Inside AEDCED Magazine, February 2010
Article Date: 02-01-2010
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Vander Molen Inducted as AED Chairman
Members of AED’s new board of directors were also sworn-in during
the 2010 AED Summit in San Antonio.
AED welcomed a new set of volunteer leaders to guide the association for the coming year during the AED Summit 2010 in San Antonio. Volunteer leaders help the association continue to develop and provide valuable business resources and programs important to the success of AED member companies.
Dennis (Denny) Vander Molen has been elected to the position of 2010 AED Chairman. He was installed to the association’s highest volunteer position during the AED Inaugural Breakfast Jan. 22. Vander Molen is president of Vermeer MidSouth in Jackson, Miss., with seven locations in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana. He has served on AED’s Finance, Government Affairs and Convention committees, as well as on the AED board of directors since 2003.
Dennis E. Kruepke has been elected Vice Chairman. Kruepke has served on AED’s board since 2001, has participated on both the Convention Committee and Product Support Round Table. He is president & CEO of McCann Industries Inc. in Addison, Ill. McCann represents a number of manufacturers, including Case, Takeuchi, Kent, Atlas Copco, Wacker Neuson, Terex and Towmaster.
Lawrence (Larry) F. Glynn will serve as AED’s Senior Vice President. He previously served as The AED Foundation board liaison and has also served on AED’s Government Affairs and Convention committees, as well as participated in AED’s Industry Round Table. He is president of CMW Equipment based in St. Louis, Mo., which represents Volvo for the Missouri and the central/southern Illinois territory.
Michael (Mike) Quirk has been elected the 2010 AED Vice President and the board liaison for The AED Foundation board of directors. He recently served as the AED regional director of the Rocky Mountain region. He is vice president, product support, for Wagner Equipment Co., the Denver-based Caterpillar dealership whose territory includes Colorado, New Mexico, and far west Texas. Additional product lines include Challenger Agriculture Equipment, O&K Mining Shovels, Sullair Air Compressors, Trail King Trailers, Load King Trailers and Trimble GPS Guidance Products.
Michael (Mike) Christodoulou will serve as AED’s Vice President/Canada. He previously served as chairman of the Canadian Associated Equipment Distributors. He is president of Cummins Eastern Canada LP (CECLP) in Pointe Claire, PQ, Canada. CECLP is the exclusive distributor of Cummins diesel & alternative fuel engines, Cummins & Onan generators, as well as ReCon components. CECLP services the automotive, industrial power generation and marine market sectors.
Dennis G. Romanson has been elected the 2010 Vice President of Finance. He has served on AED’s board of directors since 2001, and he has also served on the AED Foundation board of directors. He has participated in AED’s Finance Committee and on the Rental Round Table. Romanson is the president of Road Machinery, a Komatsu dealership based in Phoenix, Ariz., with locations throughout California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
AED’s 2010 At-Large Directors
James P. Cowin, president of Cowin Equipment Co. in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark Harbaugh, vice president of Ditch Witch Midwest in Carol Stream, Ill.
Wes Stowers, chairman of Stowers Machinery Corp. in Knoxville, Tenn.
Mike Soley Jr., president and CEO of Miller-Bradford & Risberg Inc., in Sussex, Wis.
Richard (Rick) Dahl, president of Metrolift Inc., in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Timothy (Tim) J. Watters, president of Hoffman Equipment Co. in Piscataway, N.J.
AED’s 2010 Regional Directors
AED Founders Award Honors Local Groups in Montana and Iowa-Nebraska
Gerald (Jerry) W. Tracey, Director of the Northeast Region, president of Tracey Road Equipment in East Syracuse, N.J.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Scott, Director of the Rocky Mountain Region, executive vice president of Intermountain Bobcat
Donald (Don) Chambers, Director of the Southeast Region, chief operating officer of Unified Equipment Resources
Craig Burkert, Director of the South Central Region, vice president/chief financial officer of ROMCO, based in Dallas, Texas
Diane Benck, Director of the Upper Midwest Region, vice president of West Side Tractor Sales in Naperville, Ill.
Two winners were selected to receive AED’s Founders Award for 2009: The Montana Equipment Dealers Association and the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association are recognized for the strong participation and activities of their members and the positive impact they are making on behalf of the equipment industry as well as their communities.
In Montana, through State Representative Walter McNutt, who is also a Case dealer (Tri County Implement), the local group worked to introduce and pass a bill that exempted rental inventory from a 3 percent personal property tax, thus resolving a 10-year problem for dealers in that state, said Executive Director Brad Griffin. The group also achieved passage of HR487, sponsored by McNutt, which enables dealers to “classify as business inventories certain farm implements and construction equipment.”
“We have three dealers serving in the House of Representatives, and we get bills passed,” said Griffin.
The Iowa-Nebraska group is comprised of highly engaged and politically active dealers, too, who participated in the AED Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., last April, where members lobbied Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and also wrote numerous letters. They held another separate dealer meeting on LIFO repeal with Sen. Grassely, as well. Also during 2009, the group hosted a local fundraiser for Iowa Congressman, Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa).
“We have a great group of members who know what they need to do when we put the word out,” said Director of Government Affairs Will Rogers.
In addition to their political involvement, the local group also been administering a scholarship program since 2008 and has awarded 38 scholarships to students wanting to enter the equipment industry. And in the community, the group has provided sponsorship and volunteers for a local Susan B. Kommen Race for the Cure.
Congratulations to these outstanding AED local groups and the exemplary dealers who are accomplishing good things for the industry at the state and national levels.
AED and CAED Announce Integration
AED and the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors (CAED)announced last week that the two associations have agreed to integrate their operations under AED management. Under the arrangement, all administrative functions as well as management of Canadian-focused events and membership services will be centered at AED’s Oak Brook, Ill., headquarters. CAED’s Ottawa office is officially closed.
“I see nothing but good things resulting from this agreement for the members of CAED,” said Toby Mack, president and CEO of AED. “They will benefit fully from the rich array of products and services to which they have always had access via their dual membership with AED, but now without duplicated administrative costs. The AED board embraced this integration as an opportunity to become a stronger and more diverse association, and the AED staff welcomes the opportunity to serve Canadian members’ business needs with a very targeted emphasis.”
AED membership benefits and services include:
Public policy advocacy and lobbying efforts
Professional education and workforce development provided by AED and the AED Foundation
Technology and communications
Business information, research and publishing
Networking opportunities and events
Two Canadian dealers (one each from Eastern and Western Canada) will hold seats on the AED board of directors, one of whom will also serve as an officer on the AED executive committee. Mike Christodoulou, president of Cummins Eastern Canada and the current chairman of CAED, will remain on AED’s executive committee as a vice president through 2010.
“The integration is good for CAED and will provide Canadian members with a value proposition we have not had in the past,” said Christodoulou. “CAED has historically benefited from many of AED services and programs. However, CAED has incurred the costs associated with a Canadian Office and support staff. This has essentially resulted in duplication of similar services for little to no added benefit. AED will increase its focus on the Canadian membership whereby Canadian members will see an improvement in support and services.”
Ben Yates, AED’s manager of membership services, will serve as staff director for Canada and provide dedicated focus on Canadian membership, initiatives and activities.
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