Andy Studdert, interim CEO, of the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), has used his closing remarks at the Europlatform 2019 conference in Nice, France, to pay tribute to departed IPAF president Brad Boehler, who stepped down after leaving IPAF member company Skyjack last month.
Boehler holds a directorship with another IPAF member firm, Serious Labs, but it is not a member with full voting rights, so under IPAF’s operating rules he could no longer continue to serve on the board and as president of the federation.
Studdert said, “We’d like to thank Brad, who stepped down as IPAF president yesterday, for all his hard work, leadership and dedication to safety over many years in the industry.
“He had wanted to carry on as IPAF president, but when it emerged on close reading of the IPAF operating regulations that he wouldn’t be able to do as hoped, he did the honorable thing and stepped down from the IPAF board and therefore the presidency.”
Speaking to KHL after the event, Studdert further commented,” Brad’s ability to support the industry from a safety standpoint and to achieve record growth year on year with Skyjack stands him in great stead.
“All of IPAF’s members operate their businesses according to the rules, so when Brad discovered he wouldn’t be able to carry on as IPAF President he put aside his personal disappointment in compliance with the technical requirements of the operating rules.
“We’d like to thank Brad for all the work he’s done and wish him well in his future career; he’ll no doubt be a huge asset and driving force in whatever endeavour he turns to next. We hope he decides to continue deploying his talent and determination in powered access and continues to lead in making our industry even safer.”