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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Luncheon Fundraiser
(ticketed event)
Monday, April 1
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Jake Sherman
Senior Writer - POLITICO

Jake Sherman is a senior writer for POLITICO and co-author of POLITICO's Playbook, the most indispensable morning newsletter for the biggest influencers in politics.

Jake is the top congressional reporter on Capitol Hill and has built a career on landing hard-to-get scoops.

Since 2009, Jake has chronicled all of the major legislative battles on Capitol Hill, and has also traveled the country to cover the battle for control of Congress.

Jake takes readers inside the rooms where decisions are made. His high-impact reporting resulted in the resignation of Aaron Schock.

Before landing at POLITICO, Jake worked in the Washington bureaus of The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He also interned on the metro desk of The Journal News (N.Y.), and during high school, worked on the sports desk of the Stamford Advocate (Conn.).

Jake is a Connecticut native, and a graduate of The George Washington University - where he edited The GW Hatchet - and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

Congressman John Curtis (R-UT-03)

Congressman John Curtis represents Utah's 3rd Congressional District, serving on the House Natural Resources and Foreign Affairs Committees. Since being elected in November 2017, three of his bills have been signed into law, including the Small Business ACE Act. He is an original cosponsor of the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act of 2019, which creates an additional congressional review provision for new tariffs imposed for national security concerns.

Prior to coming to Washington, he was the 45th mayor of Provo City, serving two terms. He was named the #1 Top Elected Official on Social Media 2015 by the Government Social Media group and has been recognized by Forbes for his commitment to citizen engagement. Rep. Curtis is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently which means cuttign out-of-control spending, reducing taxed, eliminative harmful regulatiosn and balancing the budget.


Jerry Howard (President/CEO, NAHB)

Jerry Howard, Chief Executive of the National Association of Home Builders
, has over 25 years of association experience and a lifetime in the housing industry. Jerry began his association career at the National Association of Realtors, where he served as a Legislative Analyst for tax issues. Prior to joining NAHB, Jerry served as the Chief Lobbyist for the National Council of State Housing Agencies where he was instumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Jerry will share his insights into the current political environment in Washington D.C. and update attendees on teh legislative priorities of teh NAHB for this year.  

Conference Sessions 

Policy Issue Breakout Session #1 - Perspectives on Labor Policy: Laws & Regulations
Monday, April 1
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Speaker - Marc Freedman
Vice President of Employment Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Congress and the Executive Branch are considering a range of issues on labor policy in 2019. These policies govern our nation's workforce and mush strike the appropriate balance the rights of workers and employers, and not unfairly restrict business and economic growth. As Congress navigates ways to ensure a robust workforce, what opportunities are there for bipartisanship? How will immigration reform factor into the debate?

Additionally, the executive branch is working to balance sensible regulations with ensuring that businesses are able to thrive. Policies at OSHA and NLRB around the joint-employer standard, employee drug testing, injury and illness record keeping and others are just a few things employers should be aware of. What kinds of issues will these regulatory agencies tackle? What should employers know to stay compliant and be prepared?

Marc Freedman will examine current workforce issues and dive into the important federal policies and regulations being considered for 2019, and explain the effect of changes to current labor policies.


Policy Issue Breakout Session #2 - Perspectives on U.S. Trade Policy and USMCA
Monday, April 1
4:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m.

Speaker - Ken Monahan
Director of International Economic Affairs Policy
National Association of Manufacturers


 President Donald Trump signed a draft agreement for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in late 2018, which is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that has been in place since 1994. Congress is required to vote up or down on a USMCA bill, creating additional political considerations in the trilateral trade negotiations. Can the White Houses and Congress reach an agreement to help get USMCA across the finish line?

In addition to replacing NAFTA, there are policy questions surrounding the current trade dispute between the U.S. and China. With the Trump Administration engaging in an aggressive campaign against China's trade practices and tariffs on many Chinese products already in place, will these tariffs continue? Also, how are the tariffs affecting manufacturing, jobs, and the residential construction sector?

This session will feature analysis of U.S. trade policy and answer the key questions. In addition, it will identify the key decision makers, discuss the current state of play, and determine the possible effects of these changes to long-standing trade policy.

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, April 1
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

The joint networking reception is the perfect time to meet new business associates and catch up with old ones. Not only will you be able to participate in a relaxed and fun social event, you will be able to make an impact on the industry’s legislative initiatives by participating in the evening’s silent auction benefiting NLBMDA’s and WDMA’s advocacy efforts. To donate an item, please check the box on your registration form and a staff member will follow up with you.

Washington Briefing Breakfast
Tuesday, April 2
6:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

The annual Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from two Members of Congress, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and back at home. They will also provide an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the new Trump administration.

Issue Briefing
Tuesday, April 2
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Your association government relations staff will review the specific talking points to help you to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits. During this session staff will answer any questions that you may and provide tips on how to get our message across clearly and effectively.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits
Tuesday, April 2                Wednesday, April 3
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Your elected officials rely on feedback from their constituents to keep them apprised of the economic climate and to provide real-world feedback on how legislative actions impact employers and jobs in their communities. In addition, federal agency officials often do not get to hear from the business people that their proposed regulations will impact directly. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to visit their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and/or meet with federal agency representatives to discuss industry issues and concerns.

Capitol Hill Legislative Reception
Tuesday, April 2
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Following visits to Capitol Hill offices, share your thoughts on your Congressional visits with your friends and colleagues at the annual Legislative Reception.  Members of Congress and their key staff members are also invited to attend and it serves as a perfect way to show appreciation for our supporters on Capitol Hill.