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President and Chief Operating Officer
MERA – The Association for Sustainable Manufacturing
John Chalifoux has served as the president and chief operating officer of MERA, and as a member of its board of directors, since the inception of the trade association in January 2011. MERA is recognized internationally as the organization for companies that view remanufacturing as a core competency.
MERA (and its parent MEMA) is the organization behind the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act of 2015, the U.S. law that requires federal agencies to encourage the use of remanufactured parts when servicing the federal civilian vehicle fleet. MERA is also the home of Manufactured Again Certification, where manufacturing and remanufacturing are held to the same international quality standards.
Chalifoux came to MERA from the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, where he served as vice president of marketing and business development. Previously, Chalifoux was a strategy consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and he is an experienced marketing and sales executive, working in the automotive supplier community for Freudenberg-NOK, NTN Bearing and Valeo. He began his career with Goldman Sachs in New York.
Chalifoux earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and mechanical engineering from Stony Brook University, and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is also a graduate of the NADA Dealer Academy.