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Christensen is the First Female MEDA President in 107 Year History

 

Christensen became the first woman on the MEDA board in 2013.​

Tami Christensen was voted president of the Montana Equipment Dealers Association (MEDA) on October 8, 2015, being the first female president in the 107 year history of the organization. "I'm honored to be the first woman president," Christensen commented.

MEDA is a group of equipment dealers from around the state that work to foster good relations between manufacturers, dealers, and consumers. The organization stays current on Ag related issues and is an active trade group on regulatory and legislative issues. Currently MEDA is lobbying Government for trucking regulations in regards to hauling equipment and creating options for equipment dealers when they are ready to sell their businesses and retire. MEDA, formerly known as the Montana Hardware and Implement Association, was once the largest association in the state. Farm implement, motor sports dealers, construction equipment dealers, and irrigation product businesses that are members of MEDA can enjoy benefits such as the freight discount program, educational seminars, and access organization lobbyist and Executive Director Brad Griffin.

Christensen began serving on the nine member board beginning in October of 2013. She was approached by MEDA after her father retired as a sixteen year board member, and Christensen chose to follow in his footsteps, becoming the first female board member. "I think that more women are becoming involved with agriculture and taking over family run equipment businesses," said Christensen, noting that there are currently two women on the MEDA board.

As equipment dealers across Montana merge, it has become more challenging to find a diverse range of board members, but MEDA continues to focus on the welfare of its members, a high standard of business practices, and the personal and professional advancement of dealer-members.

MEDA meets twice a year, once in Billings and once in Whitefish; for more information about MEDA and how to become a member, visit them online at http://www.mtretail.com.

 

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