Association News


NTEA Unveils New Logo, Names President

The National Truck Equipment Association unveiled a new logo. Now visible on, the logo uses the acronym NTEA, the tagline “The Association for the Work Truck Industry” and a simple graphic. The previous logo was created in 1979.

Steven Sill, president of Aspen Equipment Co., Bloomington, Minn., was installed as the 47th president of the NTEA at The Work Truck Show 2011. Sill accepted the gavel from immediate past president Allen Birmingham. Also serving on the 2011-2012 board are first vice president Frank Livas, second vice president Shawn Jacobs, third vice president and treasurer Bobby Horton and NTEA executive director and secretary Jim Carney. Distributor trustees include Steve Hayes, Adam Keane, Jeffrey Messer and Terry Wieseler; manufacturer trustees are Brett Collins, Mark Woody and Dave Zelis.

OPEAA Announces Officers & Directors

The Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Association announced its 2011-2012 officers and board of directors during its annual meeting. Officers include president Mike Watts, vice president Dale Marcell, secretary/treasurer Jim Paugh and immediate past president Sue Chaney. Continuing their service on the board are Jeff Andrews, Jeff Jerousek and Barry Stiles. Newly elected to the board of directors are Eric Gunderson, Arnaud Legrand, Walter Rieck and Chris Roessler.

Survey Shows Outdoor Living Trends

Homeowners want function, efficiency and fire pits in their outdoor space, according to the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Residential Trends Survey. The survey asked residential landscape architecture professionals to rate the expected popularity of dozens of different outdoor living and landscape features for this year. More information on residential landscape architecture can be found at

Company Requires PGMS in Hiring

The J.M. Smucker Co. in Orrville, Ohio, has become the first top 100 company to include the Professional Grounds Management Society and its Certified Grounds Manager designation in its landscape bidding process. As part of the requirement to be recognized as a qualified landscape installer for the company’s “Campus Landscape Master Plan,” which is being overseen by Domokur Architects, applicants must be a member in good standing of either PLANET, the American Nursery & Landscape Association or PGMS.

WLPGA Recognizes PERC

The Propane Education & Research Council received an award from the World LP Gas Association for distinguished service in the research and development of propane technology. James Rockall, WLPGA managing director and CEO, presented the award to Bill Platz, PERC chairman, and Roy Willis, PERC president and CEO, during the WLPGA North American-European Summit, a meeting of global propane leaders and energy experts.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers had a significant presence at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG exposition to promote workforce development, safety awareness and the value and important contributions of the construction and manufacturing industries. Activities included the I Make America campaign, Industry Investor Conference, Construction Challenge finals and safety and training outreach.

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