Group Resources

View the CE Sector Board

Group Leadership

CE Chair
Rod Schrader
Komatsu America Corp.

Vice Chair
Stephen Roy
Volvo Construction Equipment

AEM Staff Contact

Megan Tanel
Senior Vice President, Construction & Utility Sectors | 414-298-4117

Rachael Habermehl
Administrative Specialist | 414-274-0682

Sara Feuling
Director, Construction | 414-298-4149

John Somers
Senior Director, Utility | 414-298-4172

Mission of the Sector Board

The CE Sector Board provides the strategic and operational direction for the construction equipment (CE) sector of AEM, serving as the advocate for CE members in the Association.


The CE Sector Board has the following responsibilities:

  • Determine the strategic direction of the Association for the CE industry sector, including all services, activities and programs.
  • Manage the direction and issues for CE related services, leaving the tactics to the planning committees and staff.
  • Provide guidance to staff in the implementation of CE services, activities and programs.
  • Identify, develop and deliver industry position statements on behalf of the Association to represent the interests of CE members and the CE industry sector.
  • Review and approve recommendations for new services and activities from members, staff and planning committees for the CE industry sector, submitting these recommendations to the AEM Board of Directors for approval.
  • Determine the scope of eligible products and services for CE membership.
  • Support of AEM advocacy is an important role of Directors serving on the AEM and Sector Boards. Directors are encouraged to actively support the AEM I Make America activities and contribute to AEMPAC.

2021 Priorities

  • Lead direction on key areas of the AEM Strategic Plan related to the construction and utility sectors.
  • Be the unified voice on industry issues, with an enhanced focus on COVID recovery, worker safety, including situational awareness, and cybersecurity.
  • Drive to increase adoption of equipment technology by end users.
  • Review and engage in policy priorities to ensure free and fair trade, and secure long-term infrastructure and transportation funding.
  • Provide staff with direction and engage in review of plans for activities to ensure a strengthened workforce.
  • Review and provide input on construction and utility specific member engagement and satisfaction metrics.
  • Continue discussion on the current state and future of industry trade shows.


  • The CE Sector Board is led by the CE Chair of AEM. The position serves as an Officer of the Association and is elected annually by the AEM Board of Directors in November.
  • CE Chairs typically serve two one-year terms.
  • A Vice Chair is nominated by the Nominating Committee, elected by the AEM Board and is an elected member of the CE Sector Board. The Vice Chair will serve in the absence of the CE Chair to run meetings or represent the Association at events.


  • The CE Sector Board consists of 20 members who are elected by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting each November.
  • The CE Sector Board shall represent a cross-section of the CE membership in AEM, including Whole Good, Portable Equipment, Component and Service members and the various dues categories.
  • Only full-time employees of members can serve on the CE Sector Board.
  • Only one CE Sector Board Director is allowed from each “dues payer.”

 Director Profile

  • AEM seeks top or high-level executives from member companies, including the mining and utility sectors, to serve, with an emphasis on diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age and background along with diversity of product groups.
  • CE Sector Board Directors will be considered by the Nominating Committee for selection as candidates to serve on the AEM Board of Directors.


  • The CE Sector Board will meet in person three times annually in conjunction with the meetings of the AEM Board of Directors in March, July/August and November.
  • It may also meet virtually as needed in preparation for the in-person meetings or to address a specific issue.