Washington Fly-In

Washington Fly-In

October 25 – 27

For better or for worse, what happens in our nation’s capital has a significant impact on your company’s bottom line and profitability. With Congress considering tax increases on businesses, pro-union labor policy, strict environmental regulations and misguided right to repair initiatives, the need for the equipment industry to come to Washington has never been greater.

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.

No one can convey that better than you. What is the positive impact of infrastructure investment on your company? How will increased tax rates affect business investment? Is the lack of technicians hindering your ability to service customers and forcing you to forgo business opportunities? Will onerous mandates on the business community stifle growth and job creation?

Beyond affecting policy, attending the AED Washington Fly-In gives you important political intelligence to help your business planning and excellent opportunities to network with other equipment industry leaders from across the country. You’ll be exposed to the most powerful lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

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.

Your engagement in the policymaking process has never been more important than now!

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Location Information

Location Information Willard InterContinental Washington DC
Willard InterContinental Washington DC

Hotel Information:
Willard InterContinental Washington DC
1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, 20004
800-424-6835

Rooming Link: Click here to book your room block.
Room Rate: $399.00 (plus tax / per night)
Resort Fee: N/A
Call-In Phone Number: 800-424-6835
Local Reservations Phone Number: 202-628-9100
Reservation Book By Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Group Code: AE8

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Tentative Schedule

Please note that the following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Time/DateLocationSession
Monday, October 25
1:30 pm – 6:30 pmWillard Room FoyerEvent Registration Opens
2:30 pm – 4:00 pmWillard RoomAdvocacy 101: The Ins and Outs of Capitol Hill Meetings

Congressional offices and Capitol Hill meetings can be mysterious. Learn from a congressional staffer how Capitol Hill offices operate and what you need to do (and shouldn’t do) to effectively engage lawmakers during meetings. A lawmaker will give their impressions of being a member of Congress and how you can get your message through to your elected officials.
5:00 pm – 6:30 pmCrystal RoomIndustry Leaders Welcome Reception

Catch up with your equipment industry colleagues over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Tuesday, October 26
7:30 am – 12:00 pmWillard Room FoyerEvent Registration Open
8:00 am – 8:30 amWillard RoomKick-Off Breakfast & Welcome

The AED’s leadership team will welcome everyone to our nation’s capital.
8:30 am -9:45 amWillard RoomOEM Government Affairs Panel

Government affairs representatives for OEM’s will discuss the policy issues they’re tracking and how equipment manufacturers are navigating the current political situation.

- Daryl Bouwkamp, Sr. Director Int'l Business Development & Government Affairs, Vermeer Corporation

- Catie Kawchak, Federal & State Government Relations Director, Volvo Group

- Matthew Hart, Government Affairs Manager, CNH Industrial

- Katie Hays, International & Government Affairs Director, Caterpillar

- John Rauber, Director & Counsel, Washington Affairs, Deere & Company
9:00 amWillard RoomRep. Josh Gottheimer, Co-Chair, Problem Solvers Caucus to address Fly-In
10:00 am – 11:00 amWillard RoomInfrastructure Panel

The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act has more than $1 trillion in investments in physical infrastructure projects. Learn from lobbyists from some of your customer groups about the impact the legislation will have on their members, the current status of the bill, and what AED members can do to push it over the finish line.

- Dean Franks, Senior Vice President of Congressional Relations, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

- Eben Wyman, Principal, Wyman Associates (representing the National Utility Contractors Association, American Pipeline Contractors Association, Distribution Contractors Association & the Power & Communications Association)
11:00 am – 12:00 pmTax Policy Panel

As President Biden seeks to off-set his massive social spending plan, increased taxes are on the table. Get the latest from tax policy experts about these proposals and what actually has a chance to pass an evenly divided Congress.

- Palmer Schoening, Chairman, Family Business Coalition

- Matthew Turkstra, Director, Congressional Relations, Tax, Fiscal Affairs, and Accounting, AGC of America

- Jade West, Chief Government Relations Officer, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmWillard RoomLuncheon
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Willard RoomEnergy Panel

The current administration and the congressional majority have fossil fuels and energy development in their crosshairs. Learn the latest about these job-killing initiatives and what the industry is doing to push back. Additionally, learn about an opportunity for AED members as investments in LNG infrastructure, carbon capture and CO2 pipelines continue to grow.

- Moderator: Toby Mack, President & CEO, Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance

- Eric Holdsworth, Managing Director, Clean Energy and Environmental Policy, Edison Electric Institute

- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy
2:00 pm – 2:30 pmWillard RoomDepart for Canadian Embassy

The Business Case for Climate Change Engagement
2:30 pm Depart for Canadian Embassy

Those attending the Canadian Embassy Briefing will depart the Willard
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmWillard RoomWorkforce Development Panel

Moderator: Tamar Jacoby, President, Opportunity America & Executive Director, Jobs & Careers Coalition

Zach Curtis, Government Relations Manager, Association for Career and Technical Education

Jen Mishory, Chief of Staff, Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education

Jeff Scott, Chairman, AED Foundation
3:00 pm – 4:00 pmCanadian Embassy Briefing (limited to 30 attendees)
5:00 pm – 6:00 pmThe NestReception
Wednesday, October 27
8:00 am – 9:00 amCapitol 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. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio)
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.)
House Financial Services Committee

Rep. Tony Gonazales (R-Texas)
House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.)
House Ways & Means Committee

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) (invited)
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.)
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
9:00 am – 5:00 pmCapitol Hill & Capitol Hill Club

Eisenhower Room
Taking it to the Hill: Meetings with Lawmakers

Attendees meet with representatives, senators, and congressional staff.

Please note: Members of Congress will be stopping by throughout the day to meet AED members and address the group
11:30 am – 1:30 pmCapitol Hill Club

Eisenhower Room

439 New Jersey Ave, SE
Lunch will be available in between Capitol Hill Meetings
3:00 pm – 5:00 pmDouglas (2nd Floor)AED Board Meeting

Board Members Only


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.” 

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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