2023-2024 NTEA board election

NTEA’s Board election opens in December 2022. For this election cycle, the Association has three candidates (see profiles below) to fill three seats on its Board of Directors. Openings include one seat for an Associate member and two seats for a Distributor or Manufacturer member to serve three-year terms starting March 2023. The election process will be held electronically, with links to the online ballot emailed to Distributor and Manufacturer members in December. Because the election will be uncontested with three candidates for the three available positions, members will vote to approve the slate of candidates instead of voting for the individual candidates.

NTEA is governed by its Association Bylaws under leadership of a member-elected Board. Each Director completes a three-year term, and a Board-appointed president & CEO oversees day-to-day administration of NTEA. For a list of current Directors, visit ntea.com/board.

Marc Ellison
InterMotive Vehicle Controls
Auburn, California
NTEA member company since 2004

Marc has a broad range of industry experience, including 17 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a variety of roles from working with Ford dealers and fleets to marketing office positions. During his past 19 years at InterMotive, he has held both sales and operational positions that were key drivers in significant growth — not only in revenue, but also expansion into new markets and a larger, more diverse customer base.

He has a bachelor’s in business from the University of Kansas, and earned a Six Sigma Blackbelt while at Ford Motor Company. Marc is past president of his homeowner’s association, is involved with Habitat for Humanity and serves as a classroom volunteer in his local school district.

Marc has been an active NTEA member since InterMotive joined in 2004. In addition, the company is a member of several NTEA affiliate divisions, including Ambulance Manufacturers Division, Mid-Size Bus Manufacturers Association and Green Truck Association. Marc regularly attends the affiliate meetings, and feels his involvement in these diverse groups will allow him to bring a wide perspective of the NTEA membership to the Board.

Marc envisions the Association continuing to serve the industry by providing economic and forecasting data to help members plan for future business; maintaining a strong presence in Washington; and helping members develop employees via training and educational opportunities.

Industry issues of great significance to Marc

  1. Labor challenges, such as the ability to hire and retain the right people.
  2. The potential recession and how it will affect business next year and beyond.
  3. Support and infrastructure that will be required by our members as we move toward stronger requirements for zero emissions and electrification.

Brian Tabel
Executive Director of Marketing
Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc.
Anaheim, California
NTEA member company since 1994

Brian entered the car and truck business at a young age in his brother-in-law’s Ford dealership washing cars, and as he got older, working in parts and service and then vehicle sales. He has garnered a broad range of automotive industry experience during his career. At Ford, he worked in incentive auditing, where he learned how salespeople structure deals. After Ford, he joined Isuzu SUV group as a district service and parts manager and later became district sales manager. He was then asked to move to the Isuzu Truck group, which had just formed General Motors Isuzu Commercial Truck, as a district service and parts manager. Subsequently, he took on the role of Midwest district sales manager and then moved from Chicago to Southern California as a retail marketing manager for Isuzu Commercial Truck of America Inc. He was later promoted to director of marketing, and now serves as executive director of marketing. He recently celebrated 28 years in total with Isuzu.

Brian earned a degree in automotive marketing and business management from Northwood University (Midland, Michigan). He is involved with Pacific Marine Mammal Institute, Orange County Softball Board and American Truck Dealers NexGen.

He is interested in Board service to give back to the Association and industry that have given so much to him. Brian feels the industry will experience significant evolution in the next few years, and NTEA will play a part in how members manage the necessary future changes. With the government focus on zero-emission vehicles, many parts and components in work trucks will be affected. Body companies may adjust how they build and what materials they use. He feels NTEA will serve the industry by offering support and resources to help address all of the changes ahead.

Industry issues of great significance to Brian

  1. Electric vehicles (EVs) and their impact on our industry — from cost to how we upfit trucks.
  2. The infrastructure of EV charging stations.
  3. How EVs will impact our roads.

Dave Zelis
Executive Vice President
Buyers Products Company
Mentor, Ohio
NTEA member company since 1989

Dave joined Buyers Products Company in 1995 and has served in a variety of roles, including marketing manager, director of sales and marketing, chief commercial officer and executive vice president. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and a master’s of business administration (MBA) in marketing and finance from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio).

Dave was previously on the NTEA Board of Directors from 2010–2013. He has served in an advisory role with other snow and ice control segment organizations. Prior to joining Buyers Products Company, he worked for BP Oil (U.S.) in the retail marketing program. He is also involved with Brecksville Broadview Heights School District – athletic boosters, volunteer coach; United Way of Cleveland; and Sales & Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

He is interested in joining the Board  to help serve the industry and the membership. He seeks to move the industry forward in a constructive, profitable and sustainable manner that will lead to long-term successes for member companies and the industry. He believes if the industry is stable and growing, it will lead to similar results at the individual level. He also believes the length of his career in the industry, and the wide and diverse customer base, positions him to better understand a wider range of issues specific to different kinds of businesses.

Dave believes the Association best serves the membership by focusing not only on specific issues but also widescale macro issues we all face. For instance: involvement at the state and federal levels on legislation that will impact the industry, consistent quality standards across the membership and guidance on employee issues from acquisition to training and retention.

Industry issues of great significance to Dave

  1. Employment — attracting, recruiting, training and retaining employees
  2. Legislative changes, including impacts on liability and insurability
  3. Cost controls, including those initiated as a result of the supply chain constraints