Nick Yaksich, AEM senior vice president of government and industry relations and head of the association’s Washington D.C. office, has announced he plans to retire at the end of 2018.

Yaksich made the announcement in an email to staff after informing AEM President Dennis Slater and Chair Rich Goldsbury of his impending departure, citing a desire to spend more time with family and friends.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege for me to work at AEM,” said Yaksich. “I care a great deal about the continued success of the association and its staff, and I wish them all the best in the future.”

Yaksich said he and his wife, Melanie, plan to remain in the Washington D.C. area for the immediate future.

“Nick has been the driving force to transform our D.C. activities from an office just reporting the events effecting our industry to a talented team of advocacy and public affairs professionals engaging and influencing legislative and regulatory issues of importance to our members and the equipment industry,” said Slater. “I Make America, Infrastructure Vision 2050, AEMPAC, Start Us Up USA, AEM Canada, state advocacy, the  I Make America Fly-in – these are all programs and activities launched during Nick’s time as our leader in D.C. And, there are many more, including the impressive new D.C. office, which raises our profile and presence in Washington.”

“As Nick begins to look back on his career at AEM, he can look at these 20 years of our advocacy and public affairs and be proud of a ‘mission accomplished,’” continued Slater. “He will be leaving AEM advocacy and public affairs in a position to build on this foundation to do even more.”

Yaksich joined AEM in 1998 as vice president of government and industry relations. Prior to that, he worked as a lobbyist for the National Asphalt Pavement Association and the Associated General Contractors of America after leaving Capitol Hill as a congressional aide.

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