Matthew Wilson to serve as 52nd NTEA president


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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (March 3, 2016) — Matthew Wilson, chairman & CEO of Switch-N-Go, AmeriDeck & Bucks Divisions of Deist Industries Inc. (Hadley, Pennsylvania), was installed today as 52nd president of NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry. He accepted this position from immediate past president Jeffrey Messer, president of Messer Truck Equipment (Westbrook, Maine), at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting held in conjunction with The Work Truck Show® 2016.

“The time I’ve spent on NTEA’s Board of Trustees has been invaluable,” said Matt. “I’m excited to take on the role of Association president and focus on continued development of our offerings to the membership and industry in the coming year.”

Matt joined Deist Industries in 2006 as a division manager, becoming general manager three years later. In 2010, he was appointed president, and, later that same year, he and his wife acquired full ownership of the business. He maintained the position of president until 2015 when he transitioned to his current role as chairman & CEO.

Matt earned a bachelor’s at Kent State University and a master’s at John Carroll University. In 1999, while still in college, he gained international experience as an intern for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. His background includes positions at Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.

Deist Industries is a second-generation family-owned business, and its products have been sold throughout North America for more than 30 years. The company is committed to employee advancement by offering ongoing education and product development through organic growth and strategic opportunities.

2016–2017 NTEA Board
Also serving on the Board are Executive Committee members: First

Vice President Adam Keane, executive vice-president of Allied Body Works Inc. (Seattle, Washington); Second Vice President Todd Davis, vice president of Phenix Enterprises Inc. (Pomona, California); Third Vice President/Treasurer Ross L. Haith Jr., president of Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products (Atlanta, Georgia); and Secretary Steve Carey, executive director of NTEA (Farmington Hills, Michigan).

Serving alongside Executive Committee members are:

Distributor Trustees

  • Paul Kokalis, president of Fontaine Modification (Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Gary Lindesmith, sales & operations for Lindco Equipment Sales Inc. (Merrillville, Indiana)
  • Shane McDermott, vice president – vehicle division of Southwest Products (Surprise, Arizona)
  • David Miller, president and CEO of American Midwest Fleet Solutions (Lone Jack, Missouri)
  • Jon Sievert, senior vice president of operations at Henderson Products Inc. (Manchester, Iowa)
  • Dave Whitby, vice president and chief operating officer of Versalift Southwest LLC (Waco, Texas)


Manufacturer Trustees

  • Wm. Craig Bonham, vice president – business development for Reading Truck Body LLC (Reading, Pennsylvania)
  • Peter Miller, president of Pro-Tech Industries (La Vergne, Tennessee)

Associate Trustee

  • Frank Cardile, group vice president of Holman Automotive Group (Mount Laurel, New Jersey)

Established in 1964, NTEA, the Association for the Work Truck Industry, represents nearly 1,800 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show®. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario.

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