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Lawn and Landscape: OPEI celebrates 60th anniversary

March 2, 2012

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) will commemorate its 60th anniversary at this year’s Annual Meeting to be held June 20-22 in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Changes to the OPEI Annual Meeting agenda reflect the association’s increasing commitment to broader member participation and engagement.
OPEI also announce the addition of an associate member to OPEI’s Board of Directors. An associate member recognition luncheon has been scheduled in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.
“Adding an associate member to the OPEI board recognizes their importance within our organization,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI. “Associate members play an instrumental role in our success, and we want their engagement at this leadership level.”
Further, beginning in 2013, OPEI’s Annual Meeting will include the participation of all working committees (handheld, ground supported, market services, legal and other task groups) who will report progress and committee activities back to the attendees.
“OPEI’s strength is in its membership,” Kiser said. “That’s why we are committed to more fully engage members and harness our resources and expertise so that we can act quickly and effectively on behalf of the industry.”
Headlining this year’s meeting will be Nick Bilton, currently the lead technology writer/reporter for “The New York Times” Bits blog and a reporter for the daily paper.  Bilton’s newest book, “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works,” examines how technology is shaping our brains and our lives. His presentation will focus on the future of technology trends, and how this evolution affects our day-to-day lives, both at home and at work.
To attend the meeting or sponsor an event function, contact Marla Popkin at