President / Association of Equipment Manufacturers
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Megan Tanel joined the Association as an intern in 1995, becoming Senior Vice President of Exhibitions and Events in 2016, Senior Vice President of Construction Equipment and Utility Sector in 2020, and her current role in 2022. In her Exhibitions and Events Role, Tanel helped launch World of Asphalt, served as Show Director for The Utility Expo (formerly ICUEE), and served as Show Director of North America’s largest construction trade show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG.
As President of AEM, Tanel sets the strategic direction and operation of all AEM programs, focusing on core service areas of market information, public policy advocacy, and exhibitions.
Tanel has served as a member of the Milwaukee Women’s Leadership Group. She previously served as Chair, and Education Committee Chair, of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and served on customer advisory boards for the cities of Las Vegas, Louisville, Ky., and Orlando, Fla.
The IAEE recognized Tanel with both their Woman of Achievement Awards and Distinguished Service Award in 2017.
Tanel holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, PR, Speech, and German from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Certificate in Exhibition Management from IAEE. Tanel enjoys spending time with her husband, four daughters, and two dogs.