The podcast of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA) examines recent events in Washington, D.C., and how they impact the auto retail industry. From policy and legislative topics like trade and regulation, to trends in advocacy and social media, Beltway Talk will provide listeners with a regular overview of the political and legislative issues driving America’s auto dealers.
The Year That Was
AIADA chairman Jason Courter takes a look back at 2020 and his year at the helm of the association. In a period filled with challenges, Courter chooses to focus on the resilience of dealers. He discusses what it was like to watch the COVID-19 epidemic unfold in his own community in March, his efforts to keep his employees safe, and the one thing his father told him that guides his decision making even today.
Georgia’s On Her Mind
Following our eventful 2020 election cycle, AIADA's Vice President of Government Relations calls into the Beltway Talk studio to discuss the results. D.C. veteran Rachel Robinson breaks down the surprises she saw in the House, what remains to be decided in the Senate, and how the outcome of the presidential race could impact auto dealers. With all eyes on Georgia, Robinson, a Peach State native, walks you through the ins and out of our political landscape and gives you an insider's perspective of what the next four years may hold.
Q&A With NAMAD’s Damon Lester
Damon Lester, president of The National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD), joins Beltway Talk to discuss his organization's mission, the challenges they face, and his vision for a more inclusive auto retail industry. NAMAD celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and looks forward to many more decades of advocating for its members.
An Interview with the Interviewer
Audrey LaForest, Automotive News' government and lobbying reporter, takes a turn in the hot seat to tell listeners what it's like to cover the auto industry through a political lens. LaForest, who started her position in February, has reported on COVID-19 relief efforts, the new USMCA agreement, and a variety of regulatory issues impacting dealers. In this episode of BeltwayTalk , she talks about these topics and more - including her plans to move to D.C. and why she may already be driving her dream car.
Mid-Year Dealer Review with Cody Lusk
AIADA President and CEO Cody Lusk joins this episode of Beltway Talk to discuss AIADA's recent work on behalf of dealers this summer, why he's encouraged at how dealers are forging ahead and serving their communities in the midst of a pandemic, and what he sees through the rest of 2020.
Introducing Autos Drive America
Capitol Hill veteran Jennifer Safavian is leading a new association dedicated to international automaker operations in the U.S. In this episode of Beltway Talk, Jennifer answers our questions about Autos Drive America - and explains what's driving her to ensure that the international nameplate industry is fairly represented in Washington, D.C.
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Great New Podcast
Really enjoyed the perspective. The perfect cross-section for cars and politics.