The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) named Richard E. “Rick” Lawhun, president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2014. Prior to joining NAEDA, he served as president and CEO of the American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association (ACPPA) in Fairfax, VA.

Prior to joining ACPPA, Lawhun was vice president of member benefits for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors in Falls Church, VA. He also served in a variety of staff leadership roles at the American Society of Civil Engineers, including manager of technical activities, senior manager of membership development and director of the Construction Institute. Early in his career, Lawhun managed an engineering department at Dewberry & Davis, an ENR Top 50 design firm.

“We are extremely pleased to have Rick as our new president,” noted NAEDA chair Tom Nobbe, CEO of Wm. Nobbe & Co., Inc., Waterloo, IL. “He has a unique set of skills and experience that will serve NAEDA well as we seek to reorganize our governance structure and increase the effectiveness of the organization.”

 “This is a challenging opportunity to be part of an organization that is seeking to increase its visibility and better serve its members. I am honored to have been selected and look forward to working with the members, board of directors and staff in leading NAEDA into a promising future,” stated Lawhun.

Lawhun is an alumnus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He and his wife, Ping will be relocating to St. Louis from their current home in Fairfax, VA.