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The podcast of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) examines recent events in Washington, D.C., and how they impact the auto retail industry. From policy and legislative topics like trade and regulation, to trends in advocacy and social media, Beltway Talk will provide listeners with a regular overview of the political and legislative issues driving America’s auto dealers.
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Following our eventful 2020 election cycle, AIADA's Vice President of Government Relations calls into the Beltway Talk studio to discuss the results. D.C. veteran Rachel Robinson breaks down the surprises she saw in the House, what remains to be decided in the Senate, and how the outcome of the presidential race could impact auto dealers. With all eyes on Georgia, Robinson, a Peach State native, walks you through the ins and out of our political landscape and gives you an insider's perspective of what the next four years may hold.
Damon Lester, president of The National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD), joins Beltway Talk to discuss his organization's mission, the challenges they face, and his vision for a more inclusive auto retail industry. NAMAD celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and looks forward to many more decades of advocating for its members.
Audrey LaForest, Automotive News' government and lobbying reporter, takes a turn in the hot seat to tell listeners what it's like to cover the auto industry through a political lens. LaForest, who started her position in February, has reported on COVID-19 relief efforts, the new USMCA agreement, and a variety of regulatory issues impacting dealers. In this episode of BeltwayTalk , she talks about these topics and more - including her plans to move to D.C. and why she may already be driving her dream car.
AIADA President and CEO Cody Lusk joins this episode of Beltway Talk to discuss AIADA's recent work on behalf of dealers this summer, why he's encouraged at how dealers are forging ahead and serving their communities in the midst of a pandemic, and what he sees through the rest of 2020.
Capitol Hill veteran Jennifer Safavian is leading a new association dedicated to international automaker operations in the U.S. In this episode of Beltway Talk, Jennifer answers our questions about Autos Drive America - and explains what's driving her to ensure that the international nameplate industry is fairly represented in Washington, D.C.
In today's Beltway Talk, Cox Automotive's Charlie Chesbrough gives listeners an overview of 2020's second quarter auto sales. He touches on a number of subjects, including segment winners and losers for the year to date, what brands are best equipped to weather the recovery ahead, and how inventory constraints could impact sales for the remaining of 2020. For dealers wondering if the worst is behind us, and what lies ahead, this is a must-listen episode.
In this episode of Beltway Talk, Washington State Honda dealer and AIADA Chairman Jason Courter discusses what it's like operating a dealership at ground zero for COVID-19 in the United States. Listen to find out how he is tackling new restrictions on his stores, protecting his employees and customers, and keeping AIADA focused on its core mission in Washington, D.C.
Joanna Foust is North American Subaru's Vice President - Government Relations and a veteran of D.C.'s automotive universe. In this episode of Beltway Talk, Joanna explains why she considers herself both a lobbyist and an educator, what Subaru is doing to move it's mission forward in D.C., and how she sees the remainder of 2020 unfolding for the automaker and it's retailers.
AIADA President and CEO Cody Lusk joins the Beltway Talk podcast to discuss the auto industry's response to COVID-19, the relief coming from Congress, and what could, and should, happen next. It's been an eventful few weeks in Washington, D.C., and Cody takes us through what has taken place to date and how the federal government and the auto retail industry might intersect in the coming months.
Broadcasting from her home, Beltway Talk host Hannah Oliver discusses the 2020 outlook for the dealership buy-sell market with guest Erin Kerrigan, Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisor to auto dealers in the U.S. Armed with her latest Blue Sky Report, Kerrigan covers how dealership transactions performed in 2019, the challenges dealers face today, and her outlook for the months to come - including what brands and stores can best expect to weather the COVID-19 storm. After listening, if you have questions for Erin, please contact her here: info@kerriganadvisors.com.
Anna Schneider, Senior Vice President, Industry-Government Relations at Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., has a lot to say in this episode of Beltway Talk. Along with host Hannah Oliver, Anna covers everything from what it's like to work for a German company, how dealers can push back against a tariff threat, and what her goals are for VW in the New Year. With more than 25 years of auto industry experience, Anna knows the ins and outs of D.C.'s lobbying scene and has a wealth of experience to share.
Cox Automotive's Charlie Chesbrough joins AIADA's Beltway Talk podcast for his monthly round up of auto industry sales figures. In this episode, find out why more and more manufacturers are moving to a quarterly reporting pattern, why Toyota should be feeling good, and more.
Jennifer Thomas took over as Honda's Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Honda North America, Inc. in June. In her new position she oversees the company's legislative affairs, advocacy, and public policy efforts for state and federal matters. In this podcast, Jennifer discusses Honda's work inside the beltway, the important role dealers play in advancing business-friendly policies, and why she believes it's true: you meet the nicest people on a Honda.
In this episode, Cox Automotive's Charlie Chesbrough gives Beltway Talk listeners an overview of 2019 auto sales and a preview of what they can expect to see in 2020. Join us as we find out how car sales matched up against trucks, which luxury automakers saw a profitable December, and how Nissan's results were impacted by a global scandal.
Join 2019 AIADA Chairman Howard Hakes as he takes a look back at the ups and downs of his year as chairman, and what he sees as the challenges awaiting dealers in Washington, D.C., in 2020. Howard discusses trade, tariffs, and how vital dealer involvement has been to protecting dealer interests on Capitol Hill.
Cox Automotive's Charlie Chesbrough is joining AIADA's Beltway Talk podcast for his monthly round up of auto industry sales figures. In this episode, find out who is up and who is down in the U.S. auto market, as well as how incentives are playing a role, where fleet sales stand, and why dealers should be optimistic heading into the final weeks of 2019.
In this latest Beltway Talk we take the opportunity to pick the brain of Ed Lewis, Director of Public Policy Communications at Toyota. Ed gives us an update on Toyota's activity in Washington, D.C., and discusses trade, fuel regulations, and why Toyota's dealers are so critical to their mission as a company.
Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist and Senior Director of Industry Insights for Cox Automotive, is back with his reoccurring series of Beltway Talk podcasts analyzing the most recent monthly auto sales reports. In today’s episode, Charlie gives us an overview of October's numbers, explains why the sales pace may be slowing, and discusses what role incentives played in last month's results.
Charlie Chesbrough, Senior Economist and Senior Director of Industry Insights for Cox Automotive, is back with his reoccurring series of Beltway Talk podcasts analyzing the most recent monthly auto sales reports. In today’s episode, Charlie gives us an overview of September's generally positive numbers, talks about some dark clouds on the horizons, and explains why luxury car makers could be feeling nervous.
On Today's podcast we sit down with Erin Kerrigan, Managing Director of Kerrigan Advisors, the leading sell-side advisor and thought partner to auto dealers in the US. In the last five years, the firm has sold 79 dealerships, including five of the Top 100 Dealership Groups, representing over $1.5 billion in client sales proceeds – more than any other firm in the industry. Erin shares with us her latest Blue Sky Report, an overview of the current state of the buy-sell market, and her outlook for the months to come - including what big-picture issues could impact dealership values. After listening, if you have questions for Erin, please contact her here: info@kerriganadvisors.com.
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