2020 Virtual Washington Policy Briefing

2020 Virtual Washington Policy Briefing

September 9, 2020

For better or for worse, what happens in our nation’s capital has a significant impact on your company’s bottom line and profitability. Think about how 100 percent bonus depreciation has benefited you and your customers. How would a long-term infrastructure plan impact your sales? Is trade uncertainty increasing your cost of doing business? Policy in Washington has a substantial effect on the industry and we need your involvement to ensure policy successes.

AED’s government affairs team does an excellent job representing your interests in Washington, but lawmakers also need to hear directly from business leaders like you about how their decisions on Capitol Hill affect our companies and employees.

We need your help to reach all those new representatives and tell our industry’s story. No one can convey that better than you. How are you and your customers affected by the uncertainty surrounding the federal infrastructure program? Have you and your employees benefited from lower tax rates and 100 percent full expensing of new and used equipment? Is the lack of technicians hindering your ability to service customers and forcing you to forgo business opportunities?

Beyond affecting policy, attending the AED Virtual Washington Policy Briefing gives you important political intelligence to help your business planning and excellent opportunities to network with other equipment industry leaders from across the country.

Don’t be intimidated. AED will get you up to speed on everything you need to know, including the top issues impacting the industry, how to effectively advocate for your company and what to say in your meetings with congressional offices. We’ll even schedule your Capitol Hill meetings for you so you can meet directly with your representatives and their senior staff. You’ll be exposed to the most powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

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What People are Saying:

Diane Benck, West Side Tractor Sales 

“AED does a great job of educating us on the issues so that you can feel confident to address them with your representatives. After we’ve been educated on the issues and use that knowledge in our meetings with our individual members of Congress, occasionally you can see the ‘light bulb’ turn on in their faces and you realize that the time away from our dealerships is well worth the effort.”

Michael Lalonde, Westrax Machinery 

“AED made it easy for me to meet with my members of Congress. I was surprised to learn that legislators know very little about our industry. I talked to people on both sides of the aisle and found that we have a lot in common.” 

Don Shilling, General Equipment & Supplies 

I attended my first AED Washington Fly-In the first time I was on the board. Up to that point, I never felt I could really make a difference with our congressional representatives, AED really helped me to ‘break the ice’ and get involved. Take the time to go to an AED Fly-In and have Daniel Fisher or AED staff help you through. You can make a difference”

Walter Berry, Berry Companies 

“You will not get this level of insight into what is going on in Washington any other way. If you have any interest in how the federal government affects your business, this event is invaluable.” 


Session Title Description
September 9, 2020

11:05 - 11:35 a.m. EST

Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Hear from OEM D.C. representatives about their companies’ policy priorities and their thoughts on the 2020 elections and beyond.

  • Daryl Bouwkamp, Sr. Director Int’l Business Development & Government Affairs, Vermeer Corporation
  • Katie Hays, Director, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Steven Nadherny, Vice President of Government Affairs, CNH Industrial
  • Collis Jones, Vice President of U.S. Policy & Strategy, Deere & Co.
September 9, 2020

11:35 - 12:05 p.m. EST

Customer Association Panel

Policy experts from your customer organizations discuss the legislative and electoral outlook and what’s top of mind for their members.

  • Jimmy Christianson, Vice President of Government Relations, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Dean Franks, Senior Vice President of Congressional Relations, American Road & Transportation Builders Association
  • Michele Stanley, Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association
September 9, 2020

12:05 - 1:00 p.m EST

A Conversation with Political Analyst Nathan Gonzales
Presented By:

Nathan Gonzales will give an energetic and nonpartisan analysis of the upcoming 2020 election. Gonzales is the editor and publisher of Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. Gonzales regularly appears on national news programs offering his expertise and is frequently quoted in major publications about electoral politics.

Registration Fees 

Fee Type  Early   Regular  Late 
Member Fee:  $200.00  $200.00 $200.00 
Non-Member Fee:  $200.00  $200.00  $200.00 

Event Type: Annual Conference
Category: Conference 

(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

AED Cancellation Policy:

In order to be flexible with AED members in these uncertain times, AED is currently extending it’s cancellation policy due to the ongoing public health crisis. Although subject to change, if you need to cancel a registration for an event, you may request a refund from AED for your registration up until 7 days before the event. As always, you will be refunded at any time if cancellations arise due to health related complications or increased travel restrictions. The Association will continue to evaluate this on an ongoing basis.

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