Topcon’s O’Connor Joins Elite Group in the AEM Hall of Fame
LIVERMORE, Calif. & CAPELLE A/D IJSSEL, Netherlands -- December 9, 2013
Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems, and senior
managing executive officer with Topcon Corporation, was inducted into the
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame during its 2013
annual conference held in early November.
Ray O'Connor (Photo: Business Wire)
Ray O'Connor (Photo: Business Wire)
The AEM Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the
off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and
O’Connor said, “I am extremely humbled by the award and to join so many of the
great leaders of our industry in the Hall of Fame. This honor can’t be
achieved by an individual but only by a team of people with a passion to
succeed. The team of employees and distributors we have at Topcon exemplifies
this. Without their dedication, expertise and partnership in sharing a common
goal, Topcon would not be making the positive global impact that it is in the
diverse industries we serve.”
In his acceptance speech he acknowledged the great opportunities that America
presents. He said as an Irish immigrant, “It didn’t take me long to realize
that I had found the only place on the planet where a kid from another country
had the freedom to dream big dreams and could actually make them come true!”
He is the youngest person ever inducted and joins 47 others described by AEM
as pioneers whose vision and hard work have been critical to advancing global
economic and social prosperity; their legacy strengthens continued industry
contributions to improving our quality of life, and serves as an inspiration
for tomorrow’s leaders.
Past inductees include such notable industry giants as John Deere (inducted in
2012), William Otis (inventor of the steam shovel), Jerome Case, Dr. Hans
Liebherr, Reinhard Wirtgen, and Gary Vermeer to name a few.
O’Connor joined Topcon in 1993 as the first employee dedicated to the laser
product industry. Announcing the induction, Stu Levenick, the 2013 AEM Chair
cited O’Connor for having a key goal to automate the construction and
agricultural industry. In addition to striving to meet the global requirement
of positioning automation, O’Connor developed a global “ring of technology
centers where the brightest geospatial engineers…create the next generation of
products,” he said.
He also noted O’Connor’s leadership in implementing the Topcon Educational
Partnership Program, which now helps provide the latest positioning technology
to construction and agricultural related programs at more than 500
universities and associations worldwide.
O’Connor is also the 2006 recipient of Toshiba Corporation’s Business
Performance Award (the first recipient of non-Japanese descent) for “his
superior leadership and performance.” In 2012, Pompeii, Italy honored him for
supporting “preservation and renovation” of the landmark city; the University
of Naples awarded him an honorary doctorate degree for his efforts.
O’Connor also received an honorary doctorate from The Dublin Institute of
Technology for his “global leadership in precision measurement technology.”
Geospatial World magazine named him Business Leader of the Year earlier this
Inducted with O’Connor were Dr. Helmut Claas, CEO of CLAAS farm machinery
company, and Friedrich Schwing, Sr., founder of Schwing GmbH who has more than
1,200 patents relating to innovations in material handling and construction
equipment that powers the majority of modern concrete pumps.
More information, including videos of this year’s induction speeches and the
complete list of the AEM Hall of Fame members is available at
About Topcon Positioning Group
Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA
(topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel,
The Netherlands (topcon-positioning.eu). Topcon Positioning Group designs,
manufactures and distributes precise positioningproducts andsolutionsfor
theglobalsurveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, BIM,
mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Its brands
include Topcon, Sokkia, 2LS and MAGNET. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com),
founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).
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Europe: Achiel Sturm, +31 (0)10 - 458 5077
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