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McGuire to retire from appliance group

Veteran manufacturing association leader to stay during search for successor


Nov. 8, 2021
By William Ehart

Longtime Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers CEO Joseph McGuire is retiring, the group announced Monday. The association’s leader since 1999 will remain at least through May while a search for his replacement is conducted.

“Joe has created a legacy of achievement across many dimensions, but most importantly in developing a staff known and respected for their member service and can-do attitude,” immediate past board chair John Taylor, of LG Electronics USA said in a statement. “As our industry has grown and as AHAM revenues expanded, the team has grown two-fold with talented professionals working in a high-performance, collaborative culture.”

McGuire is credited with guiding the association through its headquarters relocation to Washington, D.C., from Chicago in 1999, assimilating the Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association after a 2003 merger, and opening an office in the Canadian capital of Ottawa in 2012.

Among legislative accomplishments, AHAM convinced Congress to pass the Barton-Domenici Energy Policy Act of 2005, which established the first-ever manufacturer tax credit for the production of super-efficient appliances, the association said in its announcement. In 2009, McGuire urged Congress to enact a financial rescue plan for the industry, leading to the creation of the 2009 State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.

“Joe has worked to create a responsible regulatory environment in which our products continue to make life better in homes while also protecting the planet,” AHAM Chair Patricia Bassett, of Newell Brands, said in a statement.

Basset will lead the search committee tasked with finding McGuire’s successor. AHAM plans to hire an executive search firm. AHAM reported revenue of $8.8 million in 2019.
National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement praising McGuire.

“As a leader of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations, a past CMA chair and former NAM board member, Joe demonstrated a collaborative spirit and a dedication to the success of the entire industry,” Timmons said. “As he grew AHAM’s sphere of influence, he established himself and his association as influential players not only on the national stage but also on the world stage.”

McGuire also was ASAE’s 2012-2013 chair. He is currently on the board of directors of the American National Standards Institute.