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Who we are

The purpose of the The Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA) is to promote, advance, and improve the Equipment Managers Profession in all of its many phases. One goal is to work as a group to bring about equipment improvements for the greater safety of all participants in sports and recreation. Members of the AEMA enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow equipment managers at convention, share ideas, and learn more efficient techniques to help improve their work place.

* The very first documented original meeting was June 1973, in a meeting held at Atlanta, Georgia, in cooperation with the Kendall Sports Division, it was decided that an association should be formed for equipment managers throughout the United States and Canada. To “start the ball rolling” a committee was formed. This Committee named the organization The National Equipment Men’s Association.

* The Chairman of the committee to form the AEMA was Charles “Skip” Vosler. Of Ohio University where he was both Athletic Trainer and Director of Equipment Skip’s committee consisting of members Bill Jarvis of Ashland College; John Bozick of Ohio State University; Harry Yalacki of University of Washington; Robert Kluseman of UCLA; Tom Burton of Clemson University and Stubby Eason of the Minnesota Vikings. Bill Jarvis is the only current AEMA member from this committee he is now a retired member from Northwestern University.

* Membership started with 25 members. Out of the 25 original members we still have 1 person who is still an active member today. Bob Knickerbocker

* Harry Yalocki was named the first Executive Director, his term was from 1974-1975

* Tom Burton was named the first President from 1974-1976. We all think of Glenn Sharp as the first President. Well he certainly was the very first Elected President. Tom was named the President by the Executive Director to a two-year team.

* Helen Sharp was our first and longest standing Administrative Assistant of the AEMA. The job, which was first called “National Registration Chairman”. Helen started the office with her husband Glenn, in 1974 and continued in that job until here retirement in 1994. In 1982 the job title was changed to Administrative Aide. Helen did all of the organizing and paperwork for 15 of her 20 years in the office with out the help of a computer.

* The first National organizational meeting “Convention” was held in 1974 in Kansas City where the name Athletic Equipment Managers Association was born. The first formal Executive Board was founded at this meeting.

* The first National Membership chairman was Jon Falk he was in that position from 1974-1977 when he gave the position up to take the position of Associate Executive director.

* Membership annual fees were set at $15.00 for an active member, and $5.00 for a student member. District Dues were separate from National a $5.00 fee was also sent into the District for District dues. A member could not belong to the district without belonging to the National organization.

1975
* 1975 was the first year for the AEMA to hold a actual Convention This convention was held in Dallas Texas.

* 1975 was the first year that records of attendance were kept. There were 85 total people in attendance including members, wives, visitors and exhibitors.

* 22 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 25 Booths

* Helen Sharp with the approval and input of the board of directors wrote the by-laws and the policies and procedures.

1976

* The 1976 Convention was held St. Louis Missouri. There were 68 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 24 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 29 Booths

* Membership grew to 27 members

* Charles Vosler went from the head of the Committee to form the AEMA to being named the Executive Director. He remained in that position for one year.

* The first Newsletter was published September 1976 it was called “Behind the Cage” and was published by Cramer Products.

1977

* The 1977 Convention was held Kansas City Missouri. There were 78 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 26 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 29 Booths

* Membership grew to 38 members.

*Billy Pickard was named Executive Director. Billy remained in that position for 5 years.

* Frank Marchese was named the President for a two-year term 1977-1979

* Jon Falk was named Associate Executive Director

* Starting in 1977 the AEMA financial reports were now being audited by an outside auditor.

* This was the first year to pay registration fees prior to registration to the convention. Registration fee was $5.00

1978

* The 1978 Convention was held Kansas City Missouri. There were 69 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 30 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 33 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given out for the first time to Glenn Sharp.

* Jim Howard from East Tennessee State University designed the first logo.

* The First convention Schedule Program was printed in a 1978 by Helen Sharp and consisted of a Board meeting, a district and Welcome meetings. 3 workshops, and a banquet.

* This was the first year for membership cards for the association. These cards were made out in the National office and given to the district directors to hand out at convention.

* Cathy Dachtera was the first female member of the AEMA. She joined and was immediately voted in a district #1 director. She only remained a member for one year. The next time the AEMA would see a female member was in 1983 when both Sharon Corbett and Mabel Jones joined, both members stayed active for their entire careers, and are now retired members. The longest standing female member still active is Mary O’Leary who joined in 1984. Today the association has 94 female members.

* At the 1978 convention recreation was beginning to be added to the Convention program, the AEMA saw a tour of the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead stadium.

1979

* The 1979 Convention was held St. Louis Missouri. There were 95 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 35 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 40 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Bobby Yarborough

* Glenn Sharp was elected the President in the very 1st balloted election Glenn remained President for two 2-year terms, which was the maximum a President could run at that time.

* Bike Athletic Advisory board added 6 equipment managers seats May 23,1979. These members were Jon Phillips, Glenn Sharp, Bud Fernandez, John Daggett, Gene Sprague, and Whitey Zimmerman.

1980

* The 1980 Convention was held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. There were 91 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 33 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 38 Booths

The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to John Phillips

* NOCSAE first accepted the AEMA application for an equipment manager seat on the board July 17th 1980

* Billy Pickard resigned as Executive Director due to a change in his duties at Texas A&M. He feared he would not be in the position to donate the proper time needed to do the job.

* The board of Directors decided that we must book hotels at least 3 years in advance to have a better shot at finding hotels that will hold us.

1981

* The 1981 Convention was held in Ft. Worth Texas. There were 110 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 33 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 38 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Billy Pickard

* The price of registration to the Convention went up to $10.00

1982
* The 1982 Convention was held in Tucson Arizona. There were 106 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 30 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 35 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to John Daggett

* John Phillips was named Executive Director. John remained in that position for 4 years.

* The first golf tournament was hosted. Cost of the golf outing was $11.00

* Bill Kelly attended the first NOCSAE meeting in January.

1983
* The 1983 Convention was held in Kansas City Missouri. There were 104 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors This was the 10 Year anniversary Convention.

* 32 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 39 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Booker Kilgore. This is the first time a high school manger received this award.

* Bill Kelly was Elected President. During his time the term for the President went from 2 to 3 years per term. Bill is now retired from Vanderbilt.

* Jim Roberts held a workshop to get out a feel for Certification. His goals were to find out the
  1. The definition of Certification
  2. What is an equipment manager
  3. What the general membership wanted from certification

It was decided that Certification, for the AEMA would mean.

Education—Knowledge of our field

Verification—Competency of knowledge

Commitment—To set codes and a recognition by diploma

Security –Knowledge that we have done the best that we know how

1984

* The 1984 Convention was held in Nashville Tennessee. There were 126 people in Attendance including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 35 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 43 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Norm Perez

* It was decided that lists of members attending convention would be distributed to all exhibitors who purchased a booth space at convention.

1985

* The 1985 Convention was held St. Louis Missouri. There were 119 people in Attendance (prior to the fire) including members, visitors, and exhibitors

* 37 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 42 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Jim Roberts. This was the first year that the Equipment manager of the year was voted on by the entire membership at the General Meeting, the award had previously been selected by the board of directors.

* The Title of the newsletter would change from “Behind the Cage” to “The Scoreboard” in November of 1985 with permission from district #5 who changed their name from The Scoreboard to The Original Scoreboard.

* Russell Athletics sponsored the Scoreboard

* The hotel caught on fire in the early morning hours of June 27th the first day of Convention, with a few changes in rooms the convention went forward.

* There were two very important workshops given. One was designed to initiate a Certification Program. It was decided that the AEMA needed to write a manual and set up an exam and continuing education program. The second was to set up a Code of Ethics. That same code exists today

1986

* The 1986 Convention was held in Las Vegas Nevada. There were 162 Members were in Attendance.

* 39 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 48 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given Michael Arellano

* Security Guards were hired for the first time for the Exhibits.

* Refund checks were sent out to members who had paid for the luncheon, due to the fire in 1985 there was no luncheon.

* Dues were raised from $15.00 to $25.00

1987

* The 1987 Convention was held in Dayton Ohio. There were 119 Members were in Attendance.

* 42 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 53 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Bill Kelly

* Jon Falk a charter member of this association was named Executive Director.

* The AEMA office purchased its first computer it was a 512K mackintosh with an ImageWriter II dot matrix printer. The computer had the capacity to hold about the same amount of data as 3 or 4 pictures do today. Everything had to be done on floppy disks.

1988

* The 1988 Convention was held in Baltimore Maryland. There were 150 Members were in Attendance.

* 52 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 63 Booths

* Membership hit the 200-member mark

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Don Lacrosse

*Ken Hart was Elected President. Ken started his career in Equipment Management as a Student Equipment Manager for Glenn Sharp.

1989

* The 1988 Convention was held in Ft. Worth Texas. There were 175 Members were in Attendance.

* 56 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 72 Booths

* Membership hit 300-member mark

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Gary Boevers

* The National and District dues for the first time were combined into one payment to the National office. The cost was raised to $35.00 with $30.00 going to the national office and $5.00 going to the district.

* A national questionnaire was sent to all members concerning the financial support of Certification.

*The Association saw the birth of the resource center. The resource center contained 13 Videos.

*The golf outing could not be played because heavy rains caused the course to flood. All of the prizes for the golf outing were used as door prizes handed out at the exhibit hall.

1990

* The 1990 Convention was held Indianapolis Indiana. There were 196 members in attendance

* 66 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 83 Booths

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Jeff Boss.

* The title of Equipment Manager of the year, was changed to the Glenn Sharp Award

1991

* The 1991 Convention was held New Orleans Louisanna. There were 213 members in attendance

* 76 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 91 Booths

* Membership hit 400

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Mary O’Leary

* Certification first became a reality in 1991 with Jim Roberts the Chairperson of the Steering Committee. (CSC)

* Jim Appointed Jeff Boss as the Chairperson of the Continuing Education Committee his other committee members were in alphabetical order. Mike Davidson, Mike Hill, David Littlejohn, Mary O’Leary and Dale Strauf . Jeff’s committee consisted of 10 district CEC representatives. Three of those original District Representatives are still in office today they are Ron Wessel, Greg Payne and Alan Ansell

* The first three years of certification members were able to “Grandfather” upon meeting the requirements needed which were a member needed to be 21 years of age, have a High School diploma, and have 10 years documented experience as an equipment manager.

* The Committee would spend countless hours upon hours, and days and days at a time in meetings. Setting up guidelines and structure for all of the parts of the program such as the Manual, the eligibility requirements for taking the certification exam, they set up the entire structure of the continuing education system. Jeff Boss and his original Continuing Education Committee started by setting the standards for earning and reporting CEU’s. It has taken many years and many people to get to the standards we appreciate today. To this day at every convention the Continuing Education Committee meeting discussion is mostly on how best to maintain and improve CEU reporting and requirements.

1992

* The 1992 Convention was held in Phoenix Arizona. There were 277 members in attendance

* 73 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 92 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Dale Strauf

* The first Certification manual was printed and ready for purchase in the fall of 1992. Contributing authors to this manual were Gary Boevers, Jeff Boss, Charles Craig, Mike Davidson, Robert Jones, Dominic Morelli, Mary O’ Leary, Jim Roberts, Sally Ross, Ron Salvemini, Terry Schlatter and Dale Strauf. The original manual was owned and printed by Health Care Forum. Al Oldenburg and Wilson Sporting goods donated $10,000.00 toward the first manual.

* Jim Roberts was the first member to be Grandfathered and Certified.

* The first Certification Exam was given in 1992. Terry Schlatter, Tex Ritter and Mary O’Leary wrote all of the first test questions.

* Russell Athletics contacted the AEMA with an offer of $1500.00 for a Scholarship program to offer 3 $500 scholarships to student managers. In 1993 Sphem offered to match the offer with an additional $1500.00. We still today give out 6 scholarships to deserving managers. Dale Strauf the chairperson of this committee is currently working with another prospective donor for another $1000 worth of annual awards.

1993

* The 1993 Convention was held in St Louis Missouri. There were 324 members in attendance

* 81 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 96 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Ken Hart

* In 1993 after much discussion on the policy for

* The Core Requirements (eligibility) of the Certification Exam a survey was sent to all AEMA members. As a result of that survey, the core requirement was changed - from an educational requirement of a 4-year college degree, to include High School Degree, with 5 years paid employment as an Equipment Management. OR 4 Year College degree, and 2 years paid employment as an Equipment Management. OR

* 1,800 Hours Student Athletic Equipment Management experienced and a 4-year college degree. These requirements remain in effect today.

* The “Journal” was introduced by Jeff Boss in 1993 and was named the Monograph program. The program was to cost $75.00 per year. The program was later named the AEMA Journal and was first distributed in 1995 at no cost to the member. Adams USA helped us by picking up a large portion of the cost of the Journal. Still today, the only fee associated with the Journal is a $5.00 fee to order back issues. This fee covers postage and coping of the Journal.

* This was the first year that District Directors were asked to put in a report to the President on their activities for the year.

1994

* The 1994 Convention was held in Fort Worth Texas. There were 322 members in attendance

* 83 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 99 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Terry Schlatter

* Terry Schlatter was Elected President to two three-year terms from 1994-2000. Terry is a 26-year member who has been very active for his entire tenure serving on many committee and board positions.

* Mary O’Leary officially took over the job as Administrative Assistant, however she worked with Helen for several years prior to taking over the duties of the Office on her own.

* As a retirement gift and a thank you for years of service, the AEMA sent Glenn and Helen on a Cruise.

* The Association had its first Ethic violation-we had a member try to obtain a job as a Certified Equipment manager, when in fact he was not certified. Received a three suspension from membership.

* Steve Songy of the New York Giants formed the Internet committee for the first time.

1995

* The 1995 Convention was held in Cincinnati Ohio. There were 318 members in attendance

* 83 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 105 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Mike Hill

* The AEMA started a job placement service, where a member could send a wanted ad at the National Office.

* The first issue of the AEMA Journal was mailed. Each Journal had an exam in the back of it. With a score of 70% or better with the test in the Journal you can earn .5 CEU’s

* A ballot was sent to the membership to buy out our manual from Health Care Forum for $5000.00. The vote came back 193 in favors, 13 against the buyout.

* The Fiscal year for the AEMA changed to February 1- January 31. Membership year would remain June 1- May 31.

* The resource center started putting a price to for service, making copies of VHS tapes for the membership for a cost of $5.00 each for the US and $8.00 each for Canada. Prior to the fee you could obtain a video by sending in a blank tape.

* The Certification Exam committee asked members to write test questions. 12 questions were worth .5 CEU’s

1996

* The 1996 Convention was held in Orlando Florida. There were 354 members in attendance

* 80 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 109 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Alan Ansell

* Specifics were set for the Retired Emeritus membership status. A member needed have proof of the age of 55, and a letter of retirement sent to the National office prior to receiving free Retirement benefits.

* Steve Songe set up first Home Page on the Internet.

1997

* The 1997 Convention was held in Salt Lake City Utah. There were 383 members in attendance

* 85 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 116 Booths

* Membership hit 500

* The Equipment Manager of the year award was given to Mike Searles.

* Bar codes were first put on Badges to scan at workshops.

1998

* The 1998 Convention was held in Cincinnati Ohio. There were 318 members in attendance

* 83 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 105 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Steve Bartel

* Will Rodecap formed the Curriculum Development Committee. The purpose was to develop a Masters degree program in Equipment Management.

* In 1998 the job of office manager was made a full time position and a National search was done. Mary O’Leary was a final candidate but elected not to give up her Miami of Ohio job. Jennifer Jalet was hired. . Unfortunately Jennifer did not work out and only had the job for only 6 months and left with the office on very un-solid ground.

* George Fern Co. started doing our Exhibitor Contracts

* 25 year Jostens offered commemorative watches for sale to the AEMA for the cost of $115.00

1999

* The 1999 Convention was held in Charolette North Carolina. There were 425 members in attendance

* 117 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 147 Booths

* 1999 was the 25th Anniversary of the AEMA with the anniversary the membership took its largest jump and skipped over the 600 mark to the 700 mark.

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Dorothy Cutting

* In January of 1999 Dorothy Cutting was made Interim Office Manager. Jon Falk called the office of the President Dale Strauf looking for assistance in replacing Jennifer. Dorothy Cutting with the assistance of Dale Strauf and a co-worker Cassie Cortright. Jon Falk and Suzette Madej of Ann Arbor. And daily calls to Mary O’Leary all managed to get the AEMA back up and running smoothly.

* Suzette Madej was named interim Treasure of the AEMA. She double checks all transactions, works with Jon and the Accountant, does all bank transactions and helps with the vendor Contracts.

* First advertising for the Scoreboard “Newsletter” sold ads were for Business cards. This is still in effect today.

* Began use of a two-part Invoice. For the first time we no longer have separate forms for convention registration and dues payment.

* Member numbers for use in CEU tabulation replaced Social Security numbers.

* AEMA saw their first look at the AEMA Web site and discussion group started by Don Barnes. We had just a Home page prior to this.

* Adams USA started sponsoring the Awards Luncheon

2000

* The 2000 Convention was held in Pasadena California. There were 358 members in attendance

* 96 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 127 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Dino Dennis

* On October 1st of 2000 we lost the father of our organization. Glenn Sharp also known as Sharpy passed away. Glenn was a friend and a teacher to all Equipment managers, and I truly feel sorry for some of you who have joined after October 1, 2000 that never had the chance to meet him.

* Dale Strauf was Elected President for two, three year terms 2000-2006 He will be turning over his duties here in Buffalo at our closing board meeting. Dale is a 28-year member who has served on the board of Directors in several capacities for 23 years.

* Kelly Jones took over as CEC, CSC Chairperson.

* The new Role Delineation was written. Al Ansel set up a meeting with Castle and 12 certified members at Bisop’s University in Canada, where they spent 3 days working together to come up with the Role Delineation for a new manual.

2001

* The 2001 Convention was held in Las Vegas Nevada. There were 482 members in attendance

* 104 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 131 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Jon Falk

* Dorothy Cutting took over full time position of Office Manager and Suzette Madej took over full time position of Treasurer. National Office is now located at 460 Hunt Hill Rd, Freeville, NY

* National Office took over all tabulations of CEU’s

* Resource Center moved to the National Office

* Introduction of the Booker Kilgore Award

* Price of Videos for the resource center went to $15.00 periodicals $5.00

* Exhibitors were given option of purchasing mailing labels of AEMA members for $2.00 per sheet.

* The Association saw its second Ethics violation was for a District Director who used the entire districts account for personal use. The penalty was he was permanently removed from Membership of the AEMA

* Dues were raised from $60.00 to $75.00 with $10.00 going to the district.

2002

* The 2002 Convention was held in New Orleans Louisanna. There were 441 members in attendance

* 91 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 116 Booths

* Membership went over 800

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Andy Dixon

* Site presentations were done at General Meeting with membership voting on Site Selection for two cities at one time first place winner would get choice of two years; second place vote would get other year

* After asking the members to send in new logo designs, the original logo was redefined and updated and put on CD for future use.

Tier Perks for AEMA Contributors were developed

Contribution - $700.00
Gift - Free set of Mailing Labels for entire organization

Contribution - $2500.00
Gift - Free Set of Mailing Labels for entire organization 1 Free business card size ad in all (3) newsletters for the year of donation, $200.00 credit toward booth rate

Contribution - $5000.00
Gift - Free Set of Mailing Labels for entire organization 1 Free business size ad in all (3) newsletters for the year of donation, one free booth

Contribution - $10000.00
Gift - Free Set of Mailing Labels for entire organization 1 Free business size ad in all (3) newsletters for the year of donation, two free booths

* The Glenn Sharp Wall of fame was unveiled at the General Meeting. Wall will be shipped to each convention to be put in a booth. Wall has pictures of all Glenn Sharp Award winners.

* A ballot was sent out to the membership and It was determined that the Manual upgrade would be done by Momentum Media

2003

* The 2003 Convention was held in Pasadena Cleveland Ohio. There were 428 members in attendance

* 115 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 146 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Dan Siermine

* Hall of Fame later named Life Time Achievement Award was unveiled at Convention. This is the second half of the Glenn Sharp wall. The first inductees were Glenn and Helen Sharp

* Helen Sharp attended and spoke to the membership

* AEMA started using Bulk mail for all mailings large enough to send that way

* Exhibitor rates and booth size increased. Rates went from $600.00 to $750.00 and Booth size when from 8’x10’ to 10’x10’

* The AEMA lost Jeff Boss to cancer. If Glenn was the father of the AEMA then Jeff was the father of Certification. We can’t however forget Jim Roberts who was the initial Father of Certification. Jeff’s passing was a terrible loss to the AEMA

2004

* The 2004 Convention was held in Kansas City Missouri . There were 431 members in attendance

* 105 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 130 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Mike Royster

* Jeff Boss was the only inductee to the Life Time Achievement Wall

* The new manual was finished and copies sent to the Board of directors. It officially went on sale at Convention. Cost was to be $35.00 at convention an additional $6.00 would be added for shipping

* Al Ansell put together a committee to write new test question for the new test from the new manual.

* The Exam fee was raised by $35.00 to include the manual to $160.00 by April 1 and $235.00 with late fee prior to May 1. If the member purchased the new manual prior to applying for the test the $35.00 would come back off the price

* CSC Chairperson was added as a seat on the board of Directors

2005

* The 2005 Convention was held in Atlanta Georgia. There were 501 members in attendance

* 97 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 129 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to Kelly Jones

* Jon Falk and Dale Strauf were inductees to the Life Time Achievement Wall

* 2005 saw the first new member meet and greet reception

* New exam was given from the new manual with a record 74 members taking the exam.

* In the board meeting of 2005 we decided that all board members and Committee members must report on their activities prior to receiving any CEU’s for that activity.

2006

* The 2006 Convention was held in Buffalo New York. There were 479 members in attendance

* 102 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 133 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Award was given to John “Stony” Stone

* This year sees the first convention in District #1

* Mike Royster was been elected President and Arnie Wilhoite the new Vice President- With the election of the new President we see the term go from 3 to 4 years

* Al Ansell and his committee once again traveled to North Carolina and completed additional Test questions for the exam.

* We saw another record number of applicants for the exam with 75.

* Jerry Fife took over the Web site and the discussion group

* We were forced to replace longtime videographers Ken and Jessie Hardesty. Ken and Jessie lost their home, all of their belonging and equipment in Hurricane Katrina.

2007

* The 2007 Convention was held in Reno Nevada. There were 513 members in attendance

* 98 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 127 Booths * The Glenn Shape Winner was Tex Ritter of Ball State University

* Jerry Fife did a presentation on a new web site through ACS

* Dale Strauf retired and stepped down from the Associate Director seat and Dan Siermine was voted into that position by the board of directors.

* Mary O’Leary was given the Life Time Achievement award.

2008

* The 2008 Convention was held in Dallas Texas. There were 478 members in attendance

* 91 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 116 Booths

* The Glenn Shape Winner was Meli Resendiz from Northwestern University

* ACS Gave presentation on the web site and board decided that we would go with the new web site.

* The Life Time Achievement award was presented to Billy Pickard and Chick Napaliano

* The Booker Kilgore award was given to Art Rosales.

* Presidential Committee was formed to submit candidates for the 2010 election.

* AEMA Journal is now online instead of being mailed.

2009

* The 2009 Convention was held in Jacksonville Florida. There were 424 members in attendance

* 93 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 118 Booths

* The Glenn Shape Winner was Lynn Williams University of Louisiana @ Lafayette. The Life Time Achievement award was presented to Gary Barfield from Russell.

* Three candidates were decided for the Presidential election. They are Meli Resnediz, Mike Royster, and Dan Siermine.

* The AEMA launched a new web site in November of 2009

2010

* The 2010 Convention was held in Chattanooga Tennessee. There were 433 members in attendance

* 83 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 120 Booths

* The Glenn Shape Winner was Matt Lewis from Texas Christian University

* Jon Falk retired from the position of Executive director. He was presented a engraved AEMA watch for his many years of service.

* Mike Royster was named the new Executive Director and Matt Lewis was named the new Associate Executive Director.

* Dan Siermine was elected the New President of the AEMA and Meli Resendiz was elected the New Vice President

* The AEMA launched another new web site designed by Dustin Maxie and updated by the National Office

2011

* The 2011 Convention was held in Sacramento California. There were 401 members in attendance

* 72 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 104 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Winner was Kris Young from The Colorado State University

* The Board of directors voted to raise the National Dues to $100.00 for Active and Associate members. With a late fee of $25.00 after May 31. They also voted to not change the rates for a student member.

2012

* The 2012 Convention was held in Cleveland Ohio. There were 440 members in attendance

* 78 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 105 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Winner was Clifton Perry from Princeton University.

* The convention was set to be at the Crown Plaza in Cleveland just a few months prior to convention, the Crown Plaza was sold and torn down. The convention ended up to be in the Renaissence Cleveland Hotel. That hotel sold out and we were able to obtain the Marriott as a overflow hotel which also sold out. Then just a couple of months prior to the convention the Convention Center was torn down as well and we had to set up our Exhibits in Public Hall several blocks away. The members were shuttled to the vendor exhibits and all worked out fine.
2013

* The 2013 Convention was held in Las Vegas Nevada. There were 508 members in attendance

* 81 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 105 Booths

* The Glenn Sharp Winner was Greg Morgenthaler from the U.S. Naval Academy

* It was agreed by the Board of directors that we would proceed with a new website.

* Matt Lewis stepped down as the Associate Executive director to take a new job at his University. Matt Althoff was appointed to that position.

2014
* The 2014 Convention was held in Jacksonville Florida. There were 434 members in attendance

* 91 Exhibitors were in attendance at the convention, using 110 Booths

* The Glenn Shape Winner was Larry Hare from the University of Kansas

* Dan Siermine from the Air Force Academy was named President of the AEMA for a second term. Clifton Perry from Princeton University was named Vice President

* The AEMA launched the new website in February 2014. Phyllis Lee from Citta and Meli Resendiz from Northwestern worked extremely hard to bring the AEMA a state of the art website

* The AEMA had the first mid year phone board meeting on 2/26/14

* Managers on a Mission held the first Services at Convention

* The requirements for the AEMA Certification Exam were changed. All members need to have a 4 year college degree to be eligible to take the exam, or must be a student in pursuit of a 4 year degree. The hours of experience requirements for a student was changed to 1400 hours

* The AEMA started providing email addresses to the Exhibitors for the first time

Past Executive Directors

  • Harry Yalocki 1974-1975
  • Charles Vosler 1976
  • Billy Pickard 1977-1981
  • John Phillips 1982-1986
  • Jon Falk 1987-2010
  • Mike Royster 2010-Present

Past Associate Executive Directors

  • Charles Vosler 1974-1976
  • Jon Falk 1977-1978
  • John Phillips 1979-1981
  • Ken Hart 1982
  • Glenn Sharp 1983-1987 then became Associate Executive Director
    Emeritus from 1987 until his death in October
  • Dale Strauf 1987-1999
  • Mary O’Leary 1999-2001
  • Mike Royster 2002-2006
  • Dale Strauf 2006-2007
  • Dan Siermine 2007-2012
  • Matt Lewis 2012-2013
  • Matthew Althoff 2013-present

Past National Treasurers

  • Glenn Sharp 1974-1979
  • Suzette Madej 1999-present

Past Presidents

  • Tom Burton 1974-1976
  • Frank Marchese 1977-1979
  • Glenn Sharp  1st election 1979-1983
  • Bill Kelly 1983-1988
  • Ken Hart 1988-1994
  • Terry Schlatter 1994-2000
  • Dale Strauf 2000-2006
  • Mike Royster 2006-2010
  • Dan Siermine 2010-Present

Past Vice Presidents

  • Jon Falk 1979-1987
  • Terry Schlatter 1987-1994
  • Dino Dennis 1994-2000
  • Mike Royster 2000-2002
  • Dino Dennis 2002-2005
  • Arnie Wilhoite 2006-2010
  • Meli Resendiz 2010-2014
  • Clifton Perry 2014-Present

Past District Directors

District #1
  • Frank Marchese 1974-1977
  • Al Venturino 1977-1978
  • Cathy Dachtera 1978-1979
  • Bob Knickerbocker 1979-1983
  • Dale Strauf 1983-1987
  • Ken Green 1987
  • Brian Allis 1988
  • Don Lacrosse 1988-1992
  • Dorothy Cutting 1992-1998
  • Frank Venturino 1998-2001
  • Joanne Catanese 2001-2006
  • David Haefele 2006-2007
  • Clifton Perry 2007-2014
  • Kathy Saltis 2014-present
District #2
  • Tommy McVean 1974-1975
  • John Nolan 1975-1977
  • Robert Lambert 1977-1978
  • Tom Connors 1978-1981
  • Mike Kerin 1981-1983
  • Sharon Corbett 1983-1990
  • Ed Farrell 1990-1991
  • Ron Ohringer 1991-1999
  • Rich Abadie 1999-2001
  • Ken Hare 2001-2005
  • Matt Althoff 2005-2009
  • Greg Morgenthaler 2009-present
District #3
  • Howard Beavers 1974-1976
  • John Keller 1976-1977
  • R.T. Floyd 1977-1979
  • Frank DeBord 1979-1981
  • Dave Tinge 1981-1983
  • Bobby Douglas 1983-1988
  • Ken Green 1988-1992
  • Eddie Gardner 1992-1993
  • Mike Short 1993-2000
  • Arnie Wilhoite 2000-2006
  • Jim Steward 2006-2007
  • Brandon Pariah 2007-2008
  • Alphonso Smith 2008-2012
  • Mike Wilson 2012-present
District #4
  • John Daggett 1974-1982
  • Bill Kelly 1982-1983
  • Jeff Boss 1983-1987
  • Richard Williams 1987-1991
  • Terry Breaux 1991
  • David Bounds 1991-1993
  • Mike Royster 1994-2000
  • Mike Hill 2000-2006
  • Patrick Stewart 2006-2007
  • Art Hanson 2007-2014
  • Kerry Conner 2015-present
District #5
  • Martin Daily 1974-1976
  • Bill Jarvis 1976-1977
  • Dave Plum 1977-1978
  • Ken Hart 1978-1980
  • Tex Ritter 1980-1985
  • Terry Schlatter 1985-1988
  • Mary O’Leary 1989-1991
  • Mike Searls 1991-1996
  • Kevin O’Connor 1996-2002
  • Meli Resendiz 2002-2008
  • Terry Calloway 2008-2012
  • Sam Trusner 2012-2015
  • Scott Jess 2015-present
District #6
  • Bobby Yarborough 1974-1982
  • Jim Roberts 1982-1985
  • Jim Kleinau 1985-1992
  • Roland Banks 1992-1994
  • Ron Wessel 1994-2000
  • Brent Schulte 2000
  • Matt Lewis 2000-2003
  • Don Barnes 2003-2005
  • Troy Jepsen 2005-2008
  • Larry Hare 2009-2013
  • Troy Jepsen 2013 -Present
District #7
  • Bill Crowder 1974-1975
  • Jack Littlefield 1975-1978
  • Steve Hopper 1978-1980
  • Ken Hart 1980-1982
  • Chip Robertson 1982-1987
  • Bill Lackey 1987
  • Gary Boevers 1988-1991
  • Terry Breaux 1992-1999
  • Mike Sinquefield 1999-2000
  • Dan Siermine 2000-2008
  • Kris Young 2008-2011
  • Louis Sandoval 2011-present
District #8
  • Robert Donnelly 1974-1975
  • None 1975
  • Jeff Maxwell 1976-1978
  • Ken Seamons 1978-1982
  • Sam Aquino 1982-1988
  • Pat Conrad 1988-1991
  • Greg Goracke 1991
  • Peggy Durney 1992-1995
  • Larry Lawrence 1995-1996
  • Wendell Neal 1996-1999
  • Ed Garland 1999-2003
  • Carol Jaeger 2003-2005
  • Dale Holste 2005-2013
  • Kelly Sharitt 2013-Present
District #9
  • Robert Kluserman 1974-1975
  • Rex Patterson 1975-1980
  • Cliff Hatter 1980-1982
  • Norm Perez 1982-1988
  • Mike Arellano 1988-1991
  • Dino Dennis 1991-1994
  • Steve Bartel 1994-2000
  • Harry Rott 2000-2005
  • Mike McBride 2005-2006
  • Harry Rott 2006-2008
  • Mark Younger 2008-2010
  • Steve Bartel 2010-2015
  • Chris Collins 2015-present
District #10
  • None 1974
  • Victor Dougherty 1975-1981
  • Steve Blundy 1981-1986
  • Gilles Falardeau 1986-1991
  • Alan Ansel 1991-1995
  • Ken Larimore 1995-2005
  • Norm Calder 2005-2008
  • Ken Larimore 2008-2011
  • Cara Scott-McCron 2011-2013
  • District 10 was dissolved in 2013

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