Connect With Your LawmakersCED Magazine, January 2009
Article Date: 01-01-2009
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AED dealer executives are urged to attend the Government Affairs Conference, a free event in D.C. this April.
As 2009 begins, equipment distributors are facing opportunities and threats in the new political environment. Infrastructure programs that impact construction equipment markets are up for reauthorization this year, but tax, environment and labor law changes are also on the table.
AED dealer members have a unique opportunity to engage in the issues first-hand during AED’s Government Affairs Conference, April 29 to 30 in Washington, D.C. Hosted by the AED Washington office, the conference combines informative presentations from lawmakers, pundits and Washington insiders, culminating in a full afternoon of scheduled visits with dealers’ representatives and senators. These face-to-face dialogs enable dealer executives to address legislative priorities with their elected officials, who recognize the importance of visits from business constituents from their home state.
“Coming up this year, it’s probably going to be one of the most important times to participate in government affairs in recent history,” said Dennis Vander Molen, president of Vermeer MidSouth in Jackson, Miss., and Vice Chairman of the AED Board of Directors. “I think that there are a lot of challenges this year, but there are some definite opportunities.”
Vander Molen has attended several of the Government Affairs Conferences in the past, and says he appreciates the opportunity to meet with his Congressman. Not only do the meetings give the Congressman a chance to hear from a constituent, but it also gives the participant a deeper understanding of how decisions at the federal level impact business at the local level, says Vander Molen.
“We’ve been able to secure meetings with our Congressman or staff every time,” said Vander Molen. “They very much appreciate hearing from the people who are from their representative districts.”
AED members already benefit from the effective lobbying work and strategic partnering efforts of the AED Washington Office, led by Vice President of Government Affairs Christian Klein. But AED members can multiply the collective effectiveness of the association on the policy front by presenting an in-person united front at the conference.
The program, a reception, two lunches and two dinners are complimentary for all AED-member dealer executives, though space is limited. Executives pay their own travel and lodging costs. Spouses are also welcome to attend.
Overnight accommodations are available at the Army Navy Club and the Club Quarters on 17th Street N.W., in the heart the nation’s capital.
An agenda will be available in February. Attendees are invited to attend the full-day program agenda on Wednesday and half-day program on Thursday. Pre-arranged meetings with elected officials will take place Thursday afternoon. Please call Crystal Maguire at the AED Washington Office with program content questions or for assistance in scheduling your Capitol Hill meetings.
Reservations for this free meeting can be made online at: www.aednet.org/government/GAC, or by calling Sandy Brassel at AED headquarters: 800-388-0650, ext. 332.
Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors
Behind every corporate logo attached to a seminar or event lies a commitment. Sponsors of AED’s Annual Meeting & CONDEX understand the importance of supporting the CE industry and equipment dealers.
The corporate sponsorships provided by these industry leaders enable AED to continue providing the high quality programming and networking events that attendees of the Annual Meeting have come to enjoy.
Make plans to participate in all the events made possible by these generous sponsors.
Wednesday, Jan. 14
Kick off Annual Meeting with a round of golf at the beautiful Maderas Golf Club, cosponsored by Sentry Insurance.
If golf isn’t your cup of tea, beat the rush and be sure to pick up your convention registration packet, complete with your IronPlanet tote bag at the registration desk from noon to 6 p.m. While you’re there, pick up a Hospitality Suite locator sponsored by Trinity Vendor Finance and a Schedule at a Glance pocket guide sponsored by Doosan Infracore. Hotel keys are sponsored by Wells Fargo.
The kickoff session of the convention begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday when the AED University’s Managers Conference presents nationally acclaimed speaker Jeffrey Gitomer. His presentation, sponsored by Sany, is open to all registered attendees of the Annual Meeting. You’ll also enjoy a coffee break with light snacks compliments of TrackCert.
Thursday, Jan. 15
Before heading into the business session to hear Christian Klein speak about the political challenges and opportunities facing the industry in 2009, start your convention day well fortified from the continental breakfast, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., compliments of Zurich.
Directly after the business session, head into CONDEX to see all of the new products and services specifically geared toward the construction equipment industry. Lunch in CONDEX is sponsored by Wacker Neuson Corp.
Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Be sure to use the voucher in your registration packet for a free cup of Starbucks coffee compliments of Machinery Outlook, published by Manfredi & Associates, celebrating 25 years in print.
When the first full day of CONDEX is done, unwind with drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the AED/Wells Fargo Welcome Party at the San Diego Marriott from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 16
Wake up and get your blood pumping at the 1st Source Bank Fun Run/Walk from 6 to 7 a.m.
As part of the AED University Managers Conference, all managers will learn how to navigate, communicate and motivate team members at a Coaching Workshop with Mitch Harper from Texas A&M University. His presentation is sponsored by Vistage.
Then at noon, enjoy lunch in CONDEX compliments of Summit Truck Equipment.
With the credit crisis and economic volatility, hear what our Industry Economic Session expert has to say – be sure to attend economist Dr. Lawrence Chimerine’s presentation, featured on the CONDEX exhibit floor and made possible by Liebherr.
Step out in style for the AED Inaugural Evening. Mingle with friends and enjoy a cocktail at the AED/Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Second Annual AED Foundation/Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Live Auction will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. and benefits the AED Foundation’s professional education programs.
Immediately following the reception and live auction, the AED/GE Capital Solutions Chairman's Inaugural Dinner begins, with table wine provided with compliments from JRB Attachments. After AED's 2009 Chairman Bennett Closner is inaugurated, deep-sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the Titanic, will take the stage, compliments of Terex.
Wrap up the evening with the sundae of your dreams at the MTU Detroit Diesel Ice Cream Social.
Saturday, Jan. 17
The final business session features an infrastructure update from high profile Washington insiders: “Road Work Ahead: Federal Spending in the New Washington” is sponsored by Multiquip. Featured speaker Jack Schenendorf, co-chair of the congressionally appointed National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission is joined by U.S Chamber and ARTBA guest panelists.
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