Outdoor Power Equipment

August 2017

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INDUSTRY NEWS www.outdoorpowerequipment.com OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT AUGUST 2017 17 T he Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) recently announced the manufacturers that earned the 2017 Dealer's Choice Awards. In addition, the Equipment Dealers Foundation (EDF), the charitable organization of EDA, announced the recipients of 15 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The Dealer's Choice Awards were presented to the highest- rated manufacturer in each of EDA's four manufacturer membership categories as determined by data collected in the 2017 Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey. Recipients of the 2017 Dealer's Choice Awards are as follows: Full-line Manufacturer: John Deere Tractor Manufacturer: LS Tractor Shortline Manufacturer: Bourgault Outdoor Power Equipment Manufacturer: Scag This is the third consecutive Dealer's Choice Award for both John Deere and LS Tractor in their respective categories. Scag has received the Dealer's Choice Award twice, and Bourgault is a first-time recipient. EDA ALSO RECOGNIZED MANUFACTURERS that received exceptional overall ratings with the Gold Level Award. The 2017 Gold Level Award recipients are as follows: Full-line Manufacturer: Kubota Tractor Manufacturer: Branson Tractor Shortline Manufacturers: Bush Hog, Claas, Degelman, Great Plains, H&S Manufacturing, Highline Manufacturing, Krone NA, Kuhn NA, Landoll, Land Pride, MacDon, Meyer Manufacturing, Rhino, Unverferth, Vermeer, Woods Outdoor Power Equipment Manufacturers: Echo, Exmark, Ferris, Grasshopper, Gravely, Hustler, Shindaiwa, Stihl, Toro, Walker, Wright Manufacturing This year, 29 manufacturers received Gold Level Awards versus 27 in 2016, and this is the first year that EDA had a Gold Level Award recipient in the Full-line category. Rhino, one of the Gold Level Award recipients, is also the Most Improved this year, achieving the greatest percentage increase in overall ratings from 2016 among all manufacturers. THE EDF SELECTED 15 INDIVIDUALS to receive a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The objective of EDF's scholarship program is to support the education, training and advancement of current and potential employees in the equipment industry. Scholarship funds were awarded to qualified students/ trainees who were sponsored and recommended by equipment dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. Scholarships are available in each of EDA's nine regions. This year, EDA received applications from seven of those nine regions and will disburse a total of $30,000, which includes matching funds from sponsoring dealerships. "We are thrilled to have awarded scholarships to 15 very deserving candidates this year," said Tom Nobbe, chairman of the EDF board. "Our hope is to inspire these students to continue their training and education, so they can positively impact the dealerships they work for and the industry as a whole. Workforce development has never been more important for the equipment industry, and EDF strives to do its part to help." The EDF scholarship aims to facilitate the retention of long-term employees for dealerships by assisting with their education, training and advancement. Students can use their funds for a variety of programs from individual classes to post-graduate degrees. Scholarships were awarded for a wide range of educational opportunities, including technical training and four-year degrees. The following 15 individuals received scholarships: Shane Clark, Western Tractor Company (Lethbridge, Alberta) Jacob Groothuis, Homestead Lawn & Tractor (Cleveland, Tenn.) Brett Guenther, Yorkton New Holland (Yorkton, Saskatchewan) Ryan Gushi, Hoxie Implement Co. (Hoxie, Kan.) Tyler Hacket, Midwest Machinery Co. (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) EDA announces Dealer's Choice Award, scholarship winners EDA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT/CEO The Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) board of directors appointed Kim Rominger as its new president/ CEO, effective July 5. He is replacing Rick Lawhun, who decided to pursue his lifelong goal of retiring on his 60th birthday. Rominger possesses 34 years of experience in equipment dealer association management, including the past 17 years as the CEO of regional equipment dealer associations. He has extensive experience with d e a l e r - m a n u f a c t u r e r relations, having served on the EDA Industry Relations Task Force since 2012. Rominger comes to EDA from the United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA), where he has served and will continue to serve as its executive vice president/CEO. Rominger earned a B.S. degree in marketing from Indiana State University and an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. He currently resides in Avon, Ind., with his wife, Monica. Kim Rominger Continued on page 18

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