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NTDA Convention:

Nov. 1, 2011
National Trailer Dealers Association convention addresses full slate of topics at 21st annual convention

Dave Boyd of Aero Industries, left, hands the presidential gavel to Robert Velthouse, L & V Trailer Sales. Velthouse will serve as NTDA president for 2011-2012.

FEDERAL excise tax changes, what fleets expect from trailer dealers, and updates on new trailers and components were among the topics that trailer dealers addressed at this year's National Trailer Dealers Association convention held October 5-7 in Palm Beach, Florida.

The federal excise tax on trucks and trailers has been under scrutiny recently. Set to expire on September 30, it received new life September 16 when the Surface and Air Transportation Act was signed into law. NTDA provided an update on the status of this tax as well as answered many of the common questions about how to deal with it.

Details on this and other convention sessions can be found on the pages that follow.

The convention had a huge increase in attendance. According to President Dave Boyd, 140 people attended last year's convention. The most recent convention drew 284.

NTDA will hold its 22nd annual convention September 26-28 at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California. Check for details.

Leading the National Trailer Dealers Association for 2011-2012 are [standing] directors: Jeffrey Barber, Interstate Trailer & Equipment; Ron Dietz, Wabash of Utah; Dave Durand, Great Dane Trailers; Jennifer Blount, Carpet Trailer Sales; Joel Hought, Wallwork Truck & Trailer Center; Duff Bell, Karmak Inc; Chris Hammond, Great Dane Trailers; and Steve Robinson, Pressure Systems International. Seated is this year’s executive committee: Nick Lambevski, Transport Trailer Sales, treasurer; Mike Dye, Southwest Trailers & Equipment, first vice-president; Gwen Brown, NTDA executive director; Robert Velthouse, L & V Trailer Sales, president; Michael Shuemake, second vice-president; Central Valley Trailer Repair.

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About the Author

Bruce Sauer | Editor

Bruce Sauer has been writing about the truck trailer, truck body and truck equipment industries since joining Trailer/Body Builders as an associate editor in 1974. During his career at Trailer/Body Builders, he has served as the magazine's managing editor and executive editor before being named editor of the magazine in 1999. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.