The International Powered Access Federation opened a United States membership office near Chicago in Glen Ellyn, Ill., as part of its investment in improving services to members across the U.S. This office is operated in partnership with CM Services, The Association Partnership Co., and will complement the work being undertaken by Tony Groat, IPAF’s North American manager and American Work Platform Training executive vice-president.
“This investment in staff and facilities is part of IPAF’s ongoing commitment to provide the best possible services to its members across the U.S.,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “This is just one of several steps we are taking to ensure that we can provide a full service to U.S. aerial rental companies, end-users and manufacturers.”
Staff at IPAF’s Chicago office will be working to increase membership in the United States, as well as promoting the education and training opportunities managed by IPAF throughout the world. They will also serve as the North American call center and fulfillment house.
Rick Church will work as the head coach of CM Services and with a variety of different associations to help further their missions in the United States and throughout the world. Church can be contacted for general inquiries at [email protected].
Matt Gibson is a senior association manager with CM Services and will be primarily working with IPAF on membership in the United States. Gibson has worked in the association industry for seven years, focusing on membership, social media and committee coordination and planning.
Mark Williamson is an association coordinator with CM Services and will be the point person handling IPAF calls to the U.S. office and fulfillment orders. Williamson has worked in the association industry for six years, focusing on customer service, order fulfillment, database management and website support.
Sara Wilson is a senior association manager with CM Services and will be working with IPAF on answering general inquiries and meeting planning. Wilson has worked in the association industry for seven years, and has extensive planning experience that includes board meetings, educational training programs and trade shows.
Groat remains the contact point for all strategic and technical issues, including representing IPAF on ANSI and CSA standards committees. He can be contacted via the Chicago office or directly at [email protected].
Contact information for IPAF’s Chicago office is:
IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organization that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. AWPT is the North American subsidiary of IPAF which manages aerial work platform and mast climbing work platform training programs in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.ipaf.org or www.awpt.org.