State of the association

The natm used a DVD to give a quick report on the association's health and activities during the past year. In summary:

  • The financial picture remains good, according to Mike Skoglund, NATM vice-president and finance committee member. He said the association has reserves of over $600,000. Overall revenue in 2008 was under budget by 10.4%, but general administrative expenses were under budget by 32.6%, which Skoglund says saved the membership $127,000. He said expenses for last year's convention in Las Vegas exceeded budget by $73,000. “Las Vegas continues to be a high-cost destination for the NATM convention,” he said — so next year's event is scheduled for Reno.

  • Trailer dealers: By unanimous vote of the board of directors, the NATM entered into a one-year agreement with the North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA). That will help to develop a complete and up-to-date industry-wide dealer list, eliminate confidential issues, and enable the NATM to reach dealers outside of the NATM membership with safety and compliance messages. NATM members will receive a $100 discount on NATDA membership dues. Trailer dealers will be considered affiliates of the NATM through their NATDA membership.

  • Marketing: The association has revamped its Web site, making it more user-friendly and updating it daily. The NATM store soon will be open for business so that members can make purchases and register online for conventions. Two new logos were developed, one to support an increased presence on Capitol Hill and one for members to do business with members.

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