captain Set for San Diego Captivating keynote on leadership is a not-to-be-missed highlight during the Saturday Business Session.  The commanding officer of the USS Nimitz, a supercarrier in the U.S. Navy and the lead ship of its class, will speak at AED’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. Captain Michael C. Manazir will take the stage at the Saturday, Jan. 17 Business Session, sponsored by Multiquip. Manazir graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1981 and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1983. He completed F-14A training and reported for duty to VF-51 as a pilot and Landing Signal Officer (LSO) in July 1984. Prior to becoming the commanding officer of the USS Nimitz in 2007, Manazir commanded the VF-31 Tomcatters from June 1997 to Sept. 1998, and the USS Sacramento from June 2003 to July 2004. He has completed nine extended deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf and amassed more than 3,000 F-14A/D flight hours and 900 carrier-arrested landings.  Manazir has also received various unit, service, and campaign awards during his career, including the 1988 VF-124 Instructor Pilot of the Year and the Navy League 1991 Captain "Bug" Roach Golden Paddles Award as CVW-11 Staff LSO for safely recovering an A-6 Intruder with a partially ejected Bombardier/Navigator aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln.   
The AED Foundation Aims to Raise Funds for Workforce Development  If your dealership is short on technicians now, how many will you need in 2012?  The technician shortage is a longstanding issue facing the construction equipment industry. Over the past decade, as the shortage has reached crisis levels, there has not been a clear solution to the problem – until now. The mission of The AED Foundation’s workforce development initiative, Vision 2012, is to repopulate the industry’s dwindling technician workforce with 1,200 well-trained techs graduating each year from AED accredited and affiliated technical schools nationwide by 2012. This mission will be accomplished by accrediting an additional 30 technical training programs and recognizing 40 Education Alliance schools by the end of 2012. What will make this initiative successful is AED member support of The AED Foundation’s Annual Fund Campaign. Investments collected during the fundraising campaign go directly toward this initiative and the Foundation’s other workforce development programs. "Your investment in The AED Foundation and the industry is important –
more now than ever," said Carol Schrader, director of development. "In order for dealers to receive the benefits of our Vision 2012 program, we need the support of the industry to reach our goal. Think of it as an investment in your company’s future."
The Annual Fund campaign is not just for dealers – manufacturers and service suppliers are also encouraged to donate so that more technical school partnerships can be forged and ultimately more students prepared for careers at local AED equipment dealerships around the country. "When dealers are doing well and have more technicians, the rest of the industry benefits," said Schrader. To participate, Schrader requests that members fill out the personalized form that arrived in the mail with the Foundation’s 2009 Annual Report. Return it to Carol either via fax at 630-574-0132 or mail it back to AED headquarters. Pledges can also be made and are payable in four installments. "With your help, AED dealers around the country – including your company – will have access to dozens of new regional pools of techs trained to equipment dealer standards and ready to contribute to your bottom line," stated Dale Vaughn, chairman of The AED Foundation and president and CEO of OCT Equipment.
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