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AED Holds Annual Summit, Condex Show in Houston

CEG President Ted McKeon (2nd from R) posed for a picture (L-R) with Patrick Hitpas, director of product support; Mike Anderson, VP and general manager N.Y.; and Tim Watters, president and CEO; and Eric Shumaker, CFO, all of Hoffman Equipment.
The annual meeting’s trade show, Condex, was well attended.
Representatives of Midland Machinery were on hand to answer questions.
Woods Equipment has one of the largest selections of specialty attachments in the industry. (L-R) are Paul Haag, Doreen Putnam, Rob Robertson and John Myers, all of Woods.
Robert Bouchard (L) of Rotobec and Rick Gordon of Indexator were available to discuss the increased maneuverability the Indexator Rototilt coupling systems provide for excavator attachments.
(L-R) are Bill Czerwinski, Bell Trucks America Inc.; Mitch Nevins, Four Seasons Equipment Inc.; and Kevin O’Donnell, Neville Paynter and Robin Pett, all of Bell Trucks America Inc.
(L-R): Dave Krason, John Morton, Scott Wimer, Terry Wimer, Jim Cornelsen, all of Broce Broom/Waldon, and Merele Patzkowsky, of Waldon Mfg., are anxious to show off this Waldon 7000 loader.
Screen Machine Industries’ Thomas Barry (L) and Steve Cohen (R) take a photo op with Al Ramirez of the AED.
Tony Inman (L) and John Carpenter have been telling everyone about their Maeda mini-crane products.
Furukawa Rock Drill USA is well represented (L-R) by Fritz Muench, Michael Sato, Jeff Crane and Alan Stone.
Tonya Huismann of Big Iron Online Auctions offers an alternative to the traditional onsite auctions.
Bobby Hudson of HydrauliCircuit Technologies offers solutions to all of your hydraulic systems challenges.
The Danish-made Hydrema off-road trucks are known world wide for their outstanding workmanship and advanced engineering. (L-R) are Tom Hartman, Sterling Roberts, Kris Binder and Barry Ferrell, all of Hydrema.
A large crowd gathers for the inauguration of AED’s new Chairman Tim Watters, president of Hoffman Equipment.
Benjamin S. Carson Sr, MD,. became the inaugural recipient of a professorship dedicated in his name in May 2008. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and has received literally hundreds of awards and citations.
Past AED Chairman Dennis Kruepke, McCann Industries, introduces the membership to their new chairman.
Tim Watters, the new chairman of AED, and his wife, Patty, at his inauguration.

The AED Summit and Condex was held Jan. 15 to 17, 2014, at the Hilton Americas Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The AED Summit and Condex is an annual convention designed specifically to provide equipment distributors with opportunities to see new products, meet with current and prospective business partners, attend educational seminars and network with dealer peers.

This year's event featured Marty Regali, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Jason Dorsey, The Gen Y Guy; and Ben Carson as keynote speakers. Seminars included “Critical Success Factors for Getting Exceptional Result in Strategy Implementation,” “Web Site Basics and Beyond” and “The Cost of Customer Defection,” among others.

Mike Rayburn, billed as the “World's Funniest Guitar Virtuoso” performed at the Cabaret Night Benefit for the AED Foundation.