Terex and United Rentals CEOs to Deliver 2013 IPAF Summit Keynote

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Ron DeFeo, chairman and CEO of Terex Corp., and Michael Kneeland, president and CEO of United Rentals, will give the keynote address at the IPAF Summit, to be held March 26, 2013, in Miami, Fla. The IPAF Summit that evening will be followed by the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs), which will be held for the first time in the United States.

DeFeo’s keynote address will examine the responsibilities manufacturers and the industry have in providing support and backup to aerial work platform equipment throughout the lifecycle of the machines. His presentation coincides with a rising focus on the residual values of machinery, seen against the increasing age of fleets in the U.S. and Europe.

DeFeo has more than 20 years of management and operating experience within Terex. Among other appointments, he also served as a director of United Rentals until June 2005. He has been named to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame and has served as chairman of the AEM.

“We are also delighted to welcome back Michael Kneeland to the IPAF Summit,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “Michael first addressed the IPAF Summit 2009 in Dublin, giving valuable strategies for rental companies then fighting the crisis. The consolidation and current changes at United Rentals and RSC will provide a rich area for discussion.”

The IPAF Summit addresses challenging pre-conceptions and provides delegates with valuable take-home messages that contribute to a professional and safe powered access industry. The full program and speaker line-up will be announced later this year. The Summit is held in English, with simultaneous translation in Spanish and Portuguese. Attendance is free and delegates should register in advance.

The IAPAs, jointly organized by Access International and IPAF, celebrate and reward excellence, innovation and best practice in the powered access industry. Award categories range from products and projects, to rental companies and after-sales service. Winners and finalists are chosen by a top-level, independent judging panel.

The 2014 IPAF Summit and IAPAs will be held in the United Kingdom.