OPEI announces new board

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Board of Directors met concurrently with the group’s annual meeting in Florida in June, approving the association’s budget, the transition of the Board’s Executive Committee, and work plans for the coming year.

“With 150 attendees and invited guests, insightful keynotes, and so much time to connect, I think it was one of the best Annual Meetings yet,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the OPEI. “We’re pleased to report that the association and our trade show are on solid financial footing, and remain in a good position to advocate for members and the industry as we head into 2025.” Kiser thanked outgoing board chair Chervon CEO Mike Clancy for this service to the board and the industry.

OPEI’s Board of Directors for 2024-2025: 

  • •    Chair – David Thorne, Vice President, Turf & Compact Utility Business Unit, Deere & Company
  • •    Vice Chair – Rick Olson, Chairman and CEO, The Toro Company
  • •    Secretary/Treasurer – Chris Keffer, President and CEO, STIHL Inc.
  • •    Immediate Past Chair – Mike Clancy, CEO, Chervon North America
  • •    Equip Exposition Show Chairman – Dan Ariens, Chairman and CEO, Ariens Company
  • •    Rick Gray, President – Outdoor Power Equipment, Milwaukee Tool
  • •    Klaus Hahn, President North America, Greenworks
  • •    Peter Hampton, President and CEO, Active Dynamics
  • •    Brian Melka, Group President — Kohler Energy
  • •    Andreas Rangert, President – North America, Husqvarna Forest & Garden Division
  • •    Doug Redpath, President & General Manager, Outdoor, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • •    Harold Redman, President and CEO, Echo Incorporated
  • •    Tom Rugg, Senior Vice President & President Energy Solutions, Briggs & Stratton
  • •    Nelson Wilner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Engines, Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA