Councils & Forums: HDMA's Highest Ranked Member Benefit
In simple terms, an association is a group of people coming together with a joint purpose, as is the case with the Heavy-Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA). HDMA’s annual member survey consistently ranks membership in one of HDMA’s councils and forums at the pinnacle of value for members — and to no one’s surprise.
Over the course of this year, we have been focused on ramping up member opportunities for CONNECTION and placing its importance equally alongside our other two main strategic pillars of HDMA — INSIGHT and ADVOCACY — completing our three dedicated value streams.
Connections Through Councils and Forums
HDMA connection is the heartbeat of what makes our councils and forums popular and integral to HDMA members.
Why? Council members enjoy an unfettered opportunity to:
Engage with peers on a deeper level
Debate industry trends and technological developments
Discuss legislative hurdles, personnel issues, supply chain disruptions, and more
Hear from industry leaders keen to present the latest developments that have potential to construct and disrupt the future of our industry
For the benefit of exclusion and privacy, past promotion of HDMA councils and forums tended to be member-driven, which makes sense. However, in breaking from that paradigm, we would be remiss in not spreading the word that there is limited space available for HDMA members to take advantage of prior to our fall meeting sessions.
How to Join
Joining is simple! Contact Danielle Kaspar, HDMA’s manager of councils & member engagement to:
Learn about potential openings for your company
Receive an overview of the information each council provides
Participate in an unfiltered discussion with a council participant to hear first-hand about the group’s benefits
Preview their meetings planned for the balance of the year.
Council and Forum Rundown
But do not take it from me and this Dispatch: additional information on each individual council, including links to their specific webpage and upcoming meeting information, are available below.
Heavy Duty Business Forum (HDBF)
Purpose: Facilitate informal networking and open discussions about industry issues between senior executives
Meeting Content: Presentations and discussions with executives from major OEMs and aftermarket organizations, as well as fleets and end-users about current conditions and hot button topics in the industry
Members: CEOs, COOs, or other designated senior executives with responsibility for company or business unit profits and losses
HDMA also offers a Heavy Duty Business Forum Europe (HDBF E) for members who have a presence in Europe.
Purpose: Provide an avenue for discussion of advanced technology trends and issues impacting the on- and off-highway commercial vehicle industry
Meeting Content: Discussions around regulation, connectivity, cybersecurity, and ADAS
Members: CTOs, VPs of Technology or Innovation, Directors of Engineering, or other designated senior executives with responsibility for technology innovations and advanced technology developments
Purpose: Drive the direction and content of HDMA market research publications, as well as to discuss industry trends, forecasts, contracts, challenges, and best practices
Meeting Content: Presentations and discussions with executives from major OEMs and aftermarket organizations about hot button topics in the industry
Members: Sales and marketing executives
Off-Highway Business Forum (OHBF)
Purpose: Offers members the opportunity to discuss industry trends, market outlook, regulations, legislation, economic impacts, issues, and developments in the global off-highway equipment markets, such as agricultural, industrial, and construction
Meeting Content: Presentations and discussions with executives from major OEMs, industry experts on global market trends, and internal group roundtables of industry issues
Members: CEOs, sales and business development executives, or designated senior executives with responsibility for company or business unit profits and losses in the off-highway segment
Purpose: Remain up to date on key issues and trends, as well as bettering themselves as manufacturers’ representatives in the markets they serve
Meeting Content: Discussion of trends and issues affecting manufacturers’ representatives
Members: Manufacturer representative executives, representing HDMA member companies that are supplier/manufacturers of heavy duty vehicle components (on or off-highway)
Remember, access to these councils and forums is a benefit of being an HDMA member. If you’re interested in learning more or if you think a member of your team would benefit from engagement with any of these groups, please let us know!