Illinois Equipment Distributors (IED)

Long-time industry champion, Tom Stern, general sales manager of West Side Tractor Sales, is beginning 2020 with a new position: retired. Stern began working in the construction equipment industry in 1974. Prior to beginning his 27-year career at West Side Tractor, he worked for a local construction equipment distributor as general manager and a heavy equipment manufacturer as director of sales.

The Illinois Equipment Distributors held its 53rd annual Holiday Dinner Dec. 13 in Addison Ill. The event also included the 2020 Board of Directors induction meeting. Outgoing President Kevin Ridens (First Choice Equipment) thanked the 2019 board — Joe Stack (Cummins Sales & Service), vice president; Jason Zeibert (Finkbiner Equipment Co.), treasurer; Bob Jones (SES), first-year director; Jim McCann (McCann Industries), second-year director; and Joe McKeon (Construction Equipment Guide), associate director — for their contributions to a successful year.

The Illinois Equipment Distributors held its annual Holiday Dinner and 2019 Board of Directors induction meeting Dec. 7 in Addison Ill. Outgoing President Bob Jones thanked the rest of his outgoing 2018 board — Kevin Ridens, vice president; Joe Stack, treasurer; Jim McCann, first-year director; Tom Stern, second-year director; and Joe McKeon, associate director — for their contributions to a successful year.

The Illinois Equipment Distributors (IED) held its 51st annual Christmas reception and installation of officers on Dec. 1 at Venuti's Italian Restaurant in Addison, Ill. Guests enjoyed a performance by TP Mulrooney, a golf comedian who has performed on HBO, Comedy Central and The Golf Channel, in addition to an open bar and a classic Italian meal.