The 2018 United Equipment Dealers Association (UEDA) Convention was greeted with much enthusiasm. Excellent speakers with hard-hitting topics, exhibitors connecting with dealers, and a multitude of comments about the great numbers in attendance. If you did not attend, you missed a ton of best practices to improve the bottom line of your dealership, great discussions on the future of our industry, analyses of recommended topics in dealer agreements, and insights for addressing the “Right to Repair” movement that is spreading across the country.
UEDA President Dan Booth recognized Tim Ward for his 12 years of faithful service on the board of directors, including two as president. Ward will continue to serve UEDA as a member of the Advisory Committee.
During the Annual Business Meeting, Steve Hunt, H & R Agri-Power, Hopkinsville, Ky. was elected to serve a four-year term as director. H & R is a 13-store operation with five stores in Kentucky retailing CaseIH, Kubota, and New Holland.
Nominating Committee Chair Brian Streacker also announced that the UEDA OPE Dealer Council elected Jim Herbert, Bud Herbert Motors, Cincinnati, to serve as their chair. In that office, Herbert will also serve as a director. Bud Herbert Motors has two locations in southwest Ohio and retails John Deere, Exmark, Honda, and Stihl.
The OPE Dealer Council also elected Tom Stannard, Wellington Implement, Wellington, Ohio, to serve a four-year term as one of its members. Wellington has two locations in north central Ohio and retails CaseIH, Cub Cadet, Scag, and Yanmar.
Ed Emery was also recognized for his nine years of dedicated service on the OPE Dealer Council and board of directors. He resigned his position in November when he closed his dealership.