NAEDA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, left to right, consists of Paul Kindinger, president and CEO; Tom Nobbe, second vice chairman; Roger Gjellstad, chairman; Joe Nash, first vice chairman; and Lester H. Killebrew, immediate past chairman.Roger Gjellstad of Stanley, N.D., was elected chairman of the board of directors of the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) effective March 1, 2011.
Gjellstad is president and general manager of Stanley Equipment Inc., a Case IH dealership with seven locations under two corporations serving western North Dakota and Montana. The dealership’s website is www.stanleyequipment.com.
“Roger’s enthusiasm and leadership ability will serve the organization and members well,” said Paul Kindinger, president/CEO, NAEDA. Lester Killebrew, NAEDA’s immediate past chairman, concurred, “Roger has a great vision for our industry.”
Gjellstad’s vision involves seeing “all equipment dealers join their local associations and benefit from being part of their regional associations and NAEDA.” He said, “It’s the best investment equipment dealers will ever make.”
Gjellstad became a member of the NAEDA board in 2007. He represents the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association, one of 17 North American dealer associations affiliated with NAEDA. Since joining the board, Gjellstad has served as second vice chair and first vice chair, as well as on the following NAEDA committees: member services, manufacturing relations, and executive.
Locally, Gjellstad is an active member of the American Lutheran Church. He has served on numerous civic organizations and boards, and he is an active member of the volunteer fire department.
Gjellstad grew up on a farm and ranch near Velva, N.D. In 1972, he graduated with a B.S. degree in Agriculture from North Dakota State University, where he also was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. Since college graduation, he has been actively involved in the equipment industry, working first in sales for International Harvester. In 1974, he began working for Stanley Equipment and purchased the company two years later.
Gjellstad was installed as board chairman March 10, 2011, during NAEDA’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. Joe Nash (first vice chairman) and Tom Nobbe (second vice chairman) will serve as vice chairs of the NAEDA board for 2011-12.
Nash represents the SouthEastern Equipment Dealers Association. Nobbe represents the Midwest Equipment Dealers Association.
Based in Fenton, Mo., NAEDA provides educational, financial, industry relations, legal and legislative services to 5,000 dealers in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.naeda.com.