The board of directors of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) met with staff recently at the association’s headquarters building to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the outdoor power equipment industry.

Pictured from left are: Suzanne Henry, Four Leaf Public Relations; Chuck Bowen, OPEI; Greg Knott, OPEI; Dan Mustico, OPEI; Rick Olson, Toro; Brandon Martin, OPEI; Earl Bennett, Husqvarna; Bjoern Fischer, STIHL; Joe Wright, Excel Industries; Tom Duncan, Positec USA; Todd Teske, Briggs and Stratton; Rick Vance, Stites and Harbison; Tim Dorsey, Echo; Kris Kiser, OPEI; Lee Sowell, Techtronic Industries; Ed Cohen, American Honda Motor Company; Dan Ariens, Ariens Co.; Suzanne Shomers, OPEI; Warren Sellers, GIE+EXPO; Marla Popkin, OPEI; and Heather Heishman, OPEI.

During the meeting, the board appointed Rob Moll, CEO of MTD, as a director, and named Tom Duncan, president and CEO of Positec, to the executive committee as secretary/treasurer.

“As the outdoor power equipment industry continues to evolve, so does OPEI,” said OPEI President and CEO, Kris Kiser. “Thanks to an engaged board of directors, our association remains well-positioned to represent our members’ interests and respond to the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the coming years.”

OPEI’s 2019-2020 officers and members of its board of directors are:

 

OPEI Chair: Bjoern Fischer, President, STIHL, Inc.

OPEI Vice Chair: Rick Olson, Chairman, President and CEO, The Toro Company

OPEI Secretary/Treasurer: Tom Duncan, President and CEO, Positec USA

Immediate Past Chair: Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO, Ariens Company

 

The other members of the OPEI board of directors are:

  • Earl Bennett, president, Husqvarna North America, Husqvarna Professional Products
  • Edward B. Cohen, vice president, government & industry relations, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Tim Dorsey, president, Echo Incorporated
  • Peter Hampton, president and CEO, Active Exhaust Corporation
  • Tim Merrett, vice president, global platform turf & utility, Deere and Company
  • Lee Sowell, president, outdoor products, Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
  • Todd Teske, chairman, president and CEO, Briggs and Stratton Corporation
  • Mark Wagner, president and CEO, Club Car, LLC
  • Joe Wright, president and CEO, Excel Industries, Inc.