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About OPEI

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About OPEI

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing 100 small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment.  The OPEI Education Foundation is the creative force behind OPEI is a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is the managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual industry trade show.

OPEI Staff 

OPEI Board of Directors 2015-2016 


    • Mr. Lee Sowell, President – Outdoor Products – Techtronic Industries, N.A., Incorporated 

Vice Chair

    • Mr. Tim Merrett, Vice President, Global Platform – Turf & Utility Agriculture & Turf Division - Deere & Company


    • Mr. Daniel Ariens, President – Ariens Company

Immediate Past Chair

    • Mr. Paul Mullet, President – Excel Industries, Inc.

Other Directors

  • Mr. Earl Bennett,  Vice President and General Counsel, N/A and L/A - Husqvarna Professional Products
  • Mr. Tim Dorsey, President – Echo Incorporated
  • Mr. Tom Duncan, President & CEO – Positec USA, Inc.
  • Mr. Edward B. Cohen, Vice President – Government & Industry Relations - American Honda Motor Company Inc.
  • Mr. Tom Cromwell, President, Kohler Engines – Kohler Company
  • Mr. Marc  J. Dufour, President & CEO - Club Car - LLC
  • Mr. Bjoern Fischer, Incoming President – Stihl
  • Mr. Peter Hampton, President - Active Exhaust Corporation
  • Mrs. Jean Hlay, President and Chief Operating Officer – MTD Products Inc.
  • Mr. Michael J. Hoffman, Chairman & CEO - The Toro Company
  • Mr. Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO – Briggs and Stratton Corporation
  • Mr. Fred J. Whyte, President - Stihl Incorporate
  • Mr. David Withers, President – Jacobsen, A Textron Company

Industry Innovation

OPEI’s members have a long history of innovating to meet the lifestyle needs of consumers. Today’s outdoor power equipment have become quieter, lighter, cleaner and more feature rich, adapting to evolving consumer preferences and demographic changes.

The mower is just one example of member innovation.