November 12, 2014
Nick Lambevski, President of Transport Trailer Sales, Inc., has been installed as the 25th president of the National Trailer Dealers Association.
Nick and his wife Cheryl started Transport Trailer Sales, Inc. in 1995, initially operating the business from their house and primarily sold used trailers. Thanks to the support of some key customers, the business quickly progressed to include new trailer sales. In 2001, the Lambevski’s purchased a 14,000 sq. ft. facility located on three acres of land in Milton, Ontario, Canada, just west of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Presently, Transport Trailer Sales is the largest flatbed dealer for Mac Trailer Manufacturing, Inc. The dealership also sells Mac dump, transfer and tank trailers throughout the province of Ontario.
Transport Trailer Sales, Inc. specializes in the sale of multi-axle, custom built trailers for the steel, lumber and construction industries. Lambevski’s two sons Alex and Stephan recently began working for the dealership. Alex works in the Parts Department and Stephan just completed a mechanical engineering degree.
“Equipped with an extremely knowledgeable staff, we are able to properly design trailers that best meet each customer’s specific needs,” says Lambevski. The dealership is focused on exceeding customer expectations from their service facility that also offers sales, accepting trades, leasing and renting trailers. Lambevski takes that same approach when it comes to the National Trailer Dealers Association.
“The NTDA Board is constantly focused on dealer needs and exceeding our members expectations,” says Lambevski.
One of the greatest challenges facing the NTDA today is managing its growth. The Association has grown from 202 members in 2010 to just over 700 members today. Likewise, convention attendance has grown from just over 200 attendees in 2010 to 500 attendees in 2014. While the Association Board says it could not be more pleased with the growth of the NTDA overall, it does present certain challenges.
“We need to ensure that the Association is adequately staffed and that programs and services are meeting members’ expectations. The membership growth also creates the need to be aware of how best to manage all aspects of the convention such as the Allied Presentations, our educational sessions and the Tabletop Displays,” says Lambevski. Lambevski also stated that one thing he hopes to see remain constant with the NTDA is the excellent networking opportunity that it provides.
“I was recruited by Mark Ellingson, who owned Chaparral Trailers. Mark was one of the founding members of the NTDA, and he encouraged me to run for the Board,” says Lambevski. “I have really enjoyed the comradery, networking opportunities and education that it has provided over the years. Cheryl and I have met some great people and have made friends while visiting some of the exciting venues over the years. I enjoy the relationships we’ve built over the years with customers, vendors and staff. Our industry is made up of some great, honest and fun people.”
Lambevski says he is especially proud to be President of the NTDA during its milestone 25th year.
“Many of our dealer members have not attended one of our Conventions in a while, and it is my mission to get those members to come to our 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2015. I know if they come to one Convention, they will recognize the value of the Association and will keep coming back,” says Lambevski. In addition to planning a very special and exciting 25th Annual Convention, the Board and staff intend to step up as an organization to do more strategic planning for the future.
“We are going to determine what we’re doing right, what we could do better, and how we can best benefit our Dealer and Allied members going forward,” says Lambevski. “The primary goal of the Board is to maintain the relevancy of the Association and continue to be of service to our members,” stated Lambevski.
Along with Lambevski’s NTDA duties, he is currently active with the Ontario Trucking Association’s Allied Trade Board, and is past President of the Hamilton Traffic Club. When Lambevski is not busy with his dealership and the NTDA Board, he loves to golf. He and Cheryl are on the board and very active with the Mississauga Minor Basketball Association.
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