President and CEO, The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, OPEI-Canada (OPEIC)
Managing Partner, GIE+EXPO
President, The TurfMutt Foundation
Kris Kiser, an attorney, is President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI) and OPEI-Canada (OPEIC), Managing Partner of GIE+EXPO, and President of The TurfMutt Foundation.
OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars. OPEI is managing partner of the annual international landscape, outdoor living and equipment exposition, GIE+EXPO, the 9th largest trade show in the United States.
Prior to joining OPEI, Kris served for 14 years in senior management at two major, Washington, D.C. trade associations representing the automobile manufacturing and forest products industries. He was Vice President, State and International Affairs for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Vice President, Governmental Affairs for the American Forest & Paper Association.
Before joining the private sector Kris worked a decade for noted international affairs expert and former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton. Hamilton served as Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Joint Economic Committee and the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, was a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, Chairman of the House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran, and Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission. Kris was Special Assistant in the Congressman’s personal office and two years as the chief administrative staffer (AA) with the Joint Economic Committee during Hamilton’s Chairmanship of the Committee.
Kris is a passionate advocate for the rescue and rehabilitation of animals, especially dogs and is a long-time supporter of fostering and adopting animals. Lucky the TurfMutt and Mutt Mulligan, spokesdogs of the TurfMutt Foundation, were rescue dogs that belonged to Kris. The current spokesdog, Mulligan, was adopted by Kris from Lucky’s Mutt Madness, a national pet adoption event that takes place at GIE+EXPO in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society. The pet adoption event was named after Lucky, the first TurfMutt and founding inspiration of the TurfMutt program.
OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the green industry and equipment exposition, and administers the TurfMutt Foundation, which directs the environmental education program, TurfMutt. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.
About The TurfMutt Foundation
TurfMutt was created by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) TurfMutt Foundation and has reached more than 70 million children, educators and families since 2009. Through classroom materials developed with Scholastic, TurfMutt teaches students and teachers how to “save the planet, one yard at a time.” TurfMutt is an official USGBC® Education Partner and part of their global LEARNING LAB. TurfMutt is an education resource at the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Apple, the Center for Green Schools, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, Climate Change Live, Petfinder and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2017, the TurfMutt animated video series won the coveted Cynopsis Kids Imagination Award for Best Interstitial Series. TurfMutt’s personal, home habitat is featured in the 2017-2019 Wildlife Habitat Council calendars. More information at www.TurfMutt.com.