AEM president to retire in December 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has confirmed Dennis J. Slater is to retire after 23 years as president on the 31 December
Loading, Hauling & Excavation / August 10, 2021
By Ben Spencer
AEM's Dennis J. Slater joined AEM’s predecessor CIMA in 1982 (Image Credit: AEM)
AEM's Dennis J. Slater joined AEM’s predecessor CIMA in 1982 (Image Credit: AEM)

Slater will be replaced by AEM’s senior vice president, construction & utility sector Megan Tanel.

Slater, 63, joined AEM’s predecessor the Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) in 1982, becoming president of CIMA in 1998 and president of the newly formed AEM in 2002, after a merger between CIMA and Equipment Manufacturers Institute. 

AEC chair Steve W. Berglund says: “Through Dennis’ leadership and impressive contributions to the industry for nearly 40 years, AEM has built tremendous value and momentum for our members and the industry. He has been an outstanding leader of the equipment manufacturing industry and, on behalf of the AEM board directors, I thank him for his steadfast leadership and vision in support of the association’s 1,000 member companies.”

Tanel, 48, joined AEM in 1995 as an intern, becoming a full-time employee later that year. She grew in leadership to her most recent position. Tanel helped launch World of Asphalt in 2001 and served as show director for The Utility Expo and CONEXPO-CON/AGG

“I congratulate Megan on her new position and expanded role at AEM and, on behalf of the board of directors, we are confident she will continue to lead the association and support the industry for many years to come,” said Berglund.

Slater says: “Megan has successfully led key initiatives and been a major driver in building relationships across our industry throughout her 20+ year tenure at AEM. With the support of the AEM senior team and our membership, I’m confident she will provide the leadership needed to continue AEM’s success in the future.”


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