The smooth transition of the recently acquired Hargrove & Associates, Inc. (HAI) under AEM ownership was a key topic of discussion at a meeting of the AEM Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. last month.

The Board supported the direction of and the progress made to integrate the Minneapolis-based data processing and business analytics company into AEM. The acquisition, which was announced in January of this year, will allow AEM to enhance and build upon its statistics program to better meet the needs of its membership.

"Our recent acquisition of Hargrove & Associates is a forward step for us as an association... and one we felt was important for us to take," said Rich Goldsbury, chair of AEM’s Board of Directors and president and CEO of Doosan Bobcat North America.

A number of activities have occurred since the purchase of HAI was finalized, including the operation of HAI in the transition without a disruption in service and the inaugural meeting of the HAI Board of Directors.

The Board also congratulated Statistics Leadership Committee Chair Rob Charter, along with AEM Vice President of Business Intelligence and Strategy Larry Buzecky and his team for the successful acquisition of HAI.

Workforce Development Plan Moves Forward

In other business, the Board approved a proposed comprehensive workforce development plan, as recommended by AEM’s Ag and CE Sector Boards. The plan is comprised of the following four tracks:

  • Direct Member Service – New workforce products, including webinars, a best practices guide and a toolkit for members
  • Training and Education – Support for workforce educational programs
  • Partnerships – Enhanced industry and non-industry workforce partnership opportunities
  • Advocacy – Strengthened advocacy outreach to support workforce development policies

In addition, the Board:

  • Introduced and welcomed Austin Ramirez of HUSCO back to the Board. Austin left the Board to serve as a White House Fellow in 2016-2017, working full time to support senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking officials.
  • Received news of an agreement for CONEXPO-CON/AGG between AEM, the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) and the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The agreement secures the long-term future of the exhibition, and it begins with the 2020 show and runs through 2041.
  • Approved the budgets for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020, ICUEE 2019 and CONEXPO Latin America 2019, as recommended by the CE Sector Board.
  • Supported the Futures Council activities to serve as AEM’s leading source of information on disruption. For 2018, the council serves as an advisory role for AEM’s Thinking Forward initiative, as a sounding board for future research initiatives, and to facilitate peer group and expert learning opportunities. 
  • Reviewed the results of the Strategic Plan audit that identified the progress made to achieve objectives of Key Results Areas (KRAs) in the first year (2017) of the plan.
  • Received a report on 2019 Vision Ideas developed by President Slater to provide a proposed vision of 2019 priorities in order to guide the development of the 2019 AEM Goals, including those to complete the final year of the Strategic Plan.

The next meeting of the AEM Board of Directors is slated for Aug. 9-10 in Chicago.