“Committed to building the best business environment for North American equipment dealers.”

Outdoor Power Equipment (OPE) dealers enjoy all of the benefits of membership in a NAEDA-affiliated association, plus OPE members are represented by the OPE Dealer Council, an official council of NAEDA. The council works on behalf of OPE dealers to improve manufacturer relations, government relations, legislative outcomes, and regulatory concerns at the federal level.

The OPE Dealer Council is made up of dealers who advise NAEDA and its board on issues related to the outdoor power equipment industry. The council is also a sponsor of dealer educational seminars at the annual GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky.

The top three priorities of the OPE Dealer Council are to:

  1. Establish a NAEDA OPE Industry Relations Task Force that will regularly meet with manufacturers on OPE dealer issues.
  2. Explore the development of an integrated Internet and social media network strategy that includes content recommendations that OPE dealers can effectively use for advertising and promotion of a dealer's products and services. This priority also includes working with manufacturers to address the creation of electronic marketing strategies and co-op advertising payments.
  3. Address Internet advertising policies of manufacturers that allow unfair competition.

NAEDA OPE Dealer Council Mission & Vision Statement
In February 2014, NAEDA OPE Dealers Council met and proposed a new Mission & Vision Statement with goals and objectives for presentation to the NAEDA Board of Directors.  See attached Mission & Vision Statement

In March 2014, NAEDA formally responded to the OPE Dealer Council Mission & Vision Statement addressing the issues.  See attached NAEDA Response.


Scott Muehlhauser

OPE Dealer Council Chairman
Scott Muehlhauser

Muehlhauser manages Scott’s Power Equipment, Inc., catering primarily to the commercial and municipal landscape industry. He has been in the OPE industry for over 30 years. Since starting his own business 11 years ago, he has expanded it to four locations, three in Missouri and one in Illinois.


Scott Muehlhauser
Scott's Power Equipment, Inc.
10602 Trenton Ave
St. Louis, MO  63132
Business: 314/429-3600
Fax: 314/429-3602
Email: scott@scottspower.com

Vice Chairman
Mark Saulter
Saulco Enterprises
1954 Manitoba Street
Bracebridge, Ontario P1L 1X4
Business: 705/646-1053
Fax: 705/646-8750
Email: mark@saulco.com


Council Members:

Josh Ahearn
Ahearn Equipment Inc
450 Main St
Spencer, MA  01562-1906
Business: 508/885-7085
Fax: 508/885-7261
Email: joshahearn@ahearnequipment.com
Dale Magie
Moe's Outdoor Equipment & Supplies
7267 Yankee Rd.
Liberty Twp., OH 45044
Business: 513/755-4655
Fax: 513/777-3565
Email: Dale.Magie@BuyatMoes.com
Ralph Gaiss
Northeast Equipment Dealers Association
128 Metropolitan Park Dr
Liverpool, NY 13088
Business: 315/457-0314
Fax: 315/451-3548
Email: rgaiss@ne-equip.com
Patty Williams
Mark Williams Outdoor Equipment
10636 Highway 127
Murphysboro, IL 62966-6609
Business: 618/684-2328
Fax: 618/684-8380
Email: sales@markwilliamsoutdoor.com


Staff Contact:


Joe Dykes
1195 Smizer Mill Road
Fenton, MO  63026-3480
Business: 636/349-6205
Fax: 636/349-5443
Email: dykesj@naeda.com  

OPE Service Technician Skills/Knowledge Test
NAEDA offers the OPE Service Technician Skills/Knowledge Test to members under a licensing agreement with Ohio State University. This test can help OPE dealers identify qualified individuals who have applied for jobs as service technicians. It is available to association members free of charge. To request it, send an e-mail stating your request to naeda@naeda.com.

The OPE Dealer Council oversees the respected Power Pro OPE dealer accreditation program. Power Pro is an accreditation program for dealers who sell and service outdoor power equipment. Under the program, dealers who adhere to a universal set of performance standards earn accreditation and use the designation to promote their dealership and build consumer confidence and loyalty.

This program and its standards are designed to identify a full-service dealer who has made a significant investment in facilities, wholegoods, parts, employees, training, tools, business systems, and advertising. The standards in this self-evaluation are used to affirm to consumers that a dealership meets and operates under measurable standards of recognized performance. The program includes guidelines and a self-evaluation form that participating dealers can use to score their dealerships so that they can gauge whether they qualify as a Power Pro dealer.

Download the Power Pro Evaluation form.

Visit http://www.powerprodealer.com/ 

For more information, contact:

Joe Dykes, Director, Member Services

Phone: 636/349-6205