The AEM CE Sector board met in Washington D.C. on March 21 to set priorities for 2017 and review top advocacy and telematics issues that impact our members.

CE Chair Jeff Reed, president, Reed International/VSS Macropaver, said, “We covered a lot of subjects in today’s meeting.  Our first subject this morning was on advocacy and the issues surrounding right-to-repair. We also discussed matters related to our exhibitions strategy, infrastructure, and how the topic of data and telematics are impacting our members.” 

During the meeting, the CE Sector Board:

  • Heard an update on “Right to Repair” laws from AEM Director for State Government and Industry Relations Stephanie See. As state legislatures spend the first part of 2017 examining various proposals to modify access to service information, See briefed member company representatives about AEM’s efforts to protect manufacturers’ interests while also working with customer groups to forge a solution that gives them access to basic diagnostic tools while preserving manufacturers’ competitive interests. In addition, AEM Senior Vice President Nick Yaksich shared an overview of The Road Improvement Program (TRIP) grassroots programs and the correlation between state funding increases and states where TRIP reports were released.
  • Recommended to the AEM board that AEM provide monetary support to America’s Economic Expressway, which is a future-oriented project of non-profits representing a diverse coalition of thinkers, designers, users and builders of America's state-of-the-art infrastructure. An overview of America’s Economic Expressway was provided by ARTBA Executive Vice President and COO Bill Toohey. The recommendation included financial support from AEM reserves with a 4-to-1 match.
  • Reviewed a preliminary summary of CONEXPO-CON/AGG, highlighting the impressive numbers relating to size and scope of the show.  AEM VP and Show Director Sara Truesdale Mooney provided metrics that establish the show as the largest for U.S. trade shows, including the new record increases in exhibitors and exhibit space, and how the new pricing strategy contributed to quality buyers. Truesdale Mooney also shared highlights from the Tech Experience, social media, housing, education, technology, give back benefit program and AEM booth engagement initiatives.
  • Discussed the next steps of our exhibition strategy in Latin America, focusing on increasing long-term value through quality, regional industry events and pursuing a partner approach.  Director of International Exhibitions Petra Kaiser presented planned branding activities in the region and preparation for the next exhibition in 2019. The CE Sector Board also discussed the recent announcement of Munich Trade Fair’s (MMG) multi-year agreement to manage the M&T Expo shows in Brazil. AEM continues its long-time strategic collaboration with MMG in key global markets.
  • Listened to a report on recent data research, per the Data KRA, from AEM Vice President of Intelligence and Strategy Larry Buzecky. Buzecky reinforced the new strategic goal to assess impact of data on AEM members. A report was shared highlighting the initial research direction for data’s impact on the industries AEM serves.

In addition, the CE Sector board welcomed four new directors:

  • Brad Boehler, president, Skyjack Inc.
  • John Garrison, president and CEO, Terex Corporation
  • Jeff Heinemann, vice president, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, USA
  • Stephen Roy, president, Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment

For more information about the CE Sector Board, please contact Al Cervero (, tel: 414-298-4125).