Group Resources

Group Leadership

Mike DeSpain
John Deere Co.

AEM Staff Contact

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


  • This Council provides the strategic and operational direction for AEM’s safety and product leadership programs, serving as the advocate for safety and product leadership initiatives in the Association.


  • Coordinate and prioritize goals and objectives for safety and product leadership issues.
    • Ensure early recognition of emerging safety and product leadership related issues.
    • Determine the strategic direction of the Association’s safety and product leadership activities and programs.
    • Assist in the development and resourcing of programs to effectively address safety and product leadership related issues.
  • Communicate with the AEM AG and CE Sector Board of Directors on technical matters.
  • Annually review AEM’s financial and staff support of standards activities.
  • Review and approve recommendations for new services and activities.


  • The SPLC consists of up to 35 members, who serve as chair of an active safety and product leadership group or as a Standards Technical Advisory Group (TAG) member.
  • The chair may appoint additional “members at large.”
  • Only full-time employees of AEM member companies can serve on the SPLC.


  • The Safety and Product Leadership Council will meet twice a year:  once in person and once via conference call or WebEx. 
  • Additional meetings may be held to focus on specific Sector related prioritization.
  • The chair may also convene a conference call as needed in preparation for the in-person meetings or to address specific issues.

Resources and Documents

EU Road Circulation Documents