Associations Notes The WEDA yearly review
Dealers who want to follow the tracks of the association in the past year are encouraged to look through WEDA’s Year in Review 2019. The report centers on the association’s three pillars: Advocate, Elevate, and Educate.
Under Advocate, you’ll read about the association’s work in Manufacturer and Industry Relations. There’s also a section on Government Affairs, Legislation and Regulatory matters in which WEDA has been involved in Canada and the U.S.
Under Elevate, the association reports on its long-term partner, Equipment Dealer Consulting, LLC. EDC works with dealers on valuations, mergers and acquisitions, integration services, audit and tax services, and succession planning. WEDA also announced a new partnership with MNP for accounting, consulting, valuation and related services for its Canadian members.
There is a lot to read under the Educate pillar. At the pivot point is the association’s Dealer Institute, which provides Custom Onsite Consulting, Performance Groups, and Classroom Style Training.
New Board Members
Landis Stankievech is a business manager at Trochu Motors, a single-store AGCO, Versatile, and Kubota dealership in Trochu, Alberta. A third-generation family member at Trochu Motors, Stankievech grew up working in the dealership but left for 10 years to play hockey and attend post-secondary school. After graduating from college, he worked for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Calgary before returning to the dealership full time in 2013. Stankievech holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Landis and his wife Teresa reside in Three Hills, Alberta.
Ian Carey began his career in the farm machinery business 2001 at RDO Equipment Co. in Pasco, Washington. At the beginning of his career, Carey spent time working in the Yakima Valley and lower Columbia Basin of Washington. After moving to the Greater Yuma Valley of Arizona, he continued his work there as well as California’s Salinas, Imperial, Coachella, and Palo Verde Valleys.
He has held many positions within RDO Equipment Co. and its West Coast trade areas. He is currently the vice president of the RDO’s Northwest Agriculture, an 11-store operation in Washington and Oregon.
Carey and his wife, Cristina, have been married for 20 years and they have two children. Their son, Kail, is 16 and a high school sophomore. Their daughter, Nicole is 18 and a freshman at Gonzaga University. The Carey family enjoys spending time at various athletic events. They make their home in Pasco, Washington.
WEDA on the go
In this month’s edition of Canadian Equipment Dealer, we follow the path of Eric Wareham, WEDA’s vice president of government affairs. Working tirelessly to prevent right to repair legislation in the U.S. and chipping issues in Canada, Wareham has made back-to-back-to backstops in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada and Idaho and Missouri in the states. Read more about Wareham’s effort in “Right to Repair.”
A great way to catch up on topical issues facing the equipment industry is through WEDA Connect. It’s a series of podcasts where association leadership and Dealer Institute trainers discuss industry news, government affairs, and manufacturer relations as well as business best practices, technology and marketing for equipment dealers. Look for WEDA Connect podcasts under the News tab at www.westerneda.com.
New charter for Charter
One of the equipment industry’s long-time providers of software for business systems has been acquired by Constellation Software in Toronto, Ontario. Charter Software Inc., maker of the ASPEN Dealer Management System, will become Charter Software Solutions Inc.
According to a news release, the new company “will operate under the Perseus division of Constellation…” and its “offices will remain headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.”
Anne Salemo, who guided Charter’s growth among agricultural, outdoor power, construction, industrial, and golf cart dealers and distributors, retired as president and CEO of Charter.
In a letter to customers, Salemo said, “Everyone at Charter is committed to ensuring the smoothest possible transition for our valued customers and suppliers. Constellation is committed to investing in the development of ASPEN and will undoubtedly bring a broader range of skills to Charter.”
Editor’s note: Anne Salemo was committed to supporting equipment dealers and the associations that served dealers. The association wishes Salemo a happy and healthy retirement.