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About OPEI

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About OPEI

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 of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment. 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. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada (OPEIC) is OPEI’s corporate entity to represent member’s interests in Canada and its provinces. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show.

The OPEI Education and Research Foundation is the creative force behind the environmental education program, TurfMutt has reached more than 38 million teachers, students and families and is listed as an educational resource by the EPA, U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. TurfMutt participated in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools Green Apple Day of Service.

OPEI Board of Directors 2013-2014


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

Vice Chair

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


Mr. Tim Merrett, VP, A & T Global Platform – Turf & Utility - Deere & Company

Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Todd Teske, Chairman, President & CEO – Briggs & Stratton Corporation

Other Officers

Mr. Daniel T. Ariens, President & CEO – Ariens Company
Mr. Earl Bennett,  Vice President and General Counsel, N/A and L/A - Husqvarna Professional Products
Mr. Steven M. Bly, Executive Vice President – Echo Incorporated
Mr. Edward B. Cohen, Vice President -Government & Industry Relations - American Honda Motor Company Inc.
Mr. Tom Cromwell, President, Kohler Engines – Kohler Company
Mr. John Cunningham, President, Consumer Products Group - Stanley Black & Decker
Mr. Marc  J. Dufour, President & CEO - Club Car - LLC
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. Fred J. Whyte, President - Stihl Incorporated

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.