President’s Message: Burenga Looks Ahead

I’m honored to be elected president and look forward to representing the membership in the coming year.

When people ask me what membership in the Association means to me, the answer is simple: family. I was first exposed to the Association over 30 years ago when my father, Tom, was elected to the board of directors. Over the years, I have met a lot of wonderful people and have gained a great deal of insight. I have developed lifelong friendships in this Association, and that is available to all of us whether we have been here for generations or we are just getting started.

I cannot overstate this. Family, in my personal experience of the Association includes shared DNA, but family in the context of membership goes beyond that. This is a group of people who want to get to know you and will take a sincere interest in you. We are here to do business, for sure, and in some cases, we are even competitors, but we recognize the value of moving the industry forward together, and we are genuine people who support one another. 

Our company would not be as successful today if it weren’t for being involved with the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association. It is my wish and hope that all of you can have the same experience.

My goal in the coming year is to add value to membership and heighten engagement. We have a strong Association, a strong Board of Directors, and a strong staff, made even better by the addition of Matt Rice as membership director. This team of people is going to continue to work hard to add value and ensure our industry stays robust.

When it comes to membership engagement, we rely on you. As with anything in life, the more you put into something, the more you will gain. If you are wondering what you can do, I encourage you to join a committee or get involved in a product council.

Go to FarmEquip.org or reach out to your Association team to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

We are in uncharted waters today. Demand for most of us is the best we have ever experienced. However, hyperinflation on costs with raw materials, components, and freight, not to mention labor shortages, have us all asking how long it can last. We have so much to gain by talking to one another and sharing ideas right now.

I implore you to join us in the spring at the Supply Summit & Showcase in New Orleans. It is April 6 to 8.

While we are all very good at what we do with our respective positions, when we come together, we are great! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you next year.