NATM Board Elections

Posted By: Alex Stowe NATM News,

For 36 years NATM has been fortunate to be guided by committed, forward-thinking Boards of Directors. It is these visionary boards that pushed for the development of the Compliance Verification Program, determined the need for government affairs representation in Washington DC, and incorporated trailer dealers into the Association through the Dealer Affiliate program, and developed fiscal policies that ensured NATM had the reserves to weather recessions and even the pandemic. 

NATM’s Board of Directors is composed of 17 to 18 individuals (this variance in size is related to Board terms as dictated by the Bylaws), 12-13 trailer manufacturers, four suppliers or service providers to the industry, and one tow vehicle OEM. These individuals are nominated by their peers and before advancing to the ballot, each nominee’s qualifications, including industry experience and participation in the Association, are reviewed by the Nomination Committee and a slate of candidates is prepared for election by the membership. This year also sees the addition of a non-voting seat for an NATM Trailer Dealer Affiliate, as nominated and appointed by the Board of Directors.

Split into three classes with rolling term expirations, roughly 1/3 of Board seats are up for election each year. The 2024-2027 term of the NATM Board of Directors, as elected by the membership will include the return of Andy Derr (M.H. Eby) and Rick Huddleston (White River Marine Group) as well as new Board members Deborah Edwards (Steelpoint), Logan Mesenbrink (Lane Trailer), Dustin Smith (Optronics International), and Steven Aiuto (General Motors). The Board of Directors has also selected Chris Lago (All American Trailer Connection) to serve as the non-voting NATM Trailer Dealer Affiliate.

These new Board members officially joined their peers on February 12, 2024. The Association is looking forward to continuing its work with these new and returning board members! As always, the NATM Board of Directors is interested in and open to member feedback. While members are encouraged to reach out to staff with ideas about how to improve the Association, Board members are also available to the members to discuss!

NATM Board of Directors at the 2024 NATM Convention & Trade Show