The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently announced the selection of Torey Carter-Conneen as its new chief executive officer (CEO).
“On behalf of the executive committee of the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are thrilled to have Torey join us,” says ASLA president Wendy Miller, FASLA. “Torey brings to ASLA a wealth of experience in organizational management and strategic planning, a fresh outlook, tremendous energy and a lifetime of committed advocacy for a more just society. From the climate crisis to racial injustice, to diversity and inclusion – Torey has the strategic vision necessary to tackle the tough issues facing the Society, the profession and the entire design industry. Torey is, without a doubt, the creative, innovative, committed leader we need at this moment to move the Society and the profession forward.”
ASLA says Carter-Conneen has nearly 25 years of experience and expertise in strategic organizational development, tactical implementation, financial stewardship and administrative leadership.
The group says he has a proven track record as an innovator and thought leader in the association world, with an aptitude for pioneering strategies to shape organizational priorities, ensure financial stability and invigorate member recruitment and retention programs.
“At this very important moment in our country and our world, it is essential that we work together to solve our biggest problems – bridging deep, tribal divisions, creating new opportunities and rebuilding a sense of community at a time of fear and isolation,” says Carter-Conneen. “It is going to take innovative and thoughtful solutions to tightly weave the fabric of our society back together. ASLA is an organization with a rich history and significant role to play leading this work, both in the design world and beyond it. I’m honored, humbled and incredibly excited to help the Society and the landscape architecture profession forge a new path forward to effectively address the growing challenges of the climate crisis, the urgent need for racial and social justice, and the stark realities and disruption of social norms caused by a global pandemic. I want to thank the executive committee for welcoming me so warmly to the ASLA family and I look forward to contributing my expertise and experience to this esteemed and vibrant organization.”
Torey will assume his duties as CEO on Monday, August 31.
Takeuchi announces Dealers of the Year
Takeuchi-US recently awarded Cowin Equipment as the 2019 Southeast Dealer of the Year. Takeuchi’s southeast business region manager Steve DePriest presented Cowin Equipment with the award.
The company says Cowin Equipment was awarded after considering its commitment and excellence in a number of areas including sales performance, parts support, product support and training. The company is a full-service sales, rentals and service dealer with locations in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
“We are honored to award Cowin Equipment as the Southeast Dealer of the Year,” says DePriest. “Their team has worked very hard to receive this recognition. They are a top-performing dealer who has really done a great job with the Takeuchi brand. Cowin Equipment always treats the customer as its number one priority, and it is why the company is so successful.”
“We are excited to be named the Southeast Dealer of the Year by Takeuchi,” says Jamie Cowin, president of Cowin Equipment. “We have a great partnership with Takeuchi, and this really reflects the hard work of all of our employees at Cowin Equipment. We have a great team here, and they are very knowledgeable on Takeuchi products. Takeuchi has been a wonderful product line for us over the years and we look forward to our continued partnership.”
Takeuchi also awarded Diamond Equipment as the 2019 Dealer of the Year for the Midwest Region. Takeuchi’s Midwest region business manager Paul Wade presented the award to members of Diamond Equipment at their Evansville, Indiana, location.
The company says Diamond Equipment was awarded after considering their commitment and excellence in a number of areas including sales performance, parts support, product support and training. The full-service dealer has five locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee.
“We are pleased to award Diamond Equipment as the Midwest Dealer of the Year,” says Wade. “They work hard and are very deserving of this recognition. They continuously are one of our top-performing dealers and do a great job of taking care of Takeuchi customers.”
“We are honored to be named Takeuchi’s Midwest Dealer of the Year,” says Dave Clement, owner and president of Diamond Equipment. “Our team always puts our customers first, and this award shows we are doing it right. We have a very knowledgeable staff that is ready and able to assist Takeuchi customers with their needs.”
Morbark announces leadership change
Morbark, recently announced the appointment of Bradley (Brad) Boehler as the successor to current vice president of Alamo Group’s Forestry and Tree Care Business Unit and president of Morbark Holdings, Dave Herr, effective August 24.
The company says Herr joined Morbark initially as a board director and then as its CEO in October 2016. He successfully led the company through a period of intense growth, operational improvement, acquisition and integration of complementary businesses, including Rayco Manufacturing, LLC, and Denis Cimaf, Inc., and finally, the transfer of ownership to Alamo Group in 2019.
“Dave will surely be missed, but we wish him continued success in the future and thank him for his many contributions to Morbark’s success and to Alamo Group,” says Jeff Leonard, executive vice president, Alamo Group, Industrial Division.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead Morbark and be able to work with so many talented and dedicated individuals during my time here,” says Herr. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during this time and extremely optimistic about the future. Brad is an exceptional and proven leader, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition and the business unit’s continued success under his guidance.”
Before joining Alamo Group, the company says Boehler was president of the Skyjack Group, a major Canadian manufacturer of aerial lift equipment, including scissor lifts and telehandlers.
During his sixteen years at Skyjack, Morbark says he led the company through a period of very high growth and performance improvement. Before joining Skyjack, he worked for seven years at Tigercat International Inc., in various engineering and technical positions. Tigercat is a privately owned Canadian manufacturer of high-quality forestry equipment and specialized off-road industrial machinery.
He is a veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, having served as an engineering officer in the construction engineering section. He holds a bachelor of engineering science in civil engineering granted by the University of Western Ontario, and he has completed the executive development program at the Ivey Business School.
Boehler, who hails from Alberta Canada, and his wife Melinda, will be relocating to Central Michigan in the coming months.
ASV expands dealer network in second quarter of 2020
ASV Holdings Inc. recently added new dealers to its dealer network in Q2 of 2020 — three locations each for new dealers CLM Equipment Co. Inc. and TraxPlus LLC, as well as the addition of Nick’s Skid & Steer and a location for Quality Forklift Sales & Service Inc.
The company says the new dealers represent a significant addition to ASV’s quickly growing dealer network as the company expands across the U.S. and Canada.
ASV says the new dealers will offer ASV’s full line of Posi-Track compact track loaders, featuring best-in-class rated operating capacity, cooling systems and hydraulic efficiency. The company says the line includes the RT-40, RT-25 and the recently introduced RT-50; the mid-sized RT-65, RT-75 and VT-70 high output; and the RT-120 forestry. The dealers will also offer ASV’s full line of skid-steer loaders.
“A widespread presence of reliable dealer partners is important to us at ASV because we know how our customers appreciate being able to count on their local dealer,” says Jeff Pate, ASV director of sales. “We’re excited to welcome these new partners. They truly share ASV’s values of integrity, quality and customer service — which we consider critical for maintaining customer satisfaction.”
ALLU Group Inc. announces new dealer for Wisconsin
ALLU Group Inc. announced Mid-State Equipment, headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin, as its newest dealer for the full line of ALLU Transformer and ALLU Crusher material processing attachments.
The company says it has seven locations in Wisconsin, and provides sales and rental of ALLU’s unique attachments, as well as complete aftermarket service and spare parts, for customers throughout the state.
The company says the partnership with Mid-State Equipment as its Wisconsin distributor reinforces ALLU’s commitment to providing the greatest level of customer focus in the industry — combining local expertise and support with the benefits of ALLU’s influence and prominence as a global company.
Mid-State Equipment was established in 1974 in Columbus, Wisconsin, by Curt and Linda Hanson. Beginning with just one location and three full-time employees, the company says today it has grown to encompass seven locations, employing more than 180 personnel.
Second-generation owners Bryan and Erin Hanson and Chris and Scott Frodel continue to grow the business while keeping true to the values of being a family-owned business.
“We are pleased to have Mid-State Equipment onboard with us as the newest member of our North American dealer network,” says Edison Rocha, ALLU Group Inc. vice president marketing. “Mid-State’s reputation for providing exceptional customer service is fully aligned with ALLU’s way of doing business, and they believe in the tremendous value ALLU’s products can bring to their customers.”
“We are excited to partner with ALLU, to add their unique and versatile products to our industry-leading lineup of products offered here at Mid-State,” says Mid-State owner Bryan Hanson. “We feel ALLU’s product offerings will be beneficial to our agricultural, landscape and light industrial customers, helping them to be more productive, efficient and, in the end, more profitable. It wasn’t just ALLU’s unique products that drew us to them, it was their commitment to aftermarket support that sealed the deal!”