SomersAEM’s John Somers has been named vice president, Construction & Utility Sector, effective immediately.

Somers, who previously served as AEM’s senior director, utility, will replace Megan Tanel, who will succeed Dennis Slater as AEM president, effective Jan. 1.

“I’m very pleased to announce John Somers’s promotion to vice president, Construction & Utility Sector,” said Megan Tanel, AEM president-select and current senior vice president of construction equipment & utility sector. “John has led the charge with our sector member groups and delivered on AEM priorities and initiatives that build momentum for our industry. His expertise, enthusiasm and industry knowledge will help us achieve continued success.”

Somers joined AEM in 2007 and has held various positions with increasing responsibility within the organization over the past 14 years. In his new role, Somers will be responsible for the strategic direction of construction and utility programs and services for AEM membership, and he will serve as the primary liaison to AEM’s CE Sector Board and with CE-specific industry organizations, customer groups and government agencies, both in North America and worldwide.

Somers serves on the Next Practices Advisory Committee with the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) to encourage innovation and new practices to address the most critical challenges facing the damage prevention industry. He also helped lead the development of the industry’s telematics standard and currently manages AEM’s Engine Emissions Strategy Task Force, which is addressing potential regulation impacts on manufacturers and end users.

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead the Construction & Utility Sector at AEM,” said Somers. “I look forward to working with our strong team to continue providing the best services to our members. We are at an absolute pivotal time in our industry, one where technology is at a tipping point as jobsites look to increase efficiencies. In developing and executing a strategy on behalf of this sector, AEM can help foster new member participation and drive results that will make a significant impact on the world.”

AEM’s Sara Feuling Named Senior Director, construction

FeulingIn addition to announcing Somers’s new role, AEM has named Sara Feuling senior director, construction.

Feuling joined AEM in 2018, bringing more than a decade of construction management and field experience to the association.

Tasked with bringing an enhanced focus to the aggregate, concrete and asphalt industries, as well as increasing the association’s knowledge as it relates to jobsite planning and highway construction, Feuling’s responsibilities include identifying changes in the overall direction of the construction process – especially as technology within the industry changes – and engaging with key stakeholders within the industry.

In addition, AEM’s Construction & Utility Sector will work to effectively engage products and services within the utility area. Outreach will be done in order to bring in complimentary product groups to already existing segments, and conducting research associated with how changes in the utility market – most notably renewable energies and water infrastructure – will impact both utility owners and contractors.

The sector will also be tasked with further investigating the adoption rate of electric and zero-emission equipment, as well as bringing together groups to discuss and shape the future of the equipment manufacturing industry and the work being done by construction and utility contractors.

"AEM is committed to providing our members with the tools and resources they need to meet customer demands, positively impact their own bottom lines and improve their services with adoption of new technology," said Feuling. "Through our Construction & Utility Sector work, the association will continue to fulfill its mission to facilitate member engagement, build momentum for the equipment manufacturing industry, and drive value for the customers it serves.”

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