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
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
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.