The Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) have announced the election of its 2010 officers and new directors. They are:

  • Chairman Chuck Martz, President & CEO of Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Lexington, Kentucky
  • First Vice Chairman James McCullough, President & CEO CNH Construction Equipment of CNH, Racine, Wisconsin
  • Second Vice Chairman Tiffany Sewell-Howard, CEO of Charles Machine Works, Perry, Oklahoma
  • Treasurer Robert Kluver, President & CEO of Angus-Palm, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Secretary Dennis Slater, AEM’s full-time President, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Serving as sector vice chairmen in 2010 are:

  • Vice Chairman Agriculture Russell Fowler, President & CEO of Krone NA Inc., Memphis, Tennessee
  • Vice Chairman Construction Craig Paylor, President of JLG/Oshkosh Corp., Hagerstown, Maryland

New Directors — Elected to serve on the association's Board of Directors:

  • Michael Barr, Principal, QDI Strategies, Libertyville, Illinois
  • Steven Booher, President, Productive Resources, Columbus, Indiana
  • Serge Bosché, President, Manitou North America, Waco, Texas
  • Richard Brown, President & COO, Krause Corp., Hutchinson, Kansas
  • David Burdakin, President & CEO, Paladin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Michael Haberman, President, Gradall Industries, New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • Robert Kluver, President & CEO, Angus-Palm, Watertown, South Dakota
  • Richard Lowe, President, Lowe Manufacturing, Viola, Wisconsin
  • Chuck Martz, President & CEO, Link-Belt Construction Equipment, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Michael Osenga, President, Diesel and Gas Turbine Publications, Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Tiffany Sewell-Howard, CEO, Charles Machine Works, Perry, Oklahoma
  • Robert Vermeer, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa
  • James Wessing, President, Kondex Corp., Lomira, Wisconsin

Life Honorary Directors — Also, the AEM Board elected two industry leaders as Life Honorary Directors in recognition of exceptional service to the association, especially in its formation:

  • Robert Ratliff, formerly of AGCO, who served as a longtime director
  • Emmett Barker, who served as longtime president of one of AEM’s predecessor organizations.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. Its Board of Directors, led by the officers, sets the guidelines and operating policies of AEM on behalf of members in areas including technical and product safety support, equipment statistics and market information, public policy, trade shows, global business development, education/training, workforce development and worksite safety/educational materials. For more information on AEM and its activities, go online at