Examining the intersection between Washington politics and the auto retail industry.



How Toyota Turned Dealers into Digital Storytellers

Rebecca Steele, Director of Emerging Technology Policy at Toyota North America, oversees digital advocacy for the automaker. In today’s episode she discusses how she was able to help Toyota pivot to an all-digital advocacy force in 2020 and how she plans to maintain that momentum into 2021.




Charlie Chesbrough’s Spring Sales Round Up

In today’s episode, Cox Automotive’s Charlie Chesbrough offers listeners an overview of the 1st quarter of 2021, and some idea of what the rest of the year holds for the auto retail industry. Charlie touches on what he sees happening in the EV market, why he anticipates the second half of the year will be […]




Hyundai’s Rob Hood on Policy, Innovation, and the Opportunities of 2021

Rob Hood, Hyundai’s Vice President of Government Affairs, joins Beltway Talk to discuss his background as a Washington veteran and what he brings to his position with Hyundai. With over 30 years of experience across the government and private sectors, Hood tells dealers about the policies on his radar this year with new leadership in […]




Connecting with Dealership Customers in a Contactless World

Ross Tinkham, Director of OEM Sales and Business Development at AIADA Affinity Partner Podium, joins the Beltway Talk podcast to discuss how dealers can connect with customers in a contactless business world. He discusses the ins and outs of text messaging as a mode of customer engagement, how it has increased during the pandemic, and […]




Get with the Dealer Visit Program

Ashley Burch, AIADA’s Senior Manager of Grassroots and Advocacy, joins the first Beltway Talk podcast of 2021 to talk about how dealers can get involved through AIADA’s Dealer Visit Program this year. Burch walks dealers through the process, including how to hold an in-person socially distanced or virtual visit with their legislators – and she […]




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