wednesday, april 2

8:30 a.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Grant & McKinley Room

Arrival and Continental Breakfast

Attendees should make their own way to the Capitol Hill Club (located at 300 First Street, SE, directly across the street from the Capitol South Orange line Metro stop). The Metro, taxi cabs, and Uber (an app-based car service) are all good transportation options. A continental breakfast will be available. The program will start promptly at 9:00 a.m.

9-10 a.m.

Capitol Hill Club,

Grant & McKinley Room

Welcoming Remarks, Government Affairs Program Update, and Legislative Briefing

Associated Equipment Distributor's (AED) and North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) leaders review fly-in objectives and brief attendees on the status of the organization's current policy priorities.

Mark Romer, President, James River Equipment & AED Government Affairs Committee Chairman

Blaine Bingham, Far West Equipment Dealers Association, NAEDA Board Chairman

Brian McGuire, President & CEO, AED

Rick Lawhun, President & CEO, NAEDA

Christian A. Klein, Vice President of Government Affairs & Washington Counsel, AED

10-11 a.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Grant & McKinley Room

Infrastructure Policy Roundtable

Panelists will discuss top infrastructure policy issues, including the state of the federal highway program, the progress of reauthorization, what AED and NAEDA members must do to restore the Highway Trust Fund's solvency, and encouraging public-private partnerships to finance water infrastructure projects.

Christian A. Klein, Vice President of Government Affairs & Washington Counsel, AED (moderator)

Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Vice Chairman, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Jim Tymon, Director of Program Finance and Management, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

Janet Kavinoky, Executive Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Vice President American's for Transportation Mobility Coalition

Bruce Morgan, Co-Director, Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition, and President, Water Policy Associates

11-11:15 a.m.

Networking Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Grant & McKinley Room

Tax Reform Roundtable

Washington, D.C. is abuzz at the prospect of tax reform. Lawmakers and lobbyists share their insights about what's likely to happen and what's at stake for equipment distributors in the process.

Christian A. Klein, Vice President of Government Affairs & Washington Counsel, AED (moderator)

Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), Member, House Ways & Means Committee & Chief Deputy Republican Whip

Jade West, Senior Vice President for Government Relations, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

Chris Myers, Manager of Federal Affairs, Caterpillar

David Franasiak, Principal, Williams & Jensen

12:15-2 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Pennsylvania & Texas Room

Government Affairs Luncheon

A New Path Forward

As a leading member of the House Appropriations Committee, former Rep. Steve LaTourette experienced the political dysfunction on Capitol Hill firsthand and retired from Congress in 2012, in part due to his frustration with the breakdown of the process. He now runs the Republican Main Street Coalition, a political group supported by AED that works to elect pragmatic GOP candidates to Congress.

Hon. Steve LaTourette, Chairman, Republican Main Street Coalition, former U.S. Representative (R-OH)

2-3 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Grant & McKinley Room

Regulatory Roundtable

Policy experts discuss hot regulatory topics that affect dealer costs of doing business and product markets, including Obamacare implementation, driver hours of service rules, EPA overreach, and labor issues.

Daniel B. Fisher, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Associated Counsel, AED (moderator)

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Chairman, House Small Business Committee

Amanda Austin, Director of Federal Policy, National Federation of Independent Business

Geoffrey Burr, Vice President of Federal Affairs, Associated Builders & Contractors

3-3:30 p.m.

Networking Break

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Grant & McKinley Room

Breakout Session 1: Energy Roundtable

Panelists will discuss the economic outlook and policy issues surrounding coal, natural gas, tight oil and renewables – and how their impacts on end markets in power generation, transportation, manufacturing inputs and exports will affect production and infrastructure development.

Daniel B. Fisher, Senior Director of Government Affairs & Associated Counsel, AED (moderator)

Rep. Doug Lamborn, Chairman, House Energy & Mineral Resources Subcommittee

Toby Mack, President & CEO, Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance

Lisa Ceglia, Director, American Petroleum Institute

Quentin Riegel, Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, National Association of Manufacturers

3:30-4:30 p.m.

121 Cannon House Office Building

Breakout Session 2: Agriculture Roundtable

A leading lawmaker and policy experts discuss the farm bill and the future of agriculture policy in the country.

Mike Williams, Vice President of Government Relations, NAEDA (moderator)

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), Member, House Agriculture Committee

Nick Yaksich, Vice President of Global Policy, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Director of Congressional Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Caterpillar Washington Office Roof Deck

1425 K Street, N.W.

Equipment Industry Government Affairs Reception

Enjoy refreshments with equipment industry leaders and construction industry Washington representatives. Afterwards, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the area's outstanding restaurants

thursday, april 3

8-9 a.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Pennsylvania & Texas Room

AED Members: AED Political Action Committee Breakfast

You hear a lot about how AED invests your PAC contributions, but our annual PAC breakfast is an opportunity to see for yourself. Sit down with members of Congress from key committees who have received AED PAC support during the current election cycle. Talk to them about the issues affecting your markets and costs of doing business and get a first-hand perspective about what's happening on the Hill and in the political trenches "back home".

Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Member, House Energy & Commerce Committee

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure and Small Business Committees

Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), Member, House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Member, House Energy & Commerce Committee

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure, Oversight & Government Reform, Homeland Security, and Ethics Committees

Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure, Budget, and Agriculture Committees

Please note: While no AED PAC contribution is required to participate in the breakfast, only AED members whose companies have given AED PAC solicitation consent in accordance with the Federal Election Campaign Act may attend. Go online to confirm your company has given approval, or contact AED's Government Affairs Office at or 703.739.9513.

8-9 a.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Roosevelt & Taft Suite

NAEDA Members: Trade Briefing Breakfast

NAEDA members will meet for breakfast to discuss trade issues affecting the agricultural sector.
David Thomas, Trade Benefits America Coalition and Vice President for Trade Policy, Business Round Table

9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill

Taking it to the Hill: Meetings with Lawmakers

Attendees meet with representatives, senators, and congressional staff. While you are responsible for making your own appointments, AED and NAEDA staff are available to assist.

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Pennsylvania & Texas Room

The Equipment Industry War Room

While you're on the Hill fighting the good fight, be sure to stop by the "War Room" as your schedule permits to share intelligence, adjust messaging based on meeting feedback, ask questions, resupply materials, and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. A buffet lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Club

Pennsylvania & Texas Room

A New View from the Hill

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), Member, House Budget and Transportation & Infrastructure Committees

Rep. Williams, a former automobile dealer elected to Congress in 2012, will discuss his decision to enter politics, the political atmosphere on Capitol Hill, and what level-headed members of Congress like him are doing to bridge the gap between political parties.

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Room

2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Congressional Reception

After a busy and productive day, join us for refreshments with members of Congress, congressional staff, and industry allies.


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