As of January 31, 2019, all unpaid memberships are considered past due.
Membership renewals for 2019 have been mailed, and the main contact for your company has received several email notices as well. If you would like to confirm who your main contact is, please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew or call NATM at (785) 272-4433. You can also log into the Members Only portal of www.NATM.com and select the “Update Your Contact Information” link to make edits instantly to this information.
In addition to paying your membership dues by check or over the phone by credit card, you are also able to pay online using the Members Only portal at www.NATM.com. Once you are logged in using your company’s login credentials, select “Pay My Bills.” If you need your credentials, or have any questions during this process, please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew.
NATM is committed to improving the compliance program, delivering safety education and information, increasing consumer awareness about the importance of buying compliant trailers, providing opportunities for member input, and continuing to develop relationships with key decision makers on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies to advocate for industry needs.
NATM, the Board of Directors, committees, and staff are working diligently to provide more value to members, and we look forward to working with you in 2019. We sincerely hope that you will allow us to continue to serve your needs and provide value to your organization.
Please contact NATM Membership & Education Director Kelli Maydew if you have any questions at (785) 272-4433 or email Kelli.Maydew@natm.com
After a slow start and the complications of a several week partial government shutdown, the 116th Congress has taken shape. Committee assignments have been established and the new Congress includes 30 incoming members to the key committees of jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure issues. If your Representative or Senator is featured on these lists and you are interested in inviting them to tour your facility, please contact Meghan Ryan at NATM headquarters.
A wave of retirements, electoral defeats, and a shifting majority brings 16 new Democratic members to the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I), as well as eight new members on the Republican side of the aisle. Below are the newest faces to the House T&I committee rosters.
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation welcomes both a new Chair and Ranking Member, with Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) taking the gavel from newly elevated Majority Whip John Thune, and Senator Maria Cantwell replacing the recently defeated Senator Bill Nelson. In addition, the committee welcomes three new members:
Darrell Conner is a Government Affairs Counselor, Dennis Potter is a Government Affairs Advisor, and Brody Garland is a Government Affairs Specialist at the law and lobbying firm of K&L Gates, where they represent NATM and other clients on legislative, regulatory, policy and political matters. Conner can be reached at Darrell.Conner@klgates.com, Potter can be reached at Dennis.Potter@klgates.com, and Garland can be reached at Brody.Garland@klgates.com.
After two years serving at the helm, NATM President Patrick Jennissen says his goodbyes to the NATM Membership
Thank you to everyone that attended the recent NATM Convention & Trade Show! For those of you unable to attend the NATM Annual Membership Luncheon, I recently stepped down from President to Past President, and I am entrusting Owen Shelton in my stead.
I would like to use this chance to reflect on my time spent on the NATM Board of Directors and attempt to thank the many people that made this experience great. The mission of NATM is to promote trailer safety and the success of the trailer manufacturing industry through education and advocacy, and I am proud to say that the current performance of our Association is meeting those goals.
There are many reasons that I am proud of what NATM accomplished over the last two years, including the first Trailer Safety Week that took place across the nation and online June 3-9, 2018. Although 2018 brought new challenges because of tariffs, NATM still made great strides in our government affairs efforts with productive meetings on Capitol Hill, and a record-breaking seven legislative plant tours in which NATM members hosted members of Congress to visit their facilities and discuss the issues facing the light- and medium-duty trailer industry.
I believe in what NATM is trying to achieve, and because of that, I became involved on various committees and eventually joined the Board of Directors. I spent enough time volunteering on the board to become familiar with the Association, its mission and its members that once it was my time to serve as president, I realized the position of president of NATM was not intimidating, but instead rewarding. In addition to the Association’s successes, I would also like to note that I have had a gratifying experience personally.
Working with the board and committees and serving with such an impressive group of leaders has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. Volunteering on these committees was not only about what I could contribute but was also a learning experience for me in association management, strategic planning and regulatory issues and I look forward to continuing as past president and serving on the executive, finance, convention and government affairs committees.
I would like to encourage those that have reservations about getting involved to go ahead and join this great group of volunteers and serve on a committee or on the NATM Board. Each committee requires varying commitments of time and draws on expertise in a wide range of subject matter, from technical to education. It’s a great opportunity not only to support the industry, but also to grow professionally and learn more about the industry. NATM staff and board members are more than willing to coach new volunteers and help them settle into their role. Although committees have been set for 2019, if you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to NATM Executive Director Kendra Ansley at Kendra.Ansley@natm.com or at (785) 272-4433.
I am proud to be a small part of the accomplishments that the Association made during my tenure. Throughout my career, I have utilized the NATM’s conventions, meetings and publications to increase my knowledge of the trailer industry and have applied that knowledge to improve my company in ways I never could have imagined. I am pleased that NATM continues to be “the premier” Association for our industry.
I would like to thank the many people that made this experience gratifying. Thank you to all the members that make this Association a possibility. If it wasn’t for all of you, the compliance program and our work to improve the safety of the industry would not be possible.
Those that took a step further to attend the convention, volunteer on a committee or attend the Regulatory Roundup also deserve recognition. It is only with your commitment and support that we will raise awareness of our industry and continue to improve trailer safety and the success of the industry.
Very little would be possible without a strong staff to keep the day-to-day operations running smoothly. Executive Director Kendra Ansley, and the NATM staff have continued to serve the needs of members and improve benefits and services. The NATM staff has evolved into an extremely dedicated and dynamic unit that is capable and enthusiastic about adding value to your business through regular communication, new and updated resources, and beyond. I encourage all of you to be active in the Association and to provide additional input so that NATM is strong and of value to you.
Thank you for a wonderful two years,