John Deere’s Tim Merrett elected chairman of OPEI board
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) recently announced its 2016-2017 officers and board of directors. The officers and new board members were elected during the organization’s annual meeting, which was held June 21-23 in Asheville, North Carolina. They are as follows:
- Chairman: Tim Merrett, vice president, global platform turf & utility, Deere & Co.
- Vice chairman: Daniel Ariens, chairman and CEO, Ariens Co.
- Secretary/Treasurer: Tom Cromwell, group president-power, Kohler Co.
- Immediate past chairman: Lee Sowell, president-outdoor products, Techtronic Industries NA Inc.
“I am honored to be selected as chair,” said Deere’s Merrett. “We are addressing new challenges as our industry grows. We continue to build appreciation for the value and benefits of living landscapes and work to represent our members and their interests.
“We are also looking forward to our largest GIE+EXPO ever.”
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