Associated Equipment Distributors is pleased to announce the appointment of its new president and CEO, Brian P. McGuire. He will assume his duties with AED on January 6, 2014, and will be based at AED's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. He was most recently the president of the Tooling and Manufacturing Association, headquartered in Park Ridge, Ill.
McGuire, 43, has a broad professional background in trade associations with an impressive record in public policy advocacy, membership growth, as well as training and educational services for industry.
"We are about to enter a new chapter of AED with renewed energy," said AED 2013 Chairman Mike Quirk, who is vice president of Operations at Wagner Equipment Co., the Caterpillar dealer based in the Denver, Colo., metropolitan area. "Brian is an association professional whose experience and talents are a wonderful match with the member needs of AED – we're truly excited to welcome him aboard, and we're looking forward to moving in an innovative, service-oriented direction under his leadership."
An alum of Southern Illinois University, McGuire is the former senior regional manager of Illinois and Wisconsin for the National Association of Manufacturers, which is based in Washington, D.C. He has also worked for a combined eight years for Illinois' State Senator Steve Rauschenberger, as both a political consultant and chief of state.
Focused on civic duty, McGuire is the top elected officer of his community, serving as Hanover Township Town Supervisor for 99,000 residents and responsible for a treasury of $12 million. He's also a 20-year veteran volunteer firefighter who retired as captain in 2008.
McGuire is only the third AED president/CEO in the last six decades. He will be introduced to the entire AED membership at the 2014 Summit & CONDEX January 15-17 in Houston.