Kansas City, MO – August 1, 2023 – The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) is pleased to announce the development and implementation of the NAEDA OPE Dealer Council.
“The NAEDA OPE Dealer Council is critical to providing representation for OPE Dealers in North America and effectively addressing OPE dealer issues,” stated Kim Rominger, NAEDA CEO.
The establishment of the NAEDA OPE Dealer Council is a significant step in representing the interests of OPE (Outdoor Power Equipment) Dealers across North America.
The Council, comprising 13 OPE Dealer Members and NAEDA staff, aims to address key issues affecting OPE dealers and provide solutions to improve advocacy, communication, and education for dealers.
“The NAEDA OPE Dealer Council has some of the industry’s leading dealers as members and is addressing dealer issues from batteries to inventory to financing for both dealers and customers. They are helping develop key relationships between manufacturers and NAEDA’s Industry Relations Task Force. This is vital when creating lines of communications to solve dealer issues with manufacturers that benefit all”, said Rominger.
During their first meeting in Indianapolis, the Council elected Ken Weingartz as Chairman and Jim Herbert as Vice Chairman. They also requested the establishment of an OPE Industry Relations Task Force specifically for OPE dealers.
The Council decided to engage with key manufacturers such as Toro Company, Cub Cadet/Stanley Black & Decker, and Stihl to foster communication and address concerns related to finance programs, inventory, pricing, and the critical issue of battery products, including collection, recycling, disposal, and shipping costs.
The next National OPE Dealer Council Meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2023, in Louisville, just before the Equip Expo.
This meeting will likely be another important opportunity for the Council to discuss further strategies and initiatives to benefit OPE dealers and the industry as a whole. With the Council’s efforts and engagement with manufacturers, they aim to find solutions that will benefit both dealers and customers in the OPE market.
The NAEDA OPE Dealer Council members are:
Ken Weingartz, Weingartz Supply Co., Utica, Michigan – Chairman
Jim Herbert, Bud Herbert Motors Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio – Vice Chairman
Aubie Campbell, Campbell’s Lawn Equipment Forest Park, Georgia
Sharon Killian Radke, Killian’s Hardware Hickory, North Carolina
Scott Jardine, Arns Equipment LTD Calgary, Canada
Andy More, More Farm Stores, Columbia City, Indiana
Stacey English, Louisville Outdoor Turf Products Lexington, Kentucky
Jason Huber, Central Equipment Lexington, Kentucky
Mike Gillum, Gillum’s Service & Repair, Inc. Ashland, Kentucky
Lance Ralston, Voss Brothers Sales & Rental, Inc. Powell, Ohio
Melvin Sauder, Ebling’s Service Plus Myerstown, Pennsylvania
Scott Muehlhauser, Scott’s Power Equipment Bridgetown, Missouri
Laura Bentley, Bentley Bros., Inc. Brockport, New York