The AED Foundation’s 2018 Annual Campaign: Tackling the Technician Shortage

The AED Foundation’s 2018 Annual Campaign is underway and we are counting on you. With your contribution, The AED Foundation will be able to continue Tackling the Technician Shortage and provide even more learning opportunities to improve the skills of your employees and increase the success of your dealership.

Currently, over 700 diesel-equipment technicians enter the workforce annually, graduating from 42 programs at 32 schools across North America that are accredited by The AED Foundation. With your help, by the end of 2020, we will have over 50 AED Accredited and Recognized programs at over 40 colleges and high schools.

The AED Foundation has also launched a new Technician Certification Program, which will recognize and reward heavy equipment technicians for their expertise and provide dealers with an objective way to measure their technicians’ aptitude and knowledge.

Please join me in supporting The AED Foundation’s 2018 Annual Campaign by visiting (case sensitive) to contribute online. Your tax-deductible donation will allow The AED Foundation to continue serving you in 2018 and for years to come.

To make a contribution, please visit or contact Marty McCormack at 630-468-5113 or

When you invest in The AED Foundation’s Annual Campaign, you are supporting the goals of improving the quality and success of your dealership. The AED Foundation is actively addressing the serious shortage of skilled professionals in the construction equipment industry in North America by expanding its community-based, school-to-work school partnership strategy. This strategy emphasizes dealers and technical schools working together to meet mutual needs.  

Check out the new investment incentives that come with your contribution to the 2018 Annual Campaign:

Bronze investors will receive:

  • Access to all recorded webinars
  • Investor’s name and company published in
  • AED’s monthly publication, CED Magazine
  • Listed as an investor at
  • Name recognition on large displays at AED’s 2019 Summit

Silver investors will receive:

  • All bronze level benefits plus
  • Access to all recorded and live webinars in 2018

Gold investors will receive:

  • All bronze and silver benefits plus
  • Access to AED President and CEO Brian P. McGuire’s exclusive VIP reception at Summit
  • on Wednesday, January 17 in the President’s Villa

Platinum investors will receive:

  • All bronze, silver and gold benefits plus
  • Your company’s name and logo displayed on your AED Summit hospitality suite and/or CONDEX booth
  • Preferred seating and/or reserved table at AED eventsPlatinum Plus investors will receive:
  • All bronze, silver, gold and platinum benefits plus
  • Two complimentary tickets to The AED Foundation Gala during the 2019 Summit

Industry Champion investors will receive:

  • All bronze, silver, gold, platinum and platinum plus benefits plus
  • Four complimentary tickets to The AED Foundation Gala during the 2019 Summit

To find out what your contribution amount for these levels would be, please visit Contributions to the AED Foundation Annual Campaign are tax deductible to the extent of the law. The AED Foundation is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.


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