Association Notes: Fall 2020


Where we’ve been

WED Spring 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we elected to publish the Western Equipment Dealer spring 2020 and summer 2020 issues as a digital only flipbook. Our intention is to resume printing the magazines beginning with this fall issue as well as continuing to email the digital edition to our entire database. What this means for you, the dealer, is that you will be able to forward specific articles or the entire magazine to your management team.

WED Summer 2020

In addition to quarterly columns from the association’s team of Dealer Institute trainers, association staff and industry providers, each publication featured dealer profiles of WEDA members and exceptional articles from Eric Wareham on right to repair and the future of agriculture with Kevin Peesker, president of Microsoft Canada.

CED Spring 2020

Members also received an update from WEDA CEO John Schmeiser on the association’s response and work during the pandemic.

CED Summer 2020

Editor’s note: WEDA appreciates the support of its advertisers during the brief interruption in printing and distribution of magazines to dealers throughout Canada and the nine U.S. states served by the association.



All 2020 issues of the CED and WED are available on WEDA’s website under the News section at

WEDF Golf Classic Survives Pandemic

Golfers and volunteers braved heat and humidity on Monday, Aug. 24, to raise more than $17,000 for the Western Equipment Dealers Foundation. The golf course was in great condition and everyone had a good time in spite of the weather, social distancing, and special rules to make the event “low-touch.”

The Foundation was formed to provide funding for charitable purposes related to the shortage of properly trained technicians for WEDA equipment members.

The Foundation’s mission is to continue our support for the WEDA Industrial and Farm Equipment Technician Program at OSU Institute of Technology and to establish scholarship programs at post-secondary education institutions for deserving students and member employees interested in pursuing a degree program relative to the equipment industry.

(left to right) Steve Morgan, Cole Miller, Mark Smith, and Weston Winfrey

Here are the results of our golf event:

1st place, Flight A

AgDirect 2





(left to right) Franklin Peitz, Kevin Frazier, James Petty, and Justin Van Wert

2nd place, Flight A

John Deere





1st Place, Flight B

Diversified Financial

  • Eric Golwitzer
  • Mark Dutton
  • Steve Norris
  • Steve Vaughn

2nd Place, Flight B

  • Case IH
  • Ryan Kau
  • David Reed
  • Nate McGraw
  • Jon Strickler

Longest Drive – Ladies – Jane Male

Longest Drive – Men – Adam Turner

Longest Putt – Franklin Peitz

Closest to the Pin – Weston Winfrey

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges these sponsors who contributed substantially to the event:

Hole in One Sponsors:

  • Federated Insurance
  • Seigfreid Bingham, P.C.

Lunch Sponsor:

  • Basic Software

Cart Sponsor:

  • John Deere

Hole Sponsors:

  • Ag Direct
  • Case IH
  • Coleman Equipment Inc. & Kubota Tractor Corp.
  • Diversified Financial Services
  • Foley Equipment
  • KanEquip, Inc.
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • KFRM
  • McNair & Spangler
  • Perceptive Processing
  • Tax Favored Benefits

Signs and banner generously donated by: Fern Exposition & Event Services.

Special thanks go to Terry Killman and Adam Ellis of OSUIT and Greg Russell of A.C. Printing who provided valuable volunteer assistance to help make the event run smoothly.

The WEDA Foundation accepts donations – large or small – at any time. Gifts are tax-deductible as charitable contributions. Visit the Foundation’s new website at to learn more or donate.

In memoriam

Dave Cameron

The equipment industry lost one of its most passionate supporters with the Aug. 1 passing of Dave Cameron. During his 30 years with Federated Insurance, Cameron, 66, held various positions, retiring in 2012 as risk manager – national accounts.

Cameron worked with all U.S. equipment dealer associations and developed designated risk manager programs for several industries. He was an author, an expert on a number of loss issues and spoke with passion and unbridled enthusiasm about helping dealerships control insurance-related losses.

Dave Cameron was much, much more than a highly-skilled and dedicated professional. He was a darn good guy.


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