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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 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and 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 managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.

OPEI Senior Staff 

OPEI Board of Directors 2017-2018 


    • Mr. Dan Ariens, President and CEO, Ariens Company

Vice Chair

    • Mr. Tom Cromwell, Group President, Kohler Power, Kohler Company 


    • Mr. Bjoern Fischer, President, STIHL

Immediate Past Chair

    • Mr. Tim Merrett, Vice President, Global Platform Turf & Utility, Deere and Company

Other Directors

  • Mr. Edward B. Cohen, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, American Honda Motor Company, Inc.
  • Mr. Tim Dorsey, President, Echo Incorporated
  • Mr. Tom Duncan, President and CEO, Positec USA, Inc.
  • Mr. Peter Hampton, President and CEO, Active Exhaust Corporation
  • Mrs. Jean Hlay, President and COO, MTD Products, Inc.
  • Mr. Rick Olson, President and CEO, The Toro Company
  • Mr. Lee Sowell, President, Outdoor Products, Techtronic Industries
  • Mr. Todd Teske, Chairman, President and CEO, Briggs and Stratton Corporation
  • Mr. Mark Wagner, President, Club Car, LLC
  • Mr. Joe Wright, President and CEO, Excel Industries

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.