AEM Hall of Fame
2014 AEM Hall of Fame Judges
Judges for the AEM Hall of Fame include industry experts from the construction and agriculture sectors. They are:
Ken Anderson – Brownfield Ag News
Ken Anderson is a reporter for Brownfield, based in Lincoln, Nebraska. He grew up on a farm in northeastern South Dakota and attended South Dakota State University in Brookings. His broadcasting career started at KRVN radio in Lexington, Nebraska, where he worked for 12 years. He was previously employed with NC+ Hybrids and most recently with an advertising firm in Lincoln before joining Brownfield.
Al Cervero – Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Al Cervero is Vice President and Construction Sector Leader of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry (agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility). Before joining AEM, Al had more than 20 years of experience in the construction equipment industry, focusing on the lifting and aggregates sides of the business. Al is a member of the Boards of the Wisconsin World Trade Center and the International Road Federation Education Foundation.
Marcia Gruver Doyle – Randall-Reilly
Marcia Gruver Doyle is editorial director of the Construction Division of Randall-Reilly, which includes Equipment World, Aggregates Manager, Better Roads, and Total Landscape Care magazines. She’s been reporting on construction for more than 30 years, and has been the chief editor of Equipment World since its inception in 1989. A graduate of Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois, Marcia is past president of the Construction Writers Association.
Lynn Henderson – Agri Marketing
Lynn Henderson formed Adel, Iowa-based Henderson Communications L.L.C. in 2005 by purchasing Agri Marketing and its related properties from Doane Agricultural Services Co. of which he was the President/CEO. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of the National 4-H Council, the World Agricultural Forum, American Business Media Agri-Council and is Secretary of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s (NAFB) Foundation. He is past President of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA). He is the recipient of NAMA’s R.C. Ferguson and NAFB’s Dix Harper awards—both honoring distinguished service to agriculture. He has been presented the Outstanding Communications awards from the Agricultural Retailers Association, Mid America CropLife Association and American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers.
Jay Kriss – InSpirit Creative
Jay Kriss is director, producer and filmmaker at InSpirit Creative in Williamsburg, Va. His feature documentary, Harvesting the High Plains, aired on PBS in November 2012. Harvesting the High Plains tells the story of two men who overcame the adversity of the Dust Bowl years to become one of the nation’s largest wheat-farming operations. As a documentarian, Jay has chronicled the many changes our nation has witnessed and the stories of the people behind them. From the Dust Bowl and the many mechanical innovations that were born then, he is now turning his camera to the period of Westward expansion. Jay and his family still farm in Western Kansas, a primarily summer fallow operation.
Mike Lessiter – Lessiter Publications
Mike Lessiter is president of Lessiter Publications, Inc., an agricultural-based media company in Brookfield, Wis., that was founded in 1981. Prior to joining Lessiter Publications, Mike managed two metals-manufacturing trade publications in Des Plaines, Ill. Lessiter Publication’s ag media properties include Farm Equipment, Ag Equipment Intelligence, Farm Catalog, Rural Lifestyle Dealer, Precision Farming Dealer and No-Till Farmer/Conservation Tillage Guide, as well as various niche-segment websites, e-publications and events. Lessiter, who continues to serve as editor/publisher of Farm Equipment, is a frequent industry speaker on farm equipment distribution issues and trends. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association.
Charlie O’Brien – Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Charlie O’Brien is Senior Vice President and Agriculture Sector Leader at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry (construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and utility). O’Brien has been in agriculture his entire life. He was raised on a dairy farm in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Before joining AEM, O’Brien served as President and CEO of FPC Financial, as well as Farm Plan & AgLine (Canada) Product Manager and Sales Manager for John Deere Credit, part of Deere & Company’s Worldwide Credit Operations.
Stan Orr – Association of Equipment Management Professionals
Stan Orr is the president and CSO of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP), an organization serving those who manage and maintain heavy equipment in Glenwood Springs, Co. Stan has served as chief staff officer for several state and national associations, including Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Oklahoma, ABC of Southern California, the Oklahoma Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Legal Secretaries. Prior to gaining his experiences in association management, he served on an Oklahoma gubernatorial staff for three years, and served as a classroom teacher for seven years. Stan earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Greg Sitek – Associated Construction Publications
Greg Sitek is the founder and editor of Site-K Construction Zone, an industry Internet information resource, and the vice-president of editorial for the Associated Construction Publications (ACP). Prior to joining ACP, Greg has held positions at Randall-Reilly, Johnson Hill Press (Cygnus Business Media) and Irving-Cloud Publishing Co. Greg has been active in industry activities for more than 30 years, serving on numerous association committees.
Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition
Mike Steenhoek is executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition (STC), an initiative established in 2007 and comprised of the United Soybean Board, the American Soybean Association, and twelve state soybean boards. Prior to his work on the STC, Mike worked for United States Senator Charles Grassley (Iowa) for eight years – both in Washington, DC, and most recently in Des Moines, Iowa. Mike received both his undergraduate degree and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.
Rod Sutton – Construction Equipment Magazine
Rod Sutton is editorial director of Construction Equipment magazine. He is in charge of editorial strategy and writes a monthly column for the magazine, The Sutton Report. He has nearly 25 years in construction journalism, and has been with Construction Equipment since 2001. Rod serves as a trustee of the AEMP Education Foundation, whose mission is to advance education among equipment managers. He has served as an AEMP chair since 2010.
Chris Wehrman – American Rental Association
Chris Wehrman is CEO of the American Rental Association, the international trade association for the equipment rental industry located in Moline, Ill. Wehrman joined ARA in 2000. Prior experience focused on the agriculture industry, including service as CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and management positions held in industry trade associations. Wehrman served in the H.W. Bush administration in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She is a graduate of Iowa State University.