Coming up with a topic to write about seemed slightly elusive this time, since we were six weeks into a stay-at-home order at the time of writing, and I knew this article would not be featured until the June issue of CED. However, considering that AED is right in the middle of membership renewal season, I thought I would take a minute to thank you, the members, during these uncertain times.
Everyone at AED has been in constant communication with the membership, now more than ever. Each day, equipment distributors, manufacturers, and business service providers look to leverage the associations’ services in their process of making difficult decisions that may determine their future. Over the past several weeks, we have received so many thanks and words of encouragement from you, the members, as we keep our outlook on the future and ensure that here in the present, we are providing resources to you and your employees to help you make it through.
Your membership is what makes all this possible. Without it, our ability to foster a network of subject matter experts on any variety of issues would be severely diminished. In Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, our influence and ability to ensure that our industry’s essential status remains intact and thriving would be hampered. From a networking perspective, your ability to learn from your fellow members and connect – even virtually – through AED Town Halls and other avenues would certainly not be as robust.
As AED looks ahead, we are ready to provide first-in-class programming to support your business’ evolving needs. This means, for example, pressing on with the August AED Leadership Conference at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in Orlando. An obvious choice for this year’s theme is “Leading Through Crisis and Change.” We’re sure this conference will help members to continue developing their talent bench on relevant leadership topics. If you haven’t heard, we have also rescheduled our Financial/HR Symposium for November 2-4 in Napa, California. Stay tuned for more updates on that.
For those of you who value the continuing education opportunities offered by The AED Foundation, you can expect a new and improved experience as the Foundation transitions to a new online platform to help dealers to meet their management and employee development goals. The new system will enable AED members to enroll managers and other employees in programs that allow them to earn industry-recognized management certifications. The new platform will also provide technician benchmarking capabilities and much more. It is an excellent way for businesses to improve financial management acumen, people management skills building, and best practices in daily business operations across their organizations.
Everyone at AED looks forward to continuing to support the success of your business and providing you with the resources you need to overcome your daily business challenges. Reach out to your AED regional manager as an excellent consultative resource on how you can get the most value out of your membership.
This is one of the most critical times for this industry to stand united as members of AED. Through these times and the better times to come, the bottom line is that AED’s ability to serve your business is only as strong as our membership base, and for that, we thank you!