AEM’s Slater Plans to Retire, Successor Appointed | 2021-08-06


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has announced that Dennis Slater will retire as president of the organization at the end of the year.

The AEM Board of Directors has selected Megan Tanel, AEM Senior Vice President, Construction and Utilities Industry, to succeed Slater and become AEM President effective January 1, 2022.

Slater, 63, joined the predecessor of AEM – the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) – in 1982, becoming president of CIMA in 1998 and president of the new AEM in 2002 after a merger between CIMA and Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI ). Slater led the transformation of the association, which has grown by 50% to over 1,000 member companies, with revenues increasing nearly 700% to $ 60 million annually.

“Through Dennis’ leadership and impressive contributions to the industry for nearly 40 years, AEM has created tremendous value and momentum for our members and the industry,” said Steve Berglund, President of AEM 2021 and Executive Chairman of Trimble, Inc. “He has been an outstanding leader in the equipment manufacturing industry and, on behalf of the directors of the AEM Board of Directors, I thank him for his unwavering leadership and vision. in support of the 1,000 member companies of the association.

Tanel, 48, joined AEM in 1995 as an intern, becoming a full-time employee later that year and progressed in managerial roles to her current role. For many years Tanel led AEM’s exhibition and event initiatives and helped launch World of Asphalt in 2001, served as show director for The Utility Expo (formerly ICUEE) and CONEXPO-CON / AGG, the largest construction show in North America.

“I congratulate Megan on her new position and expanded role at AEM and, on behalf of the Board of Directors, we are confident that she will continue to lead the association and support the industry for many years to come,” Berglund said.

“Megan has successfully led key initiatives and has been a major driver in building relationships in our industry throughout her 20-plus year tenure with AEM,” said Slater. “With the support of AEM’s senior team and our members, I am confident that it will provide the leadership necessary to continue AEM’s success in the future. “

“I am honored to have the confidence of the AEM Board of Directors and I am grateful to Dennis and what he has done for our association and the industry,” said Tanel. “Our association is financially healthy, our industry is relevant and essential to our global economy, and we have the strong support of our members. Now is the time to build on our momentum, and with our strong team in place, I know we will do just that. “

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