ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Assn. (OPEAA) announced its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors during its recent 31st annual meeting.

OPEAA officers for 2017 are:

President: Scott Harris, Blount International

Vice President: Sue Chaney, K-C Sales Co.

Secretary/Treasurer: Britton Harold, Husqvarna

Members of the OPEAA board of directors are: John Bauersfeld, Stens Corp.; Alyssa Dennis, NGK Spark Plugs; Donny Desjarlais, RBI Corp.; Kurt Hayes, MTD Products (Arnold); Chris Roessler, Rotary Corp.; and Walter Rieck, Prime Line.

According to second-term OPEAA President Scott Harris, “This year’s annual meeting highlighted many changes the outdoor power equipment industry is experiencing. Market demands are shifting to include products powered by lithium ion batteries and more efficient gasoline engines. Consumer decision making is vastly different from just a decade ago. Taking advantage of the digital tools available today allows our industry professionals to yield a better understanding of customer expectations and trends. OPEAA is entering this new fiscal year stronger than ever. I look forward to another productive year as the association president — serving our industry and the OPEAA member companies.”

The Outdoor Power Equipment Aftermarket Assn., established in 1986, promotes the quality of replacement parts as an equivalent and economical means for the maintenance and repair of power equipment. The Association promotes a better understanding among power equipment dealers and retailers of the capabilities of aftermarket manufacturers, distributors, and importers in providing products and services necessary to meet the needs of its customers.

For more information about OPEAA, contact Jean Hawes ( or Suzanne Shomers (, call 703-549-7600, or visit