The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced its 2014-2015 officers and board of directors during the OPEI annual meeting June 17-19 in Palm Beach, Fla.
Officers for the 2014-2015 year include: OPEI Chairman Paul Mullet (pictured), president, Excel Industries; OPEI Vice Chair Lee Sowell, president, outdoor products, Techtronic Industries, N.A., Incorporated; and OPEI Secretary/Treasurer Tim Merrett, vice president of A&T Global Platform and Turf & Utility, Deere & Company. Immediate past chair is Todd Teske, chairman, president & CEO at Briggs & Stratton Corporation.
“OPEI is entering a new era of growth and engagement because of the groundwork laid for many years by our board of directors,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “As the voice of outdoor power equipment, utility vehicle, and small-engine manufacturers, we are doing more to support manufacturers, advocate on their behalf, educate dealers, and share safety standards and best practices within the industry and with consumers.”
“A hundred-million-plus consumers use our products, and our industry is continuing to expand and grow,” said Mullet. “OPEI is championing the highest standards of safety and excellence during this phase of growth and innovation.”
Continuing their service on the OPEI board are the following members: Daniel T. Ariens, president & CEO, Ariens Company; Earl Bennett, vice president and general counsel, North America and Latin America, Husqvarna Professional Products; Steven M. Bly, executive vice president, Echo Incorporated; Edward B. Cohen, vice president, government & industry relations, American Honda Motor Company Inc.; Tom Cromwell, president, Kohler Engines, Kohler Company; John Cunningham, president, consumer products group, Stanley Black & Decker; Marc J. Dufour, president & CEO, Club Car LLC; Peter Hampton, president, Active Exhaust Corporation; Jean Hlay, president and COO, MTD Products Inc.; and Michael J. Hoffman, chairman & CEO, The Toro Company.
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 100 small-engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. OPEI is a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) in the development of safety and performance standards. For more information, visit www.OPEI.org.