“Membership in a reputable organization like the IEDA gives me an opportunity to expand and grow my business in a way I had not envisioned.”
The ability of the IEDA to promote participation, professionalism and advancement in the independent distribution of heavy equipment depends solely on the support of its members. The IEDA is a non-profit trade association developed in 2002 to support Independent Equipment Dealers worldwide.
Ned Connolly, Past President of the IEDA, shared these thoughts on the value of the IEDA.
“The IEDA, if used properly, can be a conduit for any number of opportunities and challenges. We “traders” have a tendency to stay within a very small circle of other traders. The IEDA provides a vehicle for widening and broadening our sphere of influence beyond where we would normally go.
Being independently owned and operated provides each of us with incredible flexibility both professionally and personally. It also represents considerable risk. We individually and collectively encounter any number of issues with which we have little to no experience and find more often than not that we are recreating the wheel. The IEDA membership provides a wealth of information from an incredibly diverse group of professionals. This wealth of information is free for the asking from all members. The topics and areas of challenge run the gamut from import/export questions, to title lien issues, to EPA to machine application…and on and on.
The IEDA has provided support on any number of issues pertinent to our industry, most recently and specifically EPA certifications and suit brought by Caterpillar against companies within our ranks. Moving forward, the IEDA Board of Directors will continue working to enhance benefits to IEDA members and to provide networking opportunities that will further relationship building among the group.”
In this industry, we as “traders” have a tendency to stay within a very small circle of other traders. The IEDA provides a vehicle for widening and broadening our sphere of influence beyond where we would normally go.
- Ned Connolly, The Tractor Company
If getting to know the members of this organization isn’t worth $1000 a year, I am in the wrong business!
-Buzzy Keith, USA Machinery
I have been on the Board of Directors of the IEDA for the past 3 years and have more than paid for those years of membership in the money I have saved by knowing the right people. There is incredible value in connections made with good people through the IEDA.
- Michael Cunningham, Excel Equipment
At Prima, strong sound ethics is critical and the IEDA is an organization that continues to support our core values. We pride ourselves in knowing we can rely on our fellow members for their opinions, their guidance, their integrity and always an honest assessment of any situation.
- Jim Seale, Prima International Trading
The IEDA promotes honesty and integrity in an industry where the value of a handshake and a man’s word are quickly declining. Being on the Board of Directors of the IEDA, I am honored to be part of the driving force of an organization fighting to bring “trust” back into business.
-Penn McMichael, Tarheel Machinery
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