NCMDA relaunches with new focus on dealers, state associations

Publish Date: 
Jan 9, 2012

With a goal to strengthen the voice of motorcycle dealerships nationwide, a group of dealer advocates have relaunched the National Council of Motorcycle Dealer Associations.

The NCMDA reportedly will work on bettering the business, legislative and regulatory climate for motorcycle and motorsports dealers.

“Motorcycle dealers have been eager to promote positive changes, both in their states and at the federal level," said John Paliwoda, NCMDA's newly-selected executive director. "They just needed an effective way to organize their efforts. We intend to make the NCMDA that tool.”

Paliwoda is also executive director of the California Motorcycle Dealers Association.

The 'new' NCMDA plans to support industry efforts to encourage tax breaks for motorcycle buyers. It also plans to have a voice in other regulatory efforts, such as the exemption from the CPSC's lead law restrictions recently won by the MIC, AMA and other groups.

The NCMDA will be made up of participating state dealer associations, not individual dealers. For that reason, a primary goal for the NCMDA is to provide tools necessary to form dealer associations in all 50 states, and strengthen the state associations that already exist.

Jim Boltz, NCMDA chairman and long-time director of the Washington State Motorsports Dealers Association, said the organization will seek funding via state association memberships and support from industry partners. (Dealernews is a supporting member of the NCMDA.)

"The long-term goal is to develop funding to support initiatives on the dealers’ behalf,” Boltz said.

Paliwoda added that the organization is working to establish programs that benefit members of participating state associations.

For more information on the newly relaunched NCMDA, visit the association's website at

Posted by Dennis Johnson