Twelve Georgia dealers attended a meeting December 15 to form a State Dealer Association. The meeting was sponsored by the newly formed National Council of Motorcycle Dealer Associations (NCMDA) and moderated by Ed Lemco.
Founding Members of the new Georgia Motorcycle Dealers Association are Jimmy Westray, Gainesville Motor Sports; Jim Brannon, Freewheeling Honda Suzuki; Ricky Patterson, Freewheeling Douglasville; Mark Hulsey, Earl Small's Harley-Davidson and Harley-Davidson of Cartersville; Don Bryan, Harley-Davidson of Clayton County; Chuck Harrison, Harley-Davidson of Clayton County; Dann Sullivan, Killer Creek Harley-Davidson; Ken Shiver, Millennium Cycle Works; Rod Stuckey, MotoSports Honda Jonesboro/Canton; Ryan Hardwick, Mountain Adventures; Wallace Barron, Atlanta Motor World; Bo Bobbitt, Cycle Speciality; and Jim Nuckolls, Cycle World of Athens.
Priorities for the new association will include franchise protection, and enacting legislation or administrative regulations requiring the DMV registration of off-road vehicles and ATVs. Currently, out of state dealers are able to sell Georgia residents these vehicles without having to collect the 7% sales tax Georgia dealers are required to collect.
Kerima Haynes, a professional association manager working with Association Management Resource Center, was retained to organize and formalize the establishment of the association. Haynes says she intends to have bylaws and other necessary paperwork filed prior to the NCMDA's National Convention, scheduled for January 28 in Orlando. The first formal meeting for the Georgia Motorcycle Dealers Association is planned for February.
To learn more about the Georgia Motorcycle Dealers Association, call 404/226-2134. For more information on the National Council of Motorcycle Dealer Associations, call 340/719-8591.
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