U.S. Association Notes – Summer 2021



In memoriam

“We mourn the loss of our very own, Bud Estes. Bud worked for BTI for five decades from sales, to management into the corporate role. Bud’s most recent achievements were serving in the U.S. Senate since 2016. Bud devoted a lifetime to improving his community, his state, and the lives of numerous individuals who he came to know,” wrote BTI when making the announcement.

Bud Estes – Photo credit Kansas City Star

Estes died this past February.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of Senator Estes’ passing,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in a statement. “Senator Estes had a long history of serving the southwest Kansas community, his legacy will live on through his public service. I extend my deepest sympathies to his friends and family during their time of mourning.”




Coleman Equipment gains recognition

Coleman Equipment received a plaque acknowledging its 75 years as a member of the Western Equipment Dealers Association. 

Bruce Coleman, center, holds the anniversary plaque. He is flanked by his nephews, Jason Coleman (left) and Chris Coleman (right). For more about Coleman Equipment, see this month’s Taking Care of Business.


WEDA partners with SiteDocs

WEDA recently announced a new partnership with SiteDocs Safety Management Software.

SiteDocs Safety Management Software helps companies streamline operations with digital forms, ensuring compliance with real-time monitoring and advanced analytics, which leads to fewer workplace injuries. This makes safety compliance easier for everyone, saving time, money, and lives.

WEDA has done the homework for members to find the best tool to help dealers keep up with the digital wave sweeping across the safety and compliance industry.

“In conversations with our members, they shared that they were looking for easier solutions in managing their safety initiatives, especially across multiple locations. SiteDocs has a solid track record in helping companies streamline their operations and ensuring compliance with real-time monitoring. We know this will be a huge benefit to equipment dealers,” says WEDA CEO John Schmeiser.

SiteDocs is North America’s fastest-growing app in the health, safety and environmental space. SiteDocs is a completely customizable tool dedicated to Safety and Compliance. SiteDocs was awarded the easiest tool to use in the HSE space.

What is SiteDocs? 

According to SiteDocs CEO Kent Bergstrom, the company has been on a mission for nearly a decade. “Since 2012, our goal has been to remove the headache of paperwork and help companies like yours achieve their workplace safety goals.”

Development of the SiteDocs Safety Management Program is continuously improved by in-house safety experts, and through extensive customer collaboration. In researching platforms, WEDA has come to trust that this team backs up its promises.

SiteDocs Customer Success (support team) is also the highest-rated in the industry. The association is confident members will have stories like the 3000+ other companies, and nearly 80,000 signatures daily that have created safer cultures by going digital with SiteDocs.

Through this partnership, WEDA members will receive unlimited free form creation when they purchase SiteDocs. To learn more about the company, visit www.sitedocs.com or request a demo by writing to Kent Bergstrom at brent@sitedocs.com.

WEDA also partners with Secuvant

Another new association partnership is with Secuvant.

Secuvant is a global leader in integrated cyber threat solutions, offering customized cybersecurity and risk advisory services specific to the agricultural and construction equipment industries.

Secuvant is offering special pricing on packaged security service bundles and consulting services specifically designed to protect WEDA member dealers. Secuvant will consult with businesses on their individual needs, identify risks, create action plans based on management-defined priorities, and offer an ongoing platform for protection from digital threats.

To learn more about how Secuvant could help protect your dealership, please visit https://secuvant.com, call 855.732.8826, or email sales@secuvant.com.

Jami Applegate returns to WEDA

Jami Applegate is making a second stop at the Western Equipment Dealers Association, returning as the new manager of association and industry events.

As manager of association and industry events, Applegate, who previously worked in sales with the association’s Dealer Institute, will take over management of the Western Farm Show and also work with staff in planning association conferences and member events.

“My interest in the position comes from my 10 years of agriculture experiences,” said Applegate. “I love working in this industry and finding ways to help it succeed. Being the events manager, I will fulfill my passion of helping others while being challenged with building the events for the association. These things will keep me driving to provide the best opportunities and events for our members at the association.” 

“We know Jami will bring a lot of enthusiasm to the role,” said WEDA CEO John Schmeiser. “Her knowledge of WEDA and our members will help her get off to a running start.”

Schmeiser said Applegate will also look into additional events where WEDA can assist its members in marketing their equipment.


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