Group Resources

Group Leadership

Kim Byard
Komatsu America

Vice Chair
Cliff Geigle
John Deere Construction & Forestry

AEM Staff Contact

Nathan Burton
Technical & Safety Services Manager | 414-298-4126


Mike Pankonin
Senior Director, Technical & Safety Services | 414-298-4128


Product Focus

Forestry specific products including log skidders, tracked and wheeled fellers, tracked and wheeled harvesters, log forwarders, harvesting and processing heads, knuckle boom loaders, and forestry excavator conversions.


  • Provide a forum where forestry equipment related issues can be freely discussed.
  • Work toward market expansion and efficient service of the needs of forest harvesting contractors and foresters.
  • To improve the image of forestry and forest harvest operations.
  • To promote the interests of member Forestry Equipment manufacturers and represent forest machine manufacturers with a spirit of cooperation and common voice regarding:
    • Operator safety and protection issues
    • Machine standards input and influence, domestic and international
    • Regulatory & compliance issues - input and comment
    • Confidential market data programs
    • Issues affecting markets and market access


All AEM members with a direct interest in forestry equipment or forestry related issues are encouraged to participate. Although each company has one vote on issues before the council; multiple representatives from a single company may attend meetings and participate in council activities.


Council leadership consists of a Chair and a Vice Chair elected from council membership. Term of office is two years, renewable, with the Vice Chair being the natural successor to the Chair. A nominating committee is appointed to identify officer candidates with AEM staff assistance.

Role of the Forestry Equipment Council

  • To identify and develop industry positions and recommendations on forestry related issues.
  • To serve as the voice of the industry when dealing with forestry related issues.
  • To develop industry positions regarding regulatory and legislative matters impacting the forestry marketplace.
  • To identify and recommend additional services or service improvements to AEM forestry members.
  • To provide a defined communication path for staff to address forestry issues.


Organized as a council in 1975.