The National Conference of Motorcycle Dealer Associations, a new non-profit organization formed to provide networking for state dealer associations, held its first meeting Nov. 15 in Dallas.
Founders are Mike Marks representing Texas; John Paliwoda, California; Robert Skrab, Florida; Charles Finley, Virginia; and Wayne Jones, Utah. Ed Lemco serves as initial Executive Director, assisted by Karen Rasmussen.
Lemco says the organization will work to strengthen existing associations and assist in the formation of new ones. A great emphasis will be updating state franchise laws that protect franchised retail operators, he said.
The new organization stems from a five-year-long informal series of meetings held under the banner of the Motorcycle Trade Association Executives. The registered agent and legal representative is Robert Bass, Esg. of the law firm Myers and Fuller P.A. Bass and his firm have extensive experience representing automobile and motorcycle dealers and state dealer associations. They have provided support and counsel on franchise legislation in a number of states. Firm founder Dan Myers Esg., has a national reputation as a staunch dealer advocate.
A formal meeting to ratify or amend bylaws, as well as elect an executive committee will be held in the spring. Representative of all states are invited, and each qualified state is automatically a member of the organization. There will be no money collected from dealers or state associations, as these funds are needed for state activities.
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