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Outdoor Power Parts And Accessories Association Launches

Building on 35 years of success, Outdoor Power Parts And Accessories Assn. (OPPAA) has launched as an evolution of the organization formerly known as OPEAA.

The name and branding change were announced at the organization’s 35th annual meeting in St. Augustine, FL.

“It’s time to reshape and refocus our organization to better serve a larger portion of the industry,” comments John Joensen.

For more than 35 years, OPPAA has been a member-driven organization with the ultimate purpose of facilitating the growth and availability of quality replacement parts and accessories to the power equipment industry. As the organization was originally founded to support and grow the non-OEM replacement parts business segment—it has evolved to provide less distinction between OEM and aftermarket suppliers.

Donny Desjarlais adds, “As the industry has evolved, so has the association, and we’re excited for this next chapter in the organization’s history.”  

The association’s mission and strategic goals will remain to protect the integrity of power equipment parts and accessories manufacturers and distributors but also allow members to more broadly address accessories and replacement parts throughout the industry; position itself for organizational inclusion and growth; and increase member value with a broader perspective and resources.

The new OPPAA Board of Directors includes President, John Joensen, Gardner, Inc.; Vice President, Darold Dunham, Power Distributors; Secretary/Treasurer, Scott Rutledge, Medart Engine; Immediate Past President, Donny Desjarlais, Oregon Tool. Rounding out the Board will be Mark Errick, D. E. Errick, Inc.; Alex Webb, Hoosier Wheel; John Bauersfeld, Stens; Todd McMahon, Rotary, and Jim Depolo, VP Racing Fuels serving as Directors.

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