AHAM Names Board, Salutes Industry Leaders

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Washington, D.C. - The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) announced its newly elected board of directors and honored five industry figures at the trade group's annual member meeting here this past weekend at The Ritz-Carlton.

Joining the board are Viking Range's strategy VP David Becker and Remington Products' sales, marketing and new business development VP Drew Fiorenza, with terms expiring in 2014.

Re-elected members of the board with terms expiring in 2014 are board chair Mark Bissell, chairman/CEO, Bissell; Tom Vining, engineering VP, Electrolux Home Products; and John R. Arganbright, sales and marketing VP, Panasonic Home Appliances.

Continuing directors include Franz Bosshard, CEO emeritus, BSH Home Appliances; second vice chair Thomas Catania, government relations VP, Whirlpool; Donald Hoeschen, VP sales, National Presto Industries;  Earl Jones, senior counsel, regulatory compliance, GE Appliances & Lighting; Edward McAssey, III, COO, Lasko Products; Alvise Ricoveri, managing director, DeLonghi America;  Jerry Ryder, chairman, InSinkErator division, Emerson Appliance Solutions;  first vice chair Bob Scaglione, chief marketing officer, Sharp Electronics; treasurer Paul Sikir, design engineering VP, Sub-Zero;  John Taylor, government relations and communications VP, LG Electronics USA; supplier division chair David Yundt, VP/director, stainless products, Main Steel Polishing Co.; and AHAM president Joseph McGuire.

Separately, AHAM honored Whirlpool's Vincent Anderson, AHAM's Kevin Messner, Sub-Zero's Steven Nackers, GE's Kelley Kline, and Lasko's Brad Brush for their contributions to and leadership in the home appliance industry and its trade association.

 Anderson, technical leader of government programs at Whirlpool, received the Home Appliance Industry Leadership (HAIL) Award, the industry's top honor, for his significant volunteer efforts over the past decade, particularly for technical support on issues such as the multi-product consensus energy standards agreement, AHAM's refrigerator/freezer test standards and the development of AHAM verification programs, the group said. 

Messner, AHAM's government relations VP, received the Michael C. Thompson Public Policy Award for demonstrating extraordinary effort and accomplishment in the area of public policy.  Messner has led the industry's public policy efforts for the past three years and is instrumental in AHAM's successful advocacy of public policy positions for the home appliance industry, the group said.           

The AHAM Distinguished Service Award went to Sub-Zero's Nackers in recognition of his significant contributions by virtue of longevity and quality of service to AHAM and the home appliance industry. The design engineer has been very involved in AHAM's Smart Grid Task Force, and is is the lead author of AHAM's evaluation of communication protocols for smart grid technology, titled "Assessment of Communication Standards for Smart Appliances."

AHAM also awarded GE's Kline and Lasko's Brush with Emerging Leader Awards.  The honor, which was added in 2009, recognizes achievement and encourages continued service and industry leadership in AHAM activities.

The meeting, themed "Working For You in Washington," ran May 1-2, 2011 in Washington, DC. The 2012 AHAM annual member meeting will take place on April 22 and 23, 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida.


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