A fulfilling experience: NTEA Board service

By Peter Miller
Executive Vice President of Business Development & Sales
Pro-Tech Industries (La Vergne, Tennessee)

This article was published in the October 2020 edition of NTEA News.

As this marks my final year of service on NTEA’s Board of Directors, I’ve been reflecting on my experience and why I decided to pursue Board service in the first place. Well, that was seven years ago, so the “why” is a little fuzzy — but I can certainly tell you why you should consider it now. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s a good place to start.

Build relationships
Stepping outside the bubble of your company and interacting with other industry influencers is a beneficial experience for every growth-oriented leader.  Board members with whom I have served are high-level professionals that make you want to bring your A-game every time. And NTEA staff are second to none. I am a better executive today because of these people.

Opportunity to influence government policy
NTEA’s Board has a subcommittee focused on governmental policies regarding the work truck industry. Last year, we were invited to the White House to discuss Federal Excise Tax and other legislation that affects our members. Seeing how the government works up close and personal offers greater understanding and a unique perspective.

Fill the need for good leaders
Like any organization, to move forward we need strong, confident, committed leaders. I’ve been grateful for the chance to work with some of the best in the industry. However, we only hold the baton for a season and then hand it off. By the end of our term, we are hopeful to leave an already excellent Board and Association better than we came in. Experienced, dedicated individuals are sought to build and further our work.

Fully understand our industry
I thought I had a pretty good grasp of the work truck industry. Nonetheless, even in my seventh year, I discover new information and a deeper understanding of the complex relationships that connect us. The commercial vehicle community is evolving at a fast pace. I can only imagine what it will look like in five years.

Contribute to a vision
Building on the vision, it’s the responsibility of NTEA’s Board to look five, 10, 20 years out. Reviewing the current state of the industry, anticipating needs and helping identify solutions are some of the Board’s challenges and opportunities. Contributing to those solutions can be summed up in one word — fulfilling.

Soon, it’ll be your time to act. The next Board election begins in December, and as an Association member, your company will have a say in electing our leaders. Visit ntea.com/boardelection for details.

If you have feedback or questions about the upcoming vote, contact Steve Carey, NTEA president & CEO (248-479-8912 or steve@ntea.com).