From The Chairman’s Perspective
Annual Meeting for PDAC
The Powersports Dealers Association of Colorado held its annual membership meeting on Wednesday August 20, 2008. We had our best turnout ever of member dealers, industry associate members and potential dealer members. It was gratifying to see the increased level of interest among Colorado dealers and other representatives of organizations tied to the retail powersports industry. Now, we hope we can convert that interest into some new members for PDAC!
At the meeting, we reviewed the association’s financial status. As a reminder, all dues are collected by our accounting firm and monthly financial statements are reviewed by PDAC officers and YTD statements are reviewed quarterly by the board of directors. All records of income and expenses are reviewed annually at the membership meeting.
Five members of the board of directors were elected to two year terms. They are: Brent Flambures of G-Force Powersports, Mike Hendry of Foothills BMW/Triumph, Donavon Facey of Xtreme Performance Center, Jack Star of RPM Motorsports and Duane Akiyama (Dave Burke) of Sun Enterprises. Directors with one year remaining on their terms are: Marshall Van Thorne of Interstate Honda, Kurt Finley of Colorado Powersports, Brian Harris of Fort Collins Motorsports, Steve Larson of Wild West Motorsports, Bill Comegys of Gran Prix Motorsports and Jason White of Fay Myers Motorcycle World.
In addition, the members asked that Lincoln Davis of Davis Service Center and Tom Grover of Handlebar Motorsports be invited to attend each board meeting for the next year in order to ensure that a western slope perspective continues to be provided to the board.
Members then discussed the range of planned and potential action items for the 2009 Colorado legislative session and upcoming regulatory matters, including limited use of off road powersports vehicles on public streets, roads and highways, increasing the GAP price ceiling, the clean up of scooter and motorized bicycle regulations, Sunday sales of motor vehicles, the further strengthening of franchise laws and the fundraising needs, activities and benefits of the association’s political action committee (PDAC PAC).
PDAC is currently engaged in fundraising for the PAC, PDAC’s legislative campaign fund organization. Over the last two years, the PAC has raised and contributed nearly $12,000, relying primarily on PDAC directors’ organizations for funding. Indeed, in the last two years the PAC has received $1,000 or more from Grand Prix, Fay Myers, Xtreme, Sun, Foothills BMW, Colorado Powersports, Fort Collins Motorsports, RPM and COHVCO. Also contributing at least $500 to the PAC have been Handlebar Motorsports, Wild West Motorsports and Interstate Honda.
PAC contributions are made to current and prospective Colorado legislators who have philosophies and beliefs about government that are compatible with the interests of a majority of our members. Often during the legislative session, it is extremely helpful that PDAC PAC has been an active participant in the campaigning process when we need help promoting, amending or opposing a piece of legislation that would impact our industry.
It’s often said that Mark Twain said, ""No man’s life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session."" We know he wasn’t taking about the Colorado legislature, but still the work of PDAC remains critically important through promoting or opposing certain legislation to create or maintain a stable environment in which retail powersports dealers can operate. The PDAC PAC is a vital part of that effort, one that we need to expand. I hope you’ll help by sending a contribution to: PDAC PAC c/o Kish Leake 5031 S. Ulster St. Suite 420 Denver, CO 80237.
This work and PDAC’s efforts to support its dealers was highlighted in a spirited discussion at the membership meeting about dealer/OEM relations. In its short life, the new powersports dealer licensing law has helped at least one dealer keep his franchise and another dealer to compel the manufacturer to follow the law in re-purchasing product once the franchise was terminated. PDAC has assisted these dealers and other members with resources and information regarding their rights under the new law.
PDAC’s work on legislative and state regulatory matters is comprehensive and devoted exclusively to the interests and concerns of retail powersports dealers. In the last four years, the organization has welcomed record numbers of dues-paying dealers, achieved a very professional level of financial transparency and accountability and successfully addressed a huge variety of issues of concern among powersports retailers in Colorado. Over the next year, we plan to build on that record and to provide even more value for members with an alliance with the Colorado Independent Automobile Dealers Association. Watch for more on that development soon.
Thank you for your support.