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Welcome to the WEDA Connect podcast series where we explore all the hot topics affecting the equipment dealer industry, from industry news, government affairs and manufacturer relations combined with business best practices, technology and marketing for equipment dealers. Brought to you by the Western Equipment Dealers Association – here to Advocate, Elevate and Educate.
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John Schmeiser, CEO of the Western Equipment Dealers Association, gives us an update on what is happening in Ottawa.  Also a rundown of some of the Western Equipment Dealers Association's planned government affairs activities for 2021.  
Part 3 - WEDA’s State of Workforce Development Survey.Association CEO John Schmeiser discusses more key findings in the last of this three-part series. The Western Equipment Dealers Association conducted an invitation-only survey of key CEOs, shareholders, and senior managers to learn more about the state of workforce development. The intent was to find how deep the talent pool was with future managers and what the needs were and what challenges dealers faced in this important area. In this three-part series of podcasts, we review the results of the survey and share the short-term, long-term, and skill development needs that are top of mind in the industry.
Part 2 - WEDA’s State of Workforce Development Survey.Association CEO John Schmeiser discusses key findings in part two of this three-part series. The Western Equipment Dealers Association conducted an invitation-only survey of key CEOs, shareholders, and senior managers to learn more about the state of workforce development. The intent was to find how deep the talent pool was with future managers and what the needs were and what challenges dealers faced in this important area. In this three-part series of podcasts, we review the results of the survey and share the short-term, long-term, and skill development needs that are top of mind in the industry. 
Part 1-WEDA’s State of Workforce Development Survey. Association CEO John Schmeiser reacts to what the survey revealed in part one of this three-part series. The Western Equipment Dealers Association conducted an invitation-only survey of key CEOs, shareholders, and senior managers to learn more about the state of workforce development. The intent was to find how deep the talent pool was with future managers and what the needs were and what challenges dealers faced in this important area. In this three-part series of podcasts, we review the results of the survey and share the short-term, long-term, and skill development needs that are top of mind in the industry. 
In this episode of the Legislative Landscape, Eric Wareham, VP of Government Affairs for WEDA discusses the transition of power to the Biden Administration and the flurry of activity with new sessions beginning in states.  Right to Repair continues to be a hot topic in state sessions with new tactics to try to push the legislation through.
John Schmeiser, CEO for the Western Equipment Dealers Association. Caps off 2020 with a year in review, intending to point out some of the significant political and government events of the past year that have impacted our country, government, businesses, and lives. 
In this episode, John Schmeiser, CEO for the Western Equipment Dealers Association discusses the Federal Government’s Fall Economic Statement.In lieu of a federal budget, the statement was provided to address the ongoing effects and the Government response to the COVID-19 pandemic & most notably for our equipment dealer members, the government has announced a number of emergency business supports. 
In this edition, Eric Wareham, Vice President of Government Affairs for WEDA, talks about recent Treasury guidance on PPP forgiveness, renewed interest in the right to repair movement, and how we are gearing up for an interesting 2021 legislative session.
In this edition of Legislative Landscape, John Schmeiser, CEO of the Western Equipment Dealers Association addresses the impact that the U.S. election results may have on Canada.
In this episode, Eric Wareham, VP of Government Affairs for WEDA discusses the upcoming election which is one of the most closely scrutinized races in history.
Lien Issues

Lien Issues

2020-10-1408:58

Few things in the equipment industry generate as much discussion (or fear) as lien laws. When most people think about these laws, their thoughts are rarely good. There are so many horror stories about lien laws that some people refer to them as paper terrorism. However, when UCC filings are properly executed, they’re worth their weight in gold, especially to an equipment dealer. The Western Equipment Dealers Association has done a lot of work to provide dealers with guidance and access to tools to help them make sure the equipment they take in for trade from customers is free and clear of security interests, that no creditor is going to claim otherwise. But there’s another twist in this process, which has led to an opinion from the association’s legal counsel and this involves equipment purchased by a dealer from another dealer. Association CEO John Schmeiser explains in this edition of WEDA Connect. 
In this episode, John Schmeiser CEO of WEDA addresses Right to Repair (R2R) and the modifying of farm equipment.
Homing in on the upcoming election, in this episode, WEDA Vice President of Government Affairs, Eric Wareham, will focus on the policies garnering less attention but have more of an immediate effect on our industry.
In this episode, John Schmeiser CEO of WEDA discusses the Canadian governments response to the COVID-19 pandemic, continued border measures, a conditional deal for a COVID vaccine, and the potential of a forced election.
In this episode, Eric Wareham, VP of Government Affairs for WEDA discusses the fate of the federal phase IV relief package, right to repair on the move in Montana, and vulnerability of equipment sales tax exemptions due to state budget deficits.
WEDA has long sought the harmonization of dealer protection statutes to ensure there is one consistent set of rules in the market place. With this in mind, WEDA had lobbied the Alberta government, encouraging them to update their legislation with neighboring jurisdictions. Earlier this year, the province of Alberta followed through by adopting many of WEDA’s recommendation. WEDA CEO John Schmeiser provides some background on the most significant changes impacting dealers in the province.
In this episode, Eric Wareham WEDA VP of Government Affairs discusses the HEALS Act introduced by Senate Republicans, PPP renewals, phase IV relief package from the House, funding directed to USDA, and emerging issues regarding right to repair.
Connecting pieces of farm and construction equipment or implements from different manufacturers has been a long-standing practice that has been accepted within the industry over the past 100 years. As the language in the new USMCA is being finalized, WEDA has partnered with other associations in raising the issue to ensure that this connectivity will continue with the new trade agreement. John Schmeiser, CEO of WEDA provides an update on their lobbying efforts. 
In this episode, Eric Wareham VP of Government Affairs for WEDA discusses the legislative landscape amid COVID-19 and issues that may face dealers as state budgets waver. He also discusses Right to Repair which continues to pop up amongst some state legislators.
In this episode, WEDA CEO John Schmeiser discusses the Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey and how dealers, dealer associations, and manufacturers use the survey to improve the relationship between dealers and manufacturers.
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