Naples, Fla. - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) honored its top volunteer leaders, and elected new officers and directors, at the trade group's annual member meeting, held here earlier this week at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.
This year's meeting, themed "Strategies for the Future," focused on ways manufacturers, suppliers and retailers can work together on issues such as energy efficiency, sustainability and how these sectors will shape the homes of the future by utilizing smarter, more energy efficient appliances.
The Home Appliance Industry Leadership award (HAIL), AHAM's top honor, was presented to Kevin Mazzella, chief engineer at GE Appliances & Lighting, and Dave Aupperlee, senior manager, product safety and regulatory affairs, at Bissell. The award recognizes individuals that embody industry leadership, have made innovative use of AHAM resources to benefit the industry, and have volunteered significant time and effort to an AHAM project, the trade group said.
Mazzella is a 20-year GE employee and received the award for leading the development of the industry's first sustainability standard for refrigeration products, a groundbreaking effort two years in the making. Aupperlee joined Bissell in 2008 and was honored for his leadership as a chairman of the Floor Care-Portable Appliance Sustainability Task Force, where the entire industry has benefited from his knowledge of regulatory issues and environmental science and his willingness to serve as a mentor to his colleagues, AHAM said.
AHAM's Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes significant contributions by virtue of longevity and quality of service to AHAM and the home appliance industry, was presented to members of the Refrigeration and Portable Floor Care Sustainability Task Force for their hard work in developing sustainability standards for refrigeration products and portable and floor care products. It was only the second time in AHAM history that the Distinguished Service Award has been given to an entire task force.
Additionally, AHAM presented its Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes and encourages service and volunteer leadership among AHAM members, to Scott Mohler, engineering technician with Lasko Products, and Brice Bowley, platform leader, air products for GE Lighting & Appliances.
AHAM also elected new officers, board members and division leaders at this week's annual meeting. Newly elected officers serving two-year terms expiring in 2014 are board chair Robert Scaglione, chief marketing officer, Sharp Electronics; first vice chair Paul Sikir, design engineering VP, Sub-Zero; and second vice chair and treasurer Jennifer Mintman, general manager, consumer home services, GE Appliances.
New directors elected by regular members include Jim Bowman, senior principal engineer, Honeywell International; Manuel Cortez, operations and IT senior VP, Groupe SEB USA; Jennifer Mintman, general manager - consumer home services, GE Appliances; Deborah Mudway, marketing USA VP, home environment and digital, Kaz; and D. Jeffrey Noel, corporate VP, communications and public affairs, Whirlpool.
Re-elected members of the board of directors are Franz J. Bosshard, president/CEO Emeritus, Bosch Home Appliances; Jerry Ryder, chairman, InSinkErator business unit, Emerson Electric; and Sharp's Scaglione.
Members of the AHAM board of directors continuing to serve include David Becker, Strategy VP, Viking Range; immediate past chair Mark J. Bissell, chairman/CEO, Bissell Inc.; Drew Fiorenza, VP/general manager, N.A. appliances and global VP, personal care consumables, Spectrum Brands; Donald Hoeschen, sales VP, National Presto Industries; Paul Sikir, design engineering VP, Sub-Zero; John Taylor, government relations and communications VP, LG Electronics USA; Thomas Vining, engineering VP, Electrolux Home Products N.A.; and JosephMcGuire, AHAM president.
The AHAM board also approved division leaders for two-year terms ending in 2014. In the major appliance division, Dochul Choi, R&D senior VP, Samsung Electronics, will serve as board chair and George Hawranko, senior associate general counsel, Electrolux Home Products N.A., will serve as vice chair.
Former AHAM board chairs who continue to participate in AHAM board meetings are: Earl Jones, senior counsel, government relations and regulatory compliance, GE Appliances & Lighting; Edward McAssey, III, COO, Lasko Products; and Gordon Stauffer, government relations senior VP, AGA Marvel.
AHAM will hold its 2013 annual member meeting April 28-29 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington D.C.