Volunteer opportunities are open to all members; however some committees have additional requirements. Ideal candidates have the following qualities:

  • Demonstrated professional experience that translates into the ability to effectively direct the Association’s resources to achieve its goals.
  • Ability to inspire and empower others.
  • Build teamwork among peers with different needs and interests.
  • A history of moving people and an organization in the right direction.
  • Support the vision, mission and guiding principles of AEM.
  • 3-5-year horizon thinking

Committee positions typically involve a 3 year commitment. Attendance at all scheduled meetings is highly encouraged. Interest in serving on a committee should be submitted by November 1 for consideration for the following year.

Committee assignments take into account AEM's commitment to improve diversity in its volunteer leadership.

Types of AEM Committees


Advocacy Committees & Working Groups

Government & Public Affairs Committee sets the strategic direction and serves as champions for AEM’s state and federal government relations and public affairs efforts. 

Advocacy Communications Working Group collaborates on advocacy communications and public affairs efforts and supports AEM led initiatives through direct involvement and/or amplification through internal and external communications.

I Make America Committee provides guidance and direction on the execution of AEM’s I Make America national grassroots advocacy campaign. 

Infrastructure Vision 2050 Task Force is made up of members who share a common interest in AEM public policy issues, particularly the future of U.S. infrastructure investment.

State Government Relations Working Group determines objectives and guides state government affairs activities on priority issues.

Group Roles & Responsibilites

Staff liaison: Kip Eideberg

AEM Board of Directors and Sector Boards

AEM seeks top or high-level executives from member companies to serve on the AEM Board of Directors, Ag Sector Board and CE Sector Board.

The AEM Board of Directors determines the strategic direction of the Association, including services, activities and programs, while monitoring and directing the AEM budget and investments.

AEM Board Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Dennis Slater

Component Members Executive Committee

The Component Members Executive Committee guides services and activities to benefit Component members, adding value to the Component membership and the industry. The committee is responsible for representing the interests of Component members and assists with their interaction and networking with all members, use of AEM services and to support the interests of the equipment manufacturing industry.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Anita Sennett

Exhibitions Strategic Task Force

AEM’s tradeshows are considered best in class. They have delivered measurable value resulting in their becoming industry epicenters for their participants. Their success is based on a model that has stood the tests of their time. However, times are changing, and so must we. The objective of the Strategy Task Force is to imagine the future of exhibitions and AEM’s role in that future.

A mix of member leadership will recommend to the AEM Board of Directors the vision for what a first class, defensible, event needs to be to deliver maximum ROI to exhibitors and attendees.

Staff liaison: Nicole Hallada

Finance Committee

Provide oversight of the organization's financial resources by reporting accurate and reliable information to the AEM Board of Directors and to monitor, manage and protect the assets of the organization by providing an adequate system of financial controls. Accounting or Finance background preferred.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Renee Peters

Futures Council

The Futures Council serves as an early alert system to AEM and its members through reviewing and discussing disruptions on the horizon (out 3 to 7 years or presently experiencing exponential growth) that have potential to impact off-highway equipment manufacturers and/or AEM from the association perspective.

Participants should be from a full or mid-level member company in a product marketing or research and development position, and identified by the member company as a potential future leader of their organization. The best fit is with people who are high ideators, idea brokers or theorist types.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Al Cervero

HAI Board of Directors

Provide corporate guidance to Hargrove & Associates, Inc. (HAI) as an AEM-owned entity. Oversee HAI corporate executive management (President) as well as guide overall strategic direction and financial governance of the company.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Larry Buzecky

Leadership Groups

Lead a coordinated effort among AEM service areas and relevant committees to identify and address the legislative, standards, regulatory, PR and other needs related to specific areas of the agriculture and construction equipment industries. These groups connect like-minded executives who manufacture similar products, or are impacted by similar issues. Our Leadership Groups facilitate communication among executives, those working directly on the issues and AEM staff to develop coordinated and effective industry solutions.

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Staff liaison: Anita Sennett (Agriculture), Sara Feuling (Construction), John Somers (Utility)

Market Intelligence Committee

Provide input and drive consensus on the members’ current and future market data needs, with the goal of developing products and services to meet the businesses of Whole Good, Portable Equipment, Component and Service members.

Staff liaison: Benjamin Duyck

Membership Committee

The Committee, develops and recommends the strategic direction for membership pricing, sectors for involvement, growth segments and sector related product categories. The membership committee is also responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the strategic direction to recruit and retain members. Committee members review and approve prospects applying for AEM membership. Provides an opportunity to learn more about AEM in depth as well as make a difference within the Association, while building a new peer network of relationships.

Participation within this committee will provide you experience leading and supporting AEM, which may lead to the nominating (past Chairs or volunteer leadership of AEM) committee to begin to insert your name for consideration of other volunteer positions, such as our Sector (CE or AG) Board and/or Board of Directors. We strive to have decision makers within a company, depending upon the company, may mean division lead or family member or the influencer.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Paul Flemming

Product Specific Work Groups

Companies who manufacture and market similar equipment come together in our product specific groups, to work together on issues of mutual interest and create industry-wide courses of action. We serve over 30 product specific groups covering nearly 225 product lines.

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Staff liaison: Michael Pankonin

Show Management Committees

Provide strategic leadership in the direction of show management, operations, and education. Committees available for CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE, World of Asphalt, and The Utility Expo shows. In form below, please indicate if there is a certain aspect of the shows that you are most interested in becoming involved in and if you have a show preference.

The Utility Expo
World of Asphalt

Staff liaison: Nicole Hallada

Statistics Committees

Provide direction for the statistical programs that serve the different sectors of the agriculture and construction equipment industries.

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Staff liaison: Mike Lietke

Technical & Safety Committees

Focused on specific products or topical concerns, AEM Tech & Safety Committees provide an opportunity to work with other industry experts on technical issues of common concern by communicating, educating and influencing global standards and regulatory compliance requirements. The committees provide a forum to develop industry consensus solutions and documents that maintain market access and provide resources supporting safe design and use of equipment. Only members who currently manufacture and market products or componentry directly related to the committees work may participate.

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Staff liaison: Michael Pankonin

The Ag Sector Board

The Ag (Agriculture) Sector Boards provides the strategic and operational direction for the agriculture equipment sectors of AEM, serving as the advocates for these members in the Association.

Ag Sector Board Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Curt Blades

The CE Sector Board

The CE (Construction Equipment) Sector Board provides the strategic and operational direction for the construction equipment sectors of AEM, serving as the advocates for these members in the Association.

CE Sector Board Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Megan Tanel

Workforce Development Task Force

The Workforce Development Task Force maintains the focus for the AEM workforce development initiative on specific areas of need in which a real impact may be made. The task force identifies ongoing objectives, tactics and target audience, and supports relevant industry partners for a unified AEM-led industry initiative.

Group Roles & Responsibilities

Staff liaison: Julie Davis

Interested in serving on a Committee?

Please submit your information below and we will contact you when there is an opening. List of AEM committees

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