Dennis J. Slater

Dennis Slater is President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), overseeing the strategic direction and operation of all AEM programs, which include market information, public policy advocacy and exhibitions.

Mr. Slater has spent most of his career representing the interests of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. He joined an AEM construction predecessor organization, CIMA, in 1982 and held marketing and management positions with increasing responsibilities. He was named head of the CONEXPO exhibition in 1985. He oversaw growth from a single CONEXPO event every six years to a program that includes the CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exhibition and several related AEM owned and/or run shows.

Mr. Slater was named CIMA President and Secretary in 1998 and has served as President and Secretary of AEM since its inception in 2002 from the merger of the CIMA and EMI equipment manufacturer groups. Under his leadership, AEM has grown to more than 900 corporate members representing more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility equipment sectors worldwide.

Mr. Slater is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100 and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is a former Director and 2014 Chair of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). He has held leadership roles with the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), including as an IAEE Director and 2004 IAEE Chair. In 2016 IAEE honored Mr. Slater with its Pinnacle Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry, dedicated to the highest ideals, trust and professionalism.

Mr. Slater is an honors graduate of Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisconsin), where he earned degrees in communications/journalism, political science and history.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. Its members produce equipment, products and services used worldwide in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors. AEM has an ownership stake in and/or manages several world-class exhibitions, both in the United States and internationally. These include two which are among the largest of any industry in North America, CONEXPO-CON/AGG (construction focus) and ICUEE-The Demo Expo (utility/construction).