Resolution to Commemorate Pam Trusdale’s 15Th Anniversary as Executive Director of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturersby Representative Lynn Jenkins
Posted on 2014-01-07
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Ms. JENKINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize my constituent
and friend, Pam Trusdale, on the occasion of her 15th anniversary as
Executive Director of the National Association of Trailer
Manufacturers. From NATM's headquarters in my Congressional District in
Topeka, Kansas, Pam leads advocacy, outreach and safety-promotion
efforts on behalf of the light and medium duty trailer industry, one
that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of American jobs and
several billion dollars of positive economic output.
The great work NATM does on behalf of its members and the industry at large would certainly not be possible without Pam's 15 years of leadership and vision. When she joined the organization in 1998, it was a fledgling group of a handful of companies who joined together to better the industry's future. Since that time, membership has expanded dramatically and NATM's advocacy on behalf of its members in Washington, D.C. has, as well. Soon, NATM will move into a new headquarters building in Topeka in order to accommodate its growth in staff and continue serving its members.
Among the many initiatives in which Pam's leadership has been instrumental is the creation of NATM's Compliance Verification Program. Through the Program, NATM's technical staff visits members' manufacturing plants to ensure the proper procedures are in place to build trailers that are in accordance with federal safety regulations and best industry practices. Pam has guided the Program from its creation through a unanimous vote to make participation mandatory for membership in the Association. When consumers across the country see the NATM decal on a dealer's showroom floor, they know instantly they are purchasing a safety compliant trailer.
In addition to her efforts leading NATM, Pam has also been active in serving the Topeka community. She currently serves on the Board of Regents of Washburn University, her alma mater, and is active with the Kansas Society of Association Executives. She is also a member of the Stormont-Vail Foundation Advisory Board and past chairwoman of the Stormont-Vail Foundation Board of Trustees.
Congratulations, Pam, on this milestone. May you and NATM enjoy many more successful years.