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2017 Next Gen Statehouse Day

2017 Next Gen Statehouse Day

2017 next gen statehouse day
Pictured above: 22 Next Gen Dealers from Ohio on the steps inside the Statehouse

COLUMBUS, OH- On March 7th, 22 Next Gen Dealers from around the state came to Columbus to lobby legislators. They did a fantastic job in over 28 meetings with legislators. It was a full day on Capitol Square to say the least. The 22 Next Gen Dealers represent dealerships that combined have over 3,500 employees, collect over $114 million in sales tax yearly, spend roughly $27.5 million in advertising dollars each year and collect over $4.5 million in CAT. 

The day began with a briefing as the group heard from former Senate President and current State Representative Keith Faber (R – Celina), who is also running for State Auditor, as well as State Representative and former OADA chairman, Bill Reineke, Jr (R-Tiffin).   From there the Next Gens headed to the Statehouse to urge legislators to oppose efforts to increase the sales tax in the state budget, as well as emphasize the importance of Ohio’s Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise Law to the future of their dealership investments.  All dealers from around the state would’ve been proud about how the Next Gen Dealers not only conducted themselves, but advocated on behalf of dealers everywhere in Ohio.

The relationships built between Next Gens and their legislators only strengthen our grassroots efforts.  More importantly, our Next Gen dealers were able to establish new dealer to dealer relationships and get introduced as well as further their relationships with their elected officials. Elected officials have a tremendous impact on dealer business, it is in every dealer’s best interest to know their legislators so that when issues come up impacting dealership operations, dealers have a “seat at the table.” 

If you were unable to attend Next Gen Statehouse day but would like to schedule a legislator visit to your dealership please contact Zach Doran (zdoran@oada.com) or Joe Cannon (jcannon@oada.com).  It’s a great way to get to know your legislators and educate them about dealership business.

Thanks to all who made OADA Next Gen Statehouse Day a success!