AED / EDA Washington Fly-In 2017

Apr 04, 2017 12:30pm -
Apr 06, 2017 07:30pm
(GMT-5)

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It’s more important than ever for equipment dealers and manufacturers to attend the 2017 AED / EDA Washington Fly-In, April 4-6 – the equipment industry’s premier public policy event.  As the Trump administration takes control and the new congressional session heats up, policymakers will be considering proposals that will have a substantial impact on your company’s bottom-line.  In years past, the industry could rely on Capitol Hill gridlock to stifle harmful bills and the threat of looming deadlines and elections to push through must-pass highway and tax proposals.  A new sheriff is in town and “business as usual” is a relic of the past.

 

In the near future, Congress and the new administration will consider the following issues which will have a direct impact on your primary product markets and cost-of-doing business:

 

  • Comprehensive tax reform
  • Surface transportation, water, and airport infrastructure investment
  • Workforce development
  • Protectionist trade policies
  • Energy development
  • Regulatory reform
  • Workplace safety and employment issues
  • Expansion of environmental policies

 

AED and EDA have planned a jam-packed agenda to ensure your time in Washington isn’t wasted.  We’ll get you up to speed on how to be an effective advocate on the issues important to your company.  You’ll hear directly from senior lawmakers, administration officials, and Washington policy experts.  We will even schedules meetings for you with members of Congress.  All you need to do is show up and let your inner advocate show.  And we promise, you’ll even have some fun!

 

The stakes have never been greater.  You can make a difference!  View the schedule and current attendee list and register below today!

New Capitol Hill Meeting Scheduling Service for Washington Fly-In Attendees
 

Do you want to attend the AED/EDA Washington Fly-In on April 4-6 in Washington, D.C. but don’t have time to schedule meetings with your lawmakers? Or have you always wanted to attend the Washington Fly-In, but didn’t bother because requesting meetings with your member of Congress was time-consuming and confusing?

AED is pleased to announce an exclusive member benefit for Washington Fly-In attendees. The association’s Washington office will now schedule your Capitol Hill meetings for you. No more wasting time drafting emails and making phone calls. Just email AED’s new Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel Fisher (dfisher@aednet.org) that you’d like to take advantage of this free AED member service for your Capitol Hill meetings.

Schedule of Events (as of 4/5/2017)
 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The George Hotel
15 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Leaders Room
 

The AED Foundation Luncheon:  Developing the Next Generation of Skilled Workers 
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Equipment distributors are plagued by a short supply of skilled technical workers. Learn about The AED Foundation and its recent efforts to address the equipment industry’s technician shortage, including a recently released study by researchers at the College of William & Mary examining state-level workforce policy efforts. Also, hear directly from the leader of the House committee tasked with addressing the nation’s skilled worker shortage and narrowing the skills gap.

 

Daniel Fisher, Vice President of Government Affairs, Associated Equipment Distributors

 

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Chairwoman, House Education & the Workforce Committee

 

Brian McGuire, President & CEO, Associated Equipment Distributors

 

Denny Vander Molen, 2017 AED Foundation Chairman and President & CEO, Vermeer MidSouth
 

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Liaison Capitol Hill

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001

Outside The Hill Room

Registration Open

3:00 pm –  4:30 pm

The Liaison Capitol Hill

The Hill Room

 

Advocacy 101:  The Ins and Outs of Capitol Hill Meetings
Congressional offices and Capitol Hill meetings can be mysterious. Learn from experienced lobbyists and advocates how congressional offices operate and what you need to do (and shouldn’t do) to effectively engage lawmakers during meetings.  A freshman lawmaker will give their first impressions of being a member of Congress and how you can get your message through to your elected officials.

Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa), Member, House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and House Small Business Committee

Bill Cooper, Staff Director, House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee

Daniel Fisher, Vice President of Government Affairs, Associated Equipment Distributors

 

Natalie Higgins, Vice President of Government Relations, Equipment Dealers Association 

 

Matt Schafle, Director of Coalitions and Member Services, House Natural Resources Committee

5:00 pm –  7:00 pm

The Dubliner
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC
20001

Industry Leaders Welcome Reception
Welcome to Washington! Catch up with your equipment industry colleagues over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Dubliner, a Capitol Hill institution and one of the oldest Irish pubs in the nation’s capital.

Note: Attendees should plan on meeting at the Dubliner. It’s only a five-minute walk from the Liaison Hotel and the hotel staff will be able to provide directions.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

7:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Liaison Capitol Hill

Outside the Metropolitan Center

Registration Open

 

8:00 am – 8:30 am

The Liaison Capitol Hill

The Metropolitan Center

 

Kick-Off Breakfast & Welcome 
The AED and EDA leadership teams will welcome everyone to our nation’s capital and introduce Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke.  In his role, Zinke is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources.

Sarah Swanson Partridge, Equipment Dealers Association Government Relations Committee Member and General Manager, Farm Equipment Sales

 

Wes Stowers, 2017 Associated Equipment Distributors Chairman and President & CEO, Stowers Machinery

Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), Nominee, Secretary of the Interior

 

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Equipment Industry Panels
Leading lawmakers, Washington, D.C. policy experts, and AED and EDA staff will brief attendees on hot topics, including infrastructure, agriculture, tax, labor, and regulatory policy issues.

 

8:30 am - 9:30 am

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Equipment Markets & Federal Policy Panel
Leading infrastructure and agriculture policy experts discuss hot topics impacting equipment markets, including the prospects of a major infrastructure investment package, ensuring the Highway Trust Fund’s long-term solvency, and the next farm bill.

Christina Atchley, Director, Congressional and Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce 

Sen. John Boozman, (R-Ark.), Member, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee

 

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and House Agriculture Committee

 

Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau

 

9:30 am - 9:45 am

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Networking Break

 

9:45 am - 10:45 am

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Equipment Manufacturers Panel
Hear from equipment manufacturers’ D.C. representatives about their companies’ policy priorities and how they’re planning to be successful in the current political environment.

Collis Jones, Director of Government Affairs, John Deere

 

Jonathan Miller, Vice President of Government Relations, Volvo Group North America

 

Chris Myers, Director, International & Federal Government Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc.

 

Nick Yaksich, Senior Vice President for Government & Industry Relations, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

 

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Tax Policy Panel
Tax reform is the hottest topic on Capitol Hill.  Whether its estate tax repeal, the future of LIFO, LKE’s, and the business interest deduction, or a possible border adjustment tax, there are enormous threats and opportunities for the industry.  Leading tax policy experts will discuss the status of comprehensive tax reform and the key issues as the process moves forward.

Mary Burke Baker, Government Affairs Advisor, K&L Gates

 

David Fowler, Tax Partner, PwC

 

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), Chairman, House Tax Policy Subcommittee

 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Leading Lawmaker Luncheon
In just her first term in the U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer has established herself as a serious legislator, interested in working across the aisle to get things done in Washington.  She’s made infrastructure investment a top priority and will discuss her legislation, the Build USA Infrastructure Act, a proposal to address the Highway Trust Fund’s solvency.

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Member, Senate Environment & Public Works Committee and Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

The Liaison Capitol Hill

 

The Metropolitan Center

Regulatory  Policy Panel
Regulatory reform is a top priority as the Trump administration seeks to undue many of President Obama’s burdensome regulations. Learn how the current Congress and administration are approaching labor, energy, environmental, and workplace issues.

Jordan Crenshaw, Assistant Policy Counsel, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

 

Kristen Swearingen, Vice President, Legislative & Political Affairs, Associated Builders and Contractors

 

Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Legal Officer & Chief of Staff, International Franchise Association
 

 

2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Off Site

Executive Branch Policy Briefing
Equipment distribution industry leaders meet with senior Trump administration officials at the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

3:00 pm: White House Policy Briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (1650 Pennsylvania Ave., NW) (by invite only due to limited space)

3:00 pm: Career Technical Education Policy Briefing at the Department of Education (550 12th St., SW) (RSVP required to attend; please contact Rebecca Lintow (rlintow@aednet.org) to RSVP)

4:45 pm: Transportation Policy Briefing at the Department of Transportation (1200 New Jersey Ave., SE) (by invite only due to limited space)

 

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Capitol Hill Club
300 1st Street, S.E.,
Washington, DC 20003

Grant/Lincoln/McKinley Rooms, 4th Floor

Reception Honoring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
Join AED, EDA and other industry allies for a fundraising reception to support the House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.). Scalise is the third-ranking member of House GOP leadership. The whip is the party’s chief vote-counter and helps shape the House Republican agenda, including what bills to bring to consider. Scalise will be influential in pushing the equipment industry’s legislative priorities, including an infrastructure package, a farm bill, tax reform legislation, and initiatives to expand energy development.

No donation is required, but attendees are encouraged to make contributions to Scalise’s reelection campaign. 

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Capitol Hill Club
300 1st Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003

Eisenhower Room 

Industry Champions Breakfast
Sit down with members of Congress from key committees who  are advocates for the equipment industry.  Talk to them about the issues affecting your markets and costs of doing business and get a first-hand perspective about what’s happening on the Hill and in the political trenches “back home”. 

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and House Agriculture Committee


Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), Chairman, House Water Resources Subcommittee
 

Rep. French Hill (R-Ark), Member, House Financial Services Committee

 

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Cal.), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and House Agriculture Committee

 

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Min.), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and House Education & the Workforce Committee

 

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), Member, House Ways & Means Committee

 

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), Member, House Ways & Means Committee

 

Rep. David Young (R-Iowa), Member, House Appropriations Committee

 

 

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Capitol Hill & Capitol Hill Club

 

Taking it to the Hill: Meetings with Lawmakers/Equipment Industry War Room
Attendees meet with representatives, senators, and congressional staff. Our room at the Capitol Hill Club will remain all day as a “War Room” where you can come to share intelligence, adjust messaging based on meeting feedback, ask questions, resupply materials, and grab a cup of coffee.

 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Capitol Hill Club
Eisenhower Room

AED Legislative Leadership Luncheon and Award Presentation

AED honors a steadfast leader on issues important to the construction equipment industry, including infrastructure investment, workforce development, and pro-growth tax and regulatory policies.

Note: A buffet lunch will be available during this time. 

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, House Education & the Workforce Committee, and Executive Committee of Trump Administration Transition Team

 

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

District Distilling Co.

1414-1418 U St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Making Advocacy Great Again Reception

After a long day on Capitol Hill, Relax with your equipment industry colleagues at an exclusive event at D.C.’s newest hot spot. Located within a series of historic 19th century row houses in the heart of one of D.C.’s most vibrant neighborhoods, District Distilling Co. is Washington D.C.’s first combination Distillery/Kitchen/Bar.

Producing vodka, gin, rum, and whiskey on premises, join us for what will sure to be a fun end to a busy week!

 

Friday, April 7, 2017

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Liaison Capitol Hill

Art & Soul Restaurant Private Dining Room

AED Board of Directors Meeting
AED Directors and Officers Only

 

 

 

Attendee List (as of 3/28/2017)
 

Our industry still needs advocates to show up in large numbers to send the strongest message possible to Congress and the Trump administration. Step up to the plate and make the commitment to join the following individuals at the Fly-In.

First Name Last Name Company City State
Brent Abrahm Accruit Denver CO
Shawn Sweet Ascendum Machinery Charlotte NC
Ron Barlet Bejac Corporation Placentia CA
Walt Berry Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Steve Meadows Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Andy Pyron BigIron Auctions Saint Edward NE
Elaine Brennan Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Louisville KY
Michael Brennan Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Louisville KY
John Batzel Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Salem VA
Jim Parker Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Salem VA
Dan Strelka Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Salem VA
Debbie Glynn CMW Equipment St. Louis MO
Larry Glynn CMW Equipment St. Louis MO
Lee Newton CMW Equipment St. Louis MO
Elizabeth Barry Delta Systems Streetsboro OH
Steven Kost Far West Equipment Association Dixon CA
Keith Greenwood Far West Equipment Association Dixon CA
Sarah Partridge Farm Equipment Sales, Inc. Glasgow MT
Jon Shilling General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Don Shilling General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Ann Pollert General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Amanda McKinnon General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Dale Brown Global Machinery Inv. Ltd. Denver CO
Raymond Ferwerda Jr. GS Equipment, Inc. Tampa FL
Jay Nelson Heavy Machines, Inc. Memphis TN
Mike Linton Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas Carlisle AR
Thomas Reynolds Highway Equipment Company Zelienople PA
Jeffrey Scott Intermountain Bobcat West Valley UT
Ivan Dorhout Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Bob Sinclair Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Will Rogers Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Mark Othmer Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Tim Kayton Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Kent Grosshans Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Andy Goodman Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Lee Schemper Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Bruce Keim Iowa Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Johnston IA
Anna Riggs J A Riggs Tractor Co Little Rock AR
John Riggs J A Riggs Tractor Co Little Rock AR
Gayle Humphries JCB of Georgia Pooler GA
Russell Humphries JCB of Georgia Pooler GA
Clinton Baker KCoe Isom, LLP Lenexa KS
Marc Johnson KCoe Isom, LLP Lenexa KS
Ryan Stroschein KCoe Isom, LLP Lenexa KS
John Kimball Kimball Equipment Company Salt Lake City UT
Jake Veldman Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Corey Marzolf Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Nick Sinner Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Chris Palen Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Mike Scharber Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Jacob Willenbring Minnesota-South Dakota Equipment Dealers Association Owatonna MN
Richard Nelson Modern Group Ltd. Bristol PA
Karen Zajick Norris Sales Co. Inc. Conshohocken PA
Tim  Wentz Northeast Equipment Dealers Association Liverpool NY
Kenneth Taylor Ohio CAT Broadview Heights OH
Paul Liesem Ohio CAT Broadview Heights OH
R. Christopher Gaylor Power Equipment Company Knoxville TN
David Fowler PricewaterhouseCoopers LKE Services Columbus OH
Matthew Walp Ransome CAT Bensalem PA
Matthew Roland Roland Machinery Co. Springfield IL
Tony Trenzeluk Sentry Insurance Company Washington DC
Jerry Donlon Standard Equipment Company Chicago IL
Wes Stowers Stowers Machinery Corp. Knoxville TN
Ed Rottmann Stowers Machinery Corp. Knoxville TN
Bruce McFee Sullivan-Palatek Michigan City IN
Timothy Everett Vermeer Mid Atlantic, Inc. Baltimore MD
Dennis Vander Molen Vermeer MidSouth, Inc. Jackson MS
Corey Vander Molen Vermeer MidSouth, Inc. Jackson MS
Darren Tallman Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Irving TX
Whit Perryman Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Irving TX
Mike Quirk Wagner Equipment Co. Denver CO
Carol Quirk Wagner Equipment Co. Denver CO
Bruce Wagner Wagner Equipment Co. Denver CO
John Crum Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. Pittsburgh PA
Diane Benck West Side Tractor Sales Co. Naperville IL
Eric Wareham Western Equipment Dealers Association Kansas City MO
Michael Lalonde Westrax Machinery, Inc. Rancho Dominguez CA
Bryan Campbell Wheeler Machinery Co. Salt Lake City UT
Jason Wickham Wickham Tractor Fort Morgan CO
Brad Wickham Wickham Tractor Fort Morgan CO

 


Event Type:Annual Conference
Early registration ends on Jan 19, 2017.
Regular registration starts on Jan 20, 2017 and ends on Mar 19, 2017.
Late registration starts on Mar 20, 2017.
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