2019 Washington Fly-In

Jun 11, 2019 11:30am -
Jun 13, 2019 07:30pm

Event Description


For better or for worse, what happens in our nation’s capital has a significant impact on your company’s bottom line and profitability. Think about how 100 percent bonus depreciation has benefited you and your customers. How would a long-term infrastructure plan impact your sales? Is trade uncertainty increasing your cost of doing business? Policy in Washington has a substantial effect on the industry and we need your involvement to ensure policy successes.

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. Last election, we saw massive turnover in Congress. There are more than 100 freshman lawmakers. That means there are many new lawmakers making policy decisions that impact your company who don’t understand the issues and have little or no idea about our industry.

We need your help to reach all of those new representatives and tell our industry’s story. No one can convey that better than you. How are you and your customers affected by the uncertainty surrounding the federal infrastructure program? Have you and your employees benefited from lower tax rates and 100 percent full expensing of new and used equipment? Is the lack of technicians hindering your ability to service customers and forcing you to forgo business opportunities? As the recent tax reform debate demonstrated, AED member engagement is key to policy successes.

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.

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. You’ll be exposed to the most powerful lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle.


What People are Saying:

“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.” – Diane Benck, West Side Tractor Sales

“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.” – Michael Lalonde, Westrax Machinery

“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" – Don Shilling, General Equipment & Supplies

“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.” – Walter Berry, Berry Companies



Tuesday, June 11, 2019 (schedule subject to change)

11:45 am – 4:00 pm


Charlie Palmer Steak


101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001


Alcove Dining Room

Event Registration Open

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

Alcove Dining Room


The AED Foundation Luncheon

Equipment distributors are plagued by a short supply of skilled technical workers. Learn about The AED Foundation and its recent efforts to address the equipment industry’s technician shortage and what the Trump administration is doing to address the nation’s skilled worker shortage and narrowing the skills gap.

The Honorable Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of Education, Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

Alcove Dining Room

Advocacy 101:  The Ins and Outs of Capitol Hill Meetings

Congressional offices and Capitol Hill meetings can be mysterious. Learn from experienced lobbyists and a senior 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.

Congressman Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, House Small Business Committee

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


The Hyatt Regency


400 New Jersey Ave NW Washington, DC 20001


Thornton Room Foyer (11th Floor)


Event Registration Open

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Thornton Room A & Lounge (11th Floor)


Industry Leaders Welcome Reception

Catch up with your equipment industry colleagues over drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (schedule subject to change)

7:00 am – 12:00 PM

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol A Foyer

Registration Open

7:00 am – 7:30 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room

Kick-Off Breakfast & Welcome

The AED’s leadership team will welcome everyone to our nation’s capital. Attendees will hear from a leading lawmaker/administration official. Note: Breakfast will open at 7:00 am & the program will begin promptly at 7:30 am.

7:30 am – 8:30 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room

Infrastructure Panel

Policy experts and a senior lawmaker discuss infrastructure investment, including prospects for a substantial infrastructure package, the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund and what the equipment industry can do to make a massive infrastructure package a reality.

Dean Franks, Senior Vice President, Congressional Relations, American Road and Transportation Builders Association

Catie Kawchak, Director, Director, Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

8:30 am – 9:00 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room


Address by House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.)

Arguably the one of the most powerful lawmakers on Capitol Hill, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal overseas legislation dealing with tax, trade, Social Security, Medicare and other revenue-related measures, including fixing the Highway Trust Fund.

9:00 am – 9:15 am


Networking Break

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room

Address by Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairwoman Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)

The only Midwestern member of House Democratic leadership and one of a few dozen Democrats holding seats in districts that President Trump won in 2016, Congresswoman Bustos is tasked with running her party’s campaign arm during the 2020 cycle. Known as a pro-business Democrat, she’s prioritized infrastructure, workforce development and agriculture policy issues during her time in Congress. In addition to her leadership, role she serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room


Equipment Manufacturers Panel

Hear from equipment manufacturers’ D.C. representatives about their companies’ policy priorities and how they’re planning to be successful in the current political environment.

Kip Eideberg, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Jonathan Miller, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America

Christopher Myers, Director, International & Federal Government Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc.

Laura Ness Owens, Vice President, Marketing, Doosan Bobcat North America

John Rauber, Director North American Public Affairs, John Deere

10:45 am – 11:00 am

  Networking Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room

Energy Policy Panel

Energy development remains a significant market for equipment dealers. However, challenges to energy infrastructure project permitting threatens some of the largest pipeline projects in history. Find out what the business community is doing to fight those creating barriers to energy development and the potential market impact from energy projects.

Toby Mack, President, Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance (EEIA)

Bruce McKay, Senior Energy Policy Director,
Dominion Energy

Pete Sheffield, Vice President of U.S. External Affairs , Enbridge, Inc.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Leading Policymaker Luncheon with FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason

As the head of the Federal Highway Administration, Nicole Nason overseas the agency’s mission to support state and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the nation’s highway system. In her role, she also serves as the top advisor to the Transportation Secretary on highway funding and project delivery efforts.

The Honorable Nicole Nason, Administrator
Federal Highway Administration

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill

Front Drive

Depart for Bus to Canadian Embassy (for those who RSVPed only)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Capitol Room

Workforce Policy Panel

The skills gap is the greatest challenge facing the construction equipment industry. Learn about efforts on Capitol Hill to address workforce development issues and emphasize career & technical education programs.

Jason Blake, Executive Vice President & COO, The AED Foundation

Alisha Hyslop, Director of Public Policy, Association for Career & Technical Education

Tamar Jacoby, President, Opportunity America & the Jobs and Careers Coalition

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Embassy of Canada to the United States


501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20001

Canadian - U.S. Relations Update

Washington Fly-In attendees will participate in a briefing with senior officials from the Canadian Embassy in Washington to learn about the importance of the U.S. - Canadian relationship and policy areas of mutual interest between the two allies.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill

Front Drive

Bus Departs for White House Briefing (for those that participated in the Workforce Policy Panel discussion)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Eisenhower Executive Office Building

17th St. & State Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20502

White House Briefing

Equipment distribution industry leaders meet with senior Trump administration officials during an exclusive White House briefing.

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm





Reception Honoring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Join AED PAC for a fundraising reception to support the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

AED members are encouraged to make personal contributions to McConnell for Senate Committee.  

Thursday, June 13, 2019 (schedule subject to change)

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Capitol 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. Mark Amodei (R-Nev.),House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, House Small Business Committee, House Science, Space & Technology Committee

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas), House Oversight & Reform Committee, House Science, Space & Technology Committee

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), House Appropriations Committee


Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, House Homeland Security Committee

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.), House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, House Education & Labor Committee

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), House Appropriations Committee, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Col.), House Financial Services Committee

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), House Ways & Means Committee

Rep. Steve Watkins (R-Kan.), House Education & Labor Committee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Veterans Affairs Committee

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Capitol Hill & Capitol Hill Club

Eisenhower Room


Taking it to the Hill: Meetings with Lawmakers

Attendees meet with representatives, senators, and congressional staff. Our room at the Capitol Hill Club will remain open all day for you to share intelligence, adjust messaging based on meeting feedback, ask questions, resupply materials, and grab a cup of coffee.

Note: A buffet lunch will be available 11:30 am-1:00 pm.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Hawk ‘n’ Dove

Second Floor


329 Pennsylvania Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20003

Closing Reception

Debrief and decompress with industry colleagues at a fun Washington location.


Attendees (as of 6/4/2019)

First Name Last Name Organization City State
John Shearer 4 Rivers Equipment, LLC Greeley CO
Greg Downing Admar Supply Co., Inc. Rochester NY
Donna Shopulski Alban CAT Baltimore MD
Leah Summers Alban CAT Baltimore MD
Marianne Bishoff Alban CAT Baltimore MD
Robert Chiles Alta Equipment Company Livonia MI
Megan Evans Association of Equipment Manufacturers Washington DC
Peggy Barlet Bejac Corporation Placentia CA
Ron Barlet Bejac Corporation Placentia CA
Steve Meadows Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Sharmin Meadows Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Walter Berry Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Polly Berry Berry Companies, Inc. Wichita KS
Darren Grahsl BOKF Commercial Finance Dallas TX
Michael Paradis Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Louisville KY
Michael Brennan Brandeis Machinery & Supply Co. Prospect KY
Sean Byrnes Byrnes O'Hern Red Bank NJ
Drew Parker Carter Machinery Company, Inc. Salem VA
Tiffany Curry-Elmore Caterpillar Inc. Peoria IL
Randy Mace Chadwick-BaRoss Inc. Westbrook ME
Lee Newton CMW Equipment St. Louis MO
Monica Haught Compact Construction Equipment LLC/Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Irving TX
Scott Carpenter Company Wrench, Ltd. Carroll OH
Jason Templeton Company Wrench, Ltd. Carroll OH 
Justin Owen Company Wrench, Ltd. Carroll OH
Ron Moras Compass Equipment, Inc. Oroville CA
Matt Di Iorio Ditch Witch Mid-States Columbus OH
Matthew McDonald Eagle Power & Equipment Corp. Montgomeryville PA
Roy Kern Equipment Corporation of America Coraopolis PA
Giles Poulson Faris Machinery Company Commerce City CO
Tommy Ball Flagler Construction Equipment, LLC Tampa FL
Steven Ouellette Frank Martin Sons, Inc. Fort Kent Mills ME
Julianne Garton Garton Tractor Inc. Turlock CA
Benjamin Garton Garton Tractor Inc. Turlock CA
Don Shilling General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Steve Stafki General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Ann Pollert General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Amanda McKinnon General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Jon  Shilling General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Fargo ND
Thomas Reynolds Highway Equipment Company Zelienople PA
Daniel Coley Hi-Vac Corporation Marietta OH
Timothy Watters Hoffman Equipment Co. Piscataway NJ
Michael Puryear HOLT CAT San Antonio TX
Sandra Thielemann HOLT CAT San Antonio TX
Jeffrey Scott Intermountain Bobcat West Valley UT
Spencer Gerrard Intermountain Bobcat West Valley City  UT
Mark Romer James River Equipment LLC Richmond VA
Benjamin Coleman JCB Inc. Savannah GA
Greg Blaszka Jesco Inc. South Plainfield NJ
Michael Paric Joe Johnson Equipment Inc. Innisfil ON
Marc Johnson KCoe Isom, LLP Lenexa KS
Trey Joy KCoe Isom, LLP Lenexa KS
Ron Buker Kearns, Brinen & Monaghan Greenville SC
Frank Groome Kearns, Brinen & Monaghan Greenville SC
John Kimball Kimball Equipment Company Salt Lake City UT
Gayle Humphries Low Country Machinery Pooler GA
David Kedney Luby Equipment Services Fenton MO
Paul Farrell Modern Group Ltd. Bristol PA
Rick Nelson Modern Group Ltd. Bristol PA
Kenneth Taylor Ohio CAT Broadview Heights OH
Melissa Brooks Ohio CAT Broadview Heights OH
David Coe Orion Talent West Chester OH
Brett Reasner Pennsylvania College of Technology Williamsport PA
R. Christopher Gaylor Power Equipment Company Knoxville TN
Marshall Anderson RDO Equipment Co. Ladera Ranch CA
Tony Trenzeluk Sentry Insurance Company Madison WI
Eric Stiles Sentry Insurance Company Stevens Point WI
Jerry Donlon Standard Equipment Company Chicago IL
Teresa Donlon Standard Equipment Company Chicago IL
Jeff Tulish Stephenson Equipment, Inc. Prospect Park PA
Wes Stowers Stowers Machinery Corp. Knoxville TN
Wanda Cox Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC Phoenix AZ
Larry Cox Sunstate Equipment Co., LLC Phoenix AZ
John Thompson Thompson Machinery La Vergne TN
Jeremy Balog Used Equipment Guide Inc. Chattanooga TN
Craig Drury Vermeer Canada Inc. Brampton ON
Timothy Everett Vermeer Mid Atlantic, LLC Baltimore MD
Corey Vander Molen Vermeer MidSouth, Inc. Jackson MS
Todd VerSteeg Vermeer Southeast Sales & Service Inc. Marietta GA
Whit Perryman Vermeer Texas-Louisiana Irving TX
Cody Eldridge Wagner Equipment Co. Denver CO
Bruce Wagner Wagner Equipment Co. Denver CO
Jason Brown Webasto Thermo & Comfort North America, Inc. Fenton MI
Michael Lalonde Westrax Machinery, Inc. Rancho Dominguez CA
Bryan Campbell Wheeler Machinery Co. Salt Lake City UT


AED Cancelation Policy:  

Refunds are not permitted within 14 business of the event unless a note is received detailing a medical emergency or other similar event.

Event Type:Annual Conference
Early registration ends on Mar 28, 2019.
Regular registration starts on Mar 29, 2019 and ends on May 28, 2019.
Late registration starts on May 29, 2019.
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