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.
2022 Fly In Report
In this episode of Beltway Talk AIADA Chairman John Connelly takes a look back at AIADA's Washington, D.C., spring Fly In. Together with host Libby Newman he discusses why he's bullish on auto retailing in the United States, why he hates seeing customers in his F&I waiting room, and why Capitol Hill feels different these days. John also discusses highlights from the Fly-In including remarks from his fellow Cincinnatian and former Speaker of the House John Boehner and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
Time to Fight Back
AIADA Chairman Steve Gates sits down in our podcast studios to discuss how the year has taken shape and why union-only EV tax credits has dealers getting engaged and fighting back on Capitol Hill. He discusses the impact of such a provision on both individual stores and the industry at large. For his stores: "At a $4500 disadvantage? I don't think we'd ever sell an EV."
What’s the Big Deal About EV Tax Credits?
AIADA board member and Ohio auto dealer John Connelly joins the Beltway Talk podcast to discuss his career as a criminal-lawyer-turned-auto-dealer, the value of advocacy, and why he needs fellow dealers to pay attention to Washington's latest scheme to single out certain EVs for special tax credit treatment. Connelly highlights why it matters to lawmakers when dealers speak up and what he likes about being a dealer.
By the Numbers: International Automakers and Dealers Are Moving America Forward
AIADA President and CEO Cody Lusk and Autos Drive America President and CEO Jennifer Safavian join Beltway Talk to discuss the latest figures from the 2021 Economic Impact Report: International Automakers and Dealers in America. Lusk and Safavian highlight the role the international auto industry plays in the U.S. economy, explain why trade is crucial for our industry, and discuss how proposed EV tax credits aimed at unionized factories will do more harm than good to the American auto industry.
The State of the Auto Retail Industry: A Conversation with Steve Shannon
Steve Shannon, former vice president of marketing at Hyundai Motor America and current advisor for Podium, joins Beltway Talk to discuss the trends and factors he sees in the auto retail space in 2021 and beyond. Listen in to hear his take on digital retailing, communicating with customers, EVs, and more.
How to be a Dealer Advocate
In this 50th episode of Beltway Talk, Ashley Burch, AIADA’s Senior Manager of Grassroots & Advocacy, once again dials in to discuss AIADA's Dealer Visit Program. She emphasizes the importance of bringing lawmakers to dealerships so that they can see firsthand the investment dealers make in their districts, and the brand-new opportunities AIADA has made available to help dealers jump start their advocacy efforts.
Great New Podcast
Really enjoyed the perspective. The perfect cross-section for cars and politics.