Officers and directors leading the National Trailer Dealers Association for 2015-2016 are (seated): Richard Bloomquist, Badger Utility; Steve Robinson, Pressure Systems International; Gwen Brown NTDA executive director; Jeff Barber, Interstate Utility; Dale Martens, American Trailer & Storage; and Lyn Simon, Standing: Geoff Reid, Hendrickson; Joel Hought, Wallwork Trailer & Truck Center; Mark Hall, Stoops Freightliner; James Veres, Southeast Trailer Mart; Jamey Vaughn, Twin State Trailers; and Paul Want, Utility Trailer Sales Southeast Texas. Not shown: John Princing, Scientific Brake & Equipment.

NTDA celebrates 25 years

Dec. 6, 2015
Silver anniversary of National Trailer Dealer Association coincides with largest convention on record - NTDA 2015 Convention Coverage

SOME 600 people helped the National Trailer Dealers Association celebrate its 25th anniversary September 23-25 at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

Attendance at this year’s convention was the largest the association has ever had, reflecting steady growth in membership.

NTDA has added 76 new members during the past year, bringing the association’s roster to 761 members, NTDA President Nick Lambevski announced at the convention’s opening breakfast session.

The convention program included an analysis of the upcoming greenhouse gas regulation and its effects on the trailer industry, forecast for the trailer market, and tips for getting more productivity from the shop.

“Our membership had held steady at around 300-350 until around 2007,” said Lambevski, president of Transport Trailer Sales in Milton, Ontario. “When the recession hit, we had about 200 members, and 150 people attending the convention. Since hiring Gwen Brown about six years ago, we have experienced stead growth.”

Jeff Barber, left, accepts the president’s gavel from Nick Lambevski during the 25th annual convention of the National Trailer Dealers Association.

Lambevski reviewed the associations initiatives for the year, which include a new insurance program for its members that provides general, liability, and workers comp. Other programs include a shop labor hours guide, free webinars throughout the year, and a sales manager’s workshop.

Between 1997 and 2007, membership fluctuated between 300-350 1997, Lambevski said. From 2010, steady increase since then. Association revenues have increased steadily.

The association has added new programs recently:

• An insurance program that provides general and liability insurance as well as worker’s comp policies.

• Shop labor hours guide.

• Free webinars throughout the year, along with a sales manager’s workshop.

Lambevski said the association is planning to add two regular employees this year to assist Executive Director Gwen Brown.

NTDA officers and directors for 2015-2016

Chairman of the board
Jeff Barber
Interstate Truck Equipment
Cincinnati OH

First vice-president
Steve Robinson
Pressure Systems International
San Antonio TX

Second vice-chairman
Dale Martens
American Trailer & Storage
Kansas City MO

John Princing
Scientific Brake & Equipment
Saginaw MI

Executive director
Gwen Brown
Brighton MI

Dealer directors:

Richard Bloomquist
Badger Utility
Madison WI

Mark Hall
Stoops Freightliner
Indianapolis IN

Joel Hought
Wallwork Truck & Trailer
Fargo ND

Paul Want
Utility Trailer Sales Southeast Texas
Houston TX

Jamey Vaughn
Twin States Trailers
Charlotte NC

James Veres
Southeast Trailer Mart
Ellenwood GA

Allied directors:

Geoff Reid
Itasca IL

Lyn Simon
Oneway Trailers
Salt Lake City UT

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Rick Weber has been an associate editor for Trailer/Body Builders since February 2000. A national award-winning sportswriter, he covered the Miami Dolphins for the Fort Myers News-Press following service with publications in California and Australia. He is a graduate of Penn State University.