AED Brings Construction Equipment Industry Together

Annual summit serves as think tank for dealers, politicians and industry leaders alike.

📅   Wed January 25, 2017 - National Edition


Frank Chulick (L), president, and John Paraschak, both of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co.
Frank Chulick (L), president, and John Paraschak, both of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co.
Frank Chulick (L), president, and John Paraschak, both of Stewart-Amos Sweeper Co. (L-R): Scott Timmer, Jody Beasley and Steve Cohen, president and CEO, all of Screen Machine Industries. Greg Hickman, sales and marketing manager of HydrauliCircuit Technology. (L-R): Jimmy Slavens, sales and marketing manager; Ian Lewandowsk; Kevin Boreen, CEO; Jason Johnson; and Ray Gamache, all of Connect Work Tools. Soosan, one of the largest hammer manufacturers in the world, is looking to expand its dealer network in the United States. Sung Jong Kee (L), director, and Greg Henry, sales manager, both of Soosan. Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas honored seven of its top dealers for 2016 during a meeting of its North American dealers at the AED Summit in Chicago. Hyundai awarded its top honor of Dealer of the Year to Rob’s Hydraulics Inc. of Grimesland, N.C., and for the first time, named a Rookie Dealer of the Year, with RECO Equipment, of Belmont, Ohio, earning that title. Selected as top performing Hyundai construction equipment dealers of 2016 were CIMI Inc., Levis, Quebec; Chappell Tractor Sal Gorilla Hammers has long used AED as an opportunity to develop new dealers and to strengthen relationships with existing dealers. (L-R): Robert Tedesco, Gorilla Hammers, and Sean Maloney and Jack Maloney, both of Merk Group, Frankfort, Ill. The Rototilt fully rotational coupling system has set a new standard of excellence and versatility. Rene Wagner of Rubble Master is establishing a nationwide dealer network for one of the world leaders in recycling equipment. Geith Attachments are recognized worldwide for their strength and durability. (L-R): Vonda Miller, Bruce Jackson and Paul Schevlin. Felling Trailers has a track record of innovation that has set them apart in trailer manufacturing. Steve Scattolini (L) and John Skross of FTG Equipment Solutions, Carney’s Point, N.J. FTG specializes in air compressors and generators. Stopping by the Construction Equipment Guide booth and visiting with Joe McKeon (L) at the recent AED Summit in Chicago is Patrick Ahern (R) of Edward Ehrbar corporate headquarters, Yonkers, N.Y. Handling booth duty for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment America is Chad Roehrich. Eric Shumaker (L), CFO of Hoffman Equipment, Piscataway, N.J., receives a signed copy of Daymond John’s book. John is an investor and appears in ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank. Ralph Dodge of Curry Supply Co. (L-R): Sean Donaghy, Dan Davis and John Patton, all of IROCK Crushers LLC. Doug Campbell (L) and Nicholas Burnett, both of Multi One.

AED's Summit & CONDEX welcomed attendees to the Windy City for an unforgettable conference from Jan. 10 to 13.

This year, the Summit saw many changes and milestones for AED as an organization, which led to an event that was incredibly successful from AED's and its members' standpoint.

Attendance for this event was at an all-time high for a ConExpo year, and the Summit brought out many old and new faces at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Attendees benefited from several networking parties, such as the new AED Foundation Fundraising Gala and 10th annual live auction presented by The AED Foundation and Ritchie Bros. that raised record-breaking donations to enhance the success of dealerships for years to come.

This year's event also included professional dealer education sessions on Jan. 10, for the first time. Education sessions, like the ones AED provides during the Summit, create more opportunities and time to learn about issues pertaining to the construction equipment industry. As the only event with education that caters specifically toward dealers, AED wanted to give its attendees as many possibilities to attend sessions that would benefit their growth. These sessions were separated by tracks, including executive leadership development, people management, product support, sales and the customer experience, customer engagement, small dealer and rental, which created an opportunity for attendees to grow develop their skills.

The keynote speakers provided different points of view on leadership and success and how these qualities can come in different forms. Richard Picciotto, the highest-ranking New York firefighter to survive the 9/11 attacks, discussed how bravery and courage come into play in careers. Daymond John of ABC's “Shark Tank” gave attendees an inside look at what it takes to build a company from the ground up and how to make it successful.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney gave an in-depth discussion of climbing the political ladder, starting his career working with Donald Rumsfeld. He shared anecdotes about his time at Yale and working with Rumsfeld that kept the crowd laughing. He also gave insight into running the country during times of devastation as vice president during 9/11, and sharing somber stories about that day, which made everybody contemplate a difficult time in American history.

AED is already looking forward to the 2018 Summit in Las Vegas at The Mirage, which will run from Jan. 15 to 19.