Nominations now open for 2011 AEM Hall of Fame – Recognizing equipment industry innovators and leaders

Nominations are now open for 2011 inductees into the off-road equipment industry Hall of Fame program of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The AEM Hall of Fame seeks to create a wider public understanding and appreciation of the industry’s role in global prosperity and improved quality of life, not only in the past but for the future. Nominations may only be submitted online at the Hall of Fame website. Deadline for submissions is July 18, 2011. Full details are online at

Nominees should be from the manufacturing, distribution, rental or end-user sectors of the off-road equipment industry. Any person, living or deceased, who has made noteworthy and specific contributions that have helped improve the industry is eligible. Candidates will be evaluated on five criteria that are critical to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability.

The Hall of Fame was created in 1993 to honor the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry. The Hall of Fame is AEM’s way to recognize, celebrate and preserve the history of these outstanding industry leaders. As in past years, in 2011 nominees will be evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts. Since its inception, more than 35 industry leaders have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“We continue to face the challenges of a shrinking workforce, insufficient funding for an overburdened infrastructure and a changing global marketplace. We hope the innovation and creativity exemplified by Hall of Fame members will inspire the next generation to continue our industry’s legacy of productivity, sustainability and growth,” stated AEM President Dennis Slater.

For more information and questions, contact AEM’s Rich Jefferson (, telephone 414-274-0655).   ###

AEM also advances the off-road equipment industry through its “I Make America” national grassroots campaign, which promotes U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and passage of export agreements. (Sign up to support the campaign at

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