New location set for EMDA’s 2018 Spring Management Workshop

As announced at EMDA’s Corporate Annual Meeting last November in Houston, the EMDA Board decided to postpone holding the Spring Management Workshop meeting in Puerto Rico for a year or two to let them recover from the affects of hurricane Maria.

We are pleased to announce the new destination for the 2018 Spring Management Workshop – The Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.  The meeting dates are the same as originally announced: April 6 & 7, 2018. The resort is located about 30 miles from Tampa International Airport (TPA); and about 20 miles from St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

The EMDA Board is working on the agenda for the Spring meeting and will announce the program soon.

Experience paradise at the Sirata Beach Resort: Sand, Sea and Something for Everyone

Almost nothing compares to the sparkling white sand setting of the gulf side St. Pete Beach, Florida resort hotel. That’s why it’s such a popular location for everything from family friendly vacations to destination weddings. Newly renovated, comfortable guestrooms and suites with stunning water views await. There are a variety of activities including three beachfront swimming pools, beach volleyball, beachfront fire pits, a fitness center, Wi-Fi and so much more. Great food and good fun are steps away at three dining options with two beachfront bars.

The Sirata Beach Resort offers 382 beachfront rooms including 170 one-bedroom suites. Each of these upscale St. Pete Beach accommodations comes with an array of inviting amenities and plenty of space to stretch out and relax. Many of the rooms and suites feature water views, a patio, or a balcony. Every guestroom offers Wi-Fi access, cable TV, a refrigerator, and a comfortable layout.

The focal point of any visit to St. Petersburg, Florida is the beach — and all the exciting activities and attractions that come with it. But there’s plenty to see, do and explore aside from the gulfside and Sirata’s exciting on-site amenities. The hotel’s location in the Tampa Bay area allows for easy access to professional sports venues, major theme parks, acclaimed zoos, and well-known art museums, among other attractions. Whether you are seeking culture, family fun, or exciting events, Sirata has you covered.

Mark your calendars and join us for EMDA’s 2018 Spring Management Workshop in St. Pete Beach! 



Mark Tibbitts nominated for election to EMDA Board of Directors

Mark Tibbitts, Vice President, General Implement Distributors, Salt Lake City, Utah, has been nominated for election to the EMDA Board of Directors. The election will take place at the Association’s Corporate Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, November 8, 2017.

Tibbitts was selected by the Nominations Committee chaired by Wayne Barber, President, DFK Equipment Sales, Inc., St. Marys, Ontario Canada, and committee members Trey Price, VP-Ag Division, Price Bros. Equipment Co., Wichita, Kansas, and Bobby Hadskey, President, Short Line Sales, Memphis, Tennessee.

Mark grew up on a small family farm in Kaysville, Utah with 4 brothers and 1 sister. The farm grew crops such as Alfalfa, Wheat, and Oats and always had Horses and cows to take care of. Marks farm experience didn’t end there as he could often be found volunteering at several of the local dairies during milking or working the custom farming operation earning extra money.

At the age of 15 Mark took a job at a local small engine repair shop where he honed his skills as a small engine mechanic. He would work in that industry for approximately 10 years during which he took over as the shop manager. It was at the end of this time period that Mark was interviewed for a Job with General Implement and in January 2005 was hired as a Management Trainee. In late 2006 an opportunity became available to move to Boise and in January 2007 Mark and his family made the move. For 7 years it has been his privilege to work with not only a top notch team, but a tremendous group of customers.

In 2014 Mark was promoted to Vice President of Sales where he works closely with 15 salesmen and the manufacturers that General Implement has the privilege to represent.

Mark earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, completing the degree in the spring of 2013.

Mark has been supported in these endeavors by his wife of 16 years, Cristin, and their three daughters Kaleigh (15), Reese (11), and Harper (2). His family has been a major part of his success and their time together is something he values above everything else. Mark is an avid outdoorsman and can be found Mountain Biking, Backcountry Snowmobiling, Fishing, Scuba Diving, and Backpacking.

EMDA Board members are elected for a three-year term, and are eligible to serve two terms. The EMDA Nominations Committee also proposed the re-election to the Board of Jenni Edney, Vice President, Edney Distributing Co., Inc., Lakeville, Minnesota, to serve as 1st Vice President.

Current Board members serving terms through 2018 include: Ron Chandler, Partner, Becknell Wholesale Co., Inc., Lubbock, Texas, who will serve as Treasurer; and Steve Prouty, McNeil Marketing Company, Albany, Oregon, who will serve as 2nd Vice President.

Board members serving terms through 2019 include: Jerry Nettles, Short Line Sales, Memphis, Tennessee, who will serve as President and then Treasurer; and Kent Zimmerman, VP, Ag Sales Manager, John Day Co., Omaha, Nebraska, who will serve as Secretary and then 2nd Vice President.

EMDA Treasurer, Wayne Barber, President, DFK Equipment Sales, Inc., St. Marys, Ontario Canada, will have completed his term of service on the EMDA Board and will not be eligible for re-election.

The EMDA Bylaws were amended in fall, 2010, to add an Associate Delegate to the Board of Directors. Associate Delegates to the Board serve a two-year term. Jamie Beisch, Sales and Marketing Manager, Elston Manufacturing, Inc., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was elected in 2016 and will serve his final term as Associate Delegate in 2018.

Under the provisions of EMDA’s Bylaws, nominations for election to the Board are from the Nominations Committee or by any 10 or more member firms who prepare and file a written nomination signed by all nominators (and accompanied by the written consent of the nominee or nominees to serve if elected) with the EMDA Board of Directors or EMDA’s Executive Vice President at least 30 days prior to the Association’s Annual Meeting.

The EMDA Board of Directors meets during the Fall Convention and once during the Spring. The Board also participates in several conference calls over the course of the membership year. ###

EMDA’s Convention app is live

All EMDA Convention registrants were sent an email invitation this morning to download EMDA’s new Convention App by Whova – and as of just a few minutes ago, almost 15% have already downloaded it. And a list of attendees for the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) convention will be added to the app this evening.

With the app, you’ll be able to:

  • Explore the professional profiles of event speakers, attendees, and exhibitors
  • Send in-app messages and exchange contact info
  • Network and find attendees with common affiliations, educations, shared networks, and social profiles
  • Receive update notifications from organizers
  • Access the event agenda, GPS guidance, maps, and parking directions at your fingertips

Our new Convention App by Whova helps you with smart networking by planning whom to meet with and what to talk about prior to events. The Business Card Reader digitizes any paper business card with one snapshot and gathers job history, professional connections, and much more. The Business Card Exchanger allows you to easily exchange digital business cards with others through a one-click process.

Check out this tutorial to get the most out of the App:


EMDA Fall Convention mobile app coming soon!

The EMDA Board is proud to offer attendees a Fall Convention App to enhance this year’s event. When you download the EMDA app, you’ll have access to features including:

  • Personalized Agenda with Real-time Event Alerts
  • Business Card Scanning and Electronic Exchange (request with just a click)
  • Interactive Maps of the Hyatt Regency Houston
  • 1×1 and Group Chat
  • Exhibitor Profiles for Attendees
  • Lead Management for Exhibitors
  • Searchable Notetaking
  • Fun Event Surprises!

To stay in the loop, registered EMDA convention attendees, FEMA members, and Industry Showcase Exhibitors can download the app from the iTunes Store or GooglePlay. Watch for an email with details and a link.

Once you have the app on your phone, you’ll be able to add your contact information and business card. Data Privacy Note: this app is built on the Whova platform which securely stores your contact information but does not collect credit card or other financial information.

If you haven’t registered to attend the EMDA Fall Convention yet, there’s still time! Just complete and return the registration form to and you’ll be all set.

Stay connected and join our online community by using #EMDAhouston in your social media posts. See you in Houston.

Not too late to register for EMDA’s Fall Convention in Houston!

Reminder emails were sent out yesterday about registration for the rapidly approaching EMDA Fall Convention – the meeting will be held November 7-9 at the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel.

One deadline is coming up pretty fast – Thursday, October 5 is the cut-off date for hotel reservations. After that date, reservations can only be made based on availability.

Take a look at the schedule and complete and return your registration form soon to ensure you get our convention rate at the Hyatt.

Hope to see you in Houston! #EMDAhouston

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