AED / EDA Washington Fly-In 2017

Apr 04, 2017 12:30pm -
Apr 06, 2017 07:30pm

Event Description



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 ( that you’d like to take advantage of this free AED member service for your Capitol Hill meetings.

Schedule of Events (as of 2/23/2017)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The George Hotel
15 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Room - TBD

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 a senior lawmaker about plans on Capitol Hill to address the nation’s skilled worker shortage and narrow the skills gap in our nation.

Jason Blake, Senior Vice President, AED Foundation


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


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


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

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Liaison Hotel

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20001

Outside The Hill Room

Registration Open

3:00 pm –  4:30 pm

The Liaison Hotel
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. Jimmy Panetta (D-Cal.), Member, House Agriculture Committee and House Natural Resources Committee (invited)


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


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

5:00 pm –  7:00 pm

The Dubliner
4 F Street, NW
Washington, DC

Industry Leaders Reception
Welcome to Washington! Catch up with your fellow equipment industry execs over drinks and hors d’oeuvres at one of D.C.’s favorite watering holes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

7:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Liaison Hotel

Outside the Metropolitan Center

Registration Open


8:00 am – 8:30 am

The Liaison Hotel

The Metropolitan Center


Kick-Off Breakfast & Welcome 
The AED and EDA leadership teams will welcome everyone to our nation’s capital and discuss the day’s agenda.

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

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


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


Equipment Markets and 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.

Robyn Boerstling, Vice President, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers


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


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


Networking Break


9:45 am - 10:45 am


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.

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


10:45 am - 12:00 pm


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 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. Richard Neal (D-Ma.), Ranking Member, House Ways & Means Committee (invited)


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Leading Lawmaker Luncheon
Attendees will hear insider perspectives from one of the most influential Senators. 

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Majority Leader, U.S. Senate (invited)


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Regulatory 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 (invited)


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


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Off Site

Executive Branch Policy Briefing
Equipment distribution industry leaders meet with senior executive branch officials. 


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

Fundraiser Reception for Key Lawmakers
Join AED, EDA and other industry allies for a fundraising reception to support a senior congressional leadership member.


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. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) (invited)
Rep. Garett Graves (R-La.)

Rep. French Hill (R-Ark)

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) (invited)

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) (invited)


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

AED Legislative Leadership Award
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)

EDA Legislative Leadership Award


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Off Site – Location TBD

Making Advocacy Great Again Activity
You’ve worn out the shoe leather lobbying Congress.  You’ve influenced tax, transportation, workforce, and regulatory policy.  Now you’ve earned some downtime.  Relax with your equipment industry colleagues at an exclusive event.


Friday, April 7, 2017

8:00 a.m.-

12:00 p.m.

The Liaison Capitol Hill

Art & Soul Restaurant Private Dining Room

AED Board of Directors Meeting
AED Directors and Officers Only




Attendee List (as of 2/23/2017)

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
Ron Barlet Bejac Corporation Placentia CA
Walt Berry Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Steve Meadows Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Elaine Brennan Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Louisville KY
Michael Brennan Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Louisville KY
John Batzel Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Salem VA
Drew Parker 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
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
Dale Brown Global Machinery Inv. Ltd. Denver CO
Jay Nelson Heavy Machines, Inc. Memphis TN
Mike Linton Heritage Agriculture of Arkansas Carlisle AR
Anna Riggs J A Riggs Tractor Co Little Rock AR
John Riggs J A Riggs Tractor Co Little Rock AR
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
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
Jerry Donlon Standard Equipment Company Chicago IL
Wes Stowers Stowers Machinery Corp. Knoxville TN
Ed Rottmann Stowers Machinery Corp. Knoxville TN
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
Eric Wareham Western Equipment Dealers Association Kansas City MO
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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 Regular Registration Fee
Member Fee: $395.00$500.00$550.00
Non-Member Fee: $790.00$1000.00$1100.00
 Spouse / Guest
Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00
Non-Member Fee: $0.00$0.00$0.00