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AHAM Names Whirlpool, GE, Lasko Execs Top Appliance Leaders

Seven white-goods execs were honored for their industry leadership at last week’s annual member meeting of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

Copping top honors with a Home Appliance Industry Leadership award (HAIL) was Whirlpool’s Randy Cooper. The director of global design for safety and regulatory was cited by AHAM as “a driving force” behind many of the trade group’s safety, performance and energy-efficiency standards activities.

AHAM also presented its 2016 Gordon Stauffer Liston Durden Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing significant contributions by virtue of longevity and quality of service to AHAM and the home appliance industry. Recipients included Kyran Hoff, technology manager, dishwashers, GE Appliances; Nathan Mouw, director, North American regulatory affairs, Whirlpool; and Scott Mohler, compliance manager, Lasko Products.

Hoff has been involved in many AHAM dishwasher initiatives for the past 15 years, and has been an active member of AHAM’s DW-1 Dishwasher Performance Test Method Standard Task Force, having recently served as chair.

Mouw is an important contributor to the Major Appliance Division Government Relations Council, AHAM said, and has been an asset to the association and its members in understanding and communicating the impact of regulatory proposals on product performance and integrity.

Mohler has been a leader within the Portable Appliance Engineering Council, serving as chair from 2012-2014. He was instrumental in the development of AHAM’s Portable and Floor Care Sustainability Standards, the group said, and has been “a steadfast advocate” for enhancing product safety for portable appliances.

The awards were renamed in honor of two past AHAM chairmen, former Fedders owner and AGA Marvel exec Gordon Stauffer (1938-2013) and longtime Viking senior marketing VP Liston Durden (1946-2011).

The AHAM Emerging Leader Award, presented to members who made important contributions to the industry through volunteer service, was presented to Dan Felton, Philips Electronics North America; John Todd, GE Appliances; and Paul Newsom, GE Appliances.

AHAM also awarded its non-member Chairman’s Partnership Award to Everett Shorey, president of Shorey Consulting.

The annual meeting, dubbed “Digital Destinations,” was held April 22-23 in Naples, Fla. Next year’s gathering will take place at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center April 30-May 1.