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AED Welcomes New President/CEO

AED enters a new chapter with the appointment of an industry vet.

Fri December 06, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Associated Equipment Distributors has appointed its new President and CEO, Brian P. McGuire. He will assume his duties with AED on Jan. 6, 2014, and will be based at AED’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. He was most recently the president of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association, headquartered in Park Ridge, Ill.

McGuire, considered a strong, transformational, visionary leader and builder, has a broad professional background in trade associations with an impressive record in public policy advocacy, membership growth, as well as training and educational services for industry, according to the association.

“We are about to enter a new chapter of AED with renewed energy,” said AED 2013 Chairman Mike Quirk, who is vice president of Operations at Wagner Equipment Co., the Caterpillar dealer based in the Denver, Colo., metropolitan area. “Brian is an association professional whose experience and talents are a wonderful match with the member needs of AED — we’re truly excited to welcome him aboard, and we’re looking forward to moving in an innovative, service-oriented direction under his leadership.”

McGuire is the former senior regional manager of Illinois and Wisconsin for the National Association of Manufacturers, which is based in Washington, D.C. He also has worked for a combined eight years for Illinois’ State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger, as both a political consultant and chief of state.

Focused on civic duty, McGuire is the top elected officer of his community, serving as Hanover Township town supervisor for 99,000 residents and responsible for a treasury of $12 million. He’s also a 20-year veteran volunteer firefighter who retired as captain in 2008.

“I’m looking forward to getting acquainted with all of AED’s constituencies — dealer members, manufacturers and industry service suppliers, as well as the professionals who comprise the AED staff in Oak Brook,” said McGuire. “Together, we’re going to continue the mission of providing outstanding resources to support distributor profitability, and we’ll identify new approaches for ensuring the future strength of the dealer model in the construction equipment industry.”

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