Four members of the EAJ Department of Product Safety and Leadership – Michael Pankonin, John Wagner, William “Bernie” Bernhard and Nathan Burton – have announced their intention to retire at the end of the year.
AEM is committed to its safety and product leadership function, and association leadership will work with department members and stakeholders to manage the transition to ensure that AEM continues to deliver and deliver. ” provide important services to which its members are accustomed.
“Mike, John, Bernie and Nate have spent their entire careers in off-road equipment, and each have made a unique and lasting contribution to improving the industry,” said AEM Senior Vice President of Ag Services Curt Blades, which oversees the S&PL department and its activities. “Our members have all benefited from their service to the mission of the Safety & Product Leadership team, and we thank them for their leadership. “
“Do it once, do it right, do it globally” is the motto of the department. Its staff are responsible for working with various industry and product groups to resolve safety and compliance issues, as well as relevant topical issues that are important to both association members and manufacturers. equipment. In addition, the ministry has developed a number of end user resources that MEA members distribute to their customers in order to advocate for the safe and proper use of the equipment.
Pankonin joined AEM in 2007 as deputy director of the Security and Technical group of AEM, before being promoted to senior director of the group in 2009. In addition to overseeing AEM’s alliances with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Pankonin led the work on engine emissions and California Air Resources Board (CARB) Activities. He also hired a number of AEM product groups, including forestry, earthmoving and mining, as well as OECD United States Coordinating Committee for tractor test codes and Safety and Product Board. He currently heads the Safety & Product Leadership department of AEM and manages many ad hoc activities on behalf of the association.
Wagner joined AEM in 2012, after years spent working in the agriculture and construction industries. During his tenure, he developed the Chemicals Management and Market Access program, and helped train the AEM Sustainability Council among many other committees he has chaired in recent years. Recently, Wagner led the AEM / EPA SNAP application process certifying 1234YF as an alternative refrigerant for AEM member industries and was part of an internal working group focused on 3: 1 PIP regulatory work. Prior to joining AEM, Wagner worked for International Harvester, JI Case and CNH Industrial, where he held positions of increasing responsibility including test engineering, training and brand communications.
Guillaume “Bernie” Bernhard
Bernhard joined AEM in 2013 as Head of Technical and Security Services, giving him the opportunity to work with industry manufacturers on security-focused regulations, addressing their customers’ needs and technical issues. Bernhard endowed the Construction Equipment Standards and Regulations Committee, the crane technical committees and the Council of underground equipment manufacturers. Bernhard gained extensive industry experience learning off-road retail by joining Case Power & Equipment retail stores after college. He then worked at CNH Industrial before managing a Birkey’s dealership before his tenure at AEM.
Burton joined AEM in 2013 after 10 years as an engaged member firm representative with the association. As one of three heads of AEM’s technical and security services, Burton was tasked with facilitating product groups focused on forestry, aggregate / asphalt, concrete and other types of construction industry products. Burton was also the Chief of Staff for the highly successful Product Safety and Compliance / Product Liability Seminars and oversaw the growth of the seminar to over 300 participants in 2019.
“Each of these individuals has strived to provide AEM members with quality service, expertise and support, and at AEM we wish them nothing but the best in their retirement,” said Blades.
For more information on AEM’s Safety and Product Leadership Department, contact AEM’s Curt Blades Department at [email protected].
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