Inside AEDCED, August 2008
Article Date: 08-01-2008
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AED Poised to Track the 'Storm' The economy and its effects on the CE industry is among the many issues the 2008 AED Executive Forum will tackle. The uncertainty in the economy is chief among the many challenges characterizing the current business climate and contributing to the “perfect storm” distributors are facing. During the 2008 AED/QUALCOMM Executive Forum Sept. 11-12, four guest speakers will help decode what’s happening with the economy and the construction industry now so dealers can prepare wisely for ’09. Jim Haughey, chief economist, Reed Construction Data, will explain the domestic construction markets, giving dealers wide insight into the markets that are prospering – and those that aren’t. In a new ‘talk show’ format, Mark Koznarek, partner and senior research analyst at Cleveland Research Co. and Frank Manfredi, principal, Manfredi & Associates, share their detailed observations and hypotheses about the global activities and priorities of major equipment manufacturers in the rapidly growing new markets abroad. And Eli Lustgarten, senior research analyst, Longbow Research, will present economic trends and an in-depth explanation of the North American industrial activity that is impacting business conditions.Titled “Surviving the Perfect Storm,” the Forum will feature a stimulating line-up of presenters and topics to provide dealer executives with ideas and solutions to survive and thrive through this rocky business cycle that is complicated by numerous other external forces and challenges. Speakers and panels will address the domestic and global marketplaces and probe the many issues – and opportunities – facing the equipment distribution industry. This day-and-a-half strategic program is designed for principals, owners, GMs and all C-level management in the construction equipment distribution business. Perennial Forum favorite Mike Marks will once again moderate the entire program. New to the Forum this year: The formal program will end at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, allowing attendees to catch early flights or remain until noon for an informal Q&A clinic hosted by Marks.
The 2008 AED/QUALCOMM Executive Forum will be held at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill., just minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. For the full agenda, speaker profiles, and to register online, please visit www.aednet.org/execforum.
Ohio Members ImPACt the Congressional ElectionsAED members in Ohio gathered at the end of June in support of two congressional candidates –Senator Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Representative Steve LaTourette (R-OH).On June 30, the Ohio Equipment Distributors Association (OEDA) hosted an ImPACt event for Sen. Stivers at the Ohio Republican headquarters in Cincinnati. Sen. Stivers is a pro-business Republican with respectable voting records on tort reform and transportation issues. His race for Ohio’s 15th district is one of the most closely watched in the country and is considered a must-win by pro-business groups.In attendance at the event were OEDA President Paul Ackerman of Ackerman Industrial Equipment; OEDA Vice President Ken Taylor of Ohio CAT; OEDA Board Members Tom Cowher of Capital Engines and Tom Trapp of Bobcat Enterprises; past AED Chairman Dale Leppo of Leppo Rents/Bobcat of Akron; Mike Slinger of Nortrax; Matt Di Iorio of Ditch Witch of Ohio; AED Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Henderson; OEDA staff members Kim Rominger and Bill Garling; and OEDA legislative directors John Mahaney and Gordon Gough. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-OK) also made a special appearance.On July 2, Ohio members hosted a fundraiser for Rep. LaTourette, a re-election candidate in the state’s 14th district. LaTourette sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is a long-time friend of the construction industry.Supporters of the event included Dave Blocksom, Greg DeAnna, Eric Emch, Kelly Love, Sonja Metzler, and Ken Taylor of Ohio CAT; Bill Burgett and Brian Burgett of Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.; Joe Buchtinec of Vermeer Sales & Service; Dale Leppo of Leppo Rents/Bobcat of Akron; and Tom Rooney of Millisor & Nobil.Each candidate was presented with a $2,500 AED PAC check, and distributors attending the event also made individual contributions to the campaigns. The total amount raised for the candidates was approximately $12,000.The events marked one of the most successful weeks in AED ImPACt history. AED congratulates and thanks OEDA and Ohio CAT for their hard work in planning the fundraisers.The AED ImPACt program encourages local groups to host events to build relationships with members of Congress. These informal gatherings serve as a round table opportunity enabling the lawmakers and candidates to speak face-to-face with AED distributors about important challenges such as small business health insurance, the impact of the residential downturn on AED members and infrastructure issues, specifically highway funding. To learn more about the ImPACt program contact the Washington Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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