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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 31
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Tucker Carlson
Co-host, Fox & Friends Weekend and the editor-in-chief of

Tucker Carlson is a veteran journalist and political commentator. He is the co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend and the editor-in-chief of, one of the largest and fastest growing news sites in the country.. Previously he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of that network. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS. A longtime writer, Carlson has reported from around the world, including dispatches from Iraq, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Vietnam. He has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader's Digest. He currently writes for Esquire and The New York Times magazine. Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled, Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News. Carlson is currently working on his third book.

Washington Briefing Breakfast

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Tuesday, April 1
7:45 am – 9:15 am

Senator Ron Johnson came to Washington because he felt that the federal government was bankrupting America. He thinks it is important for citizen legislators to ally with those who are seriously facing that reality. Ron's manufacturing background has taught him to attack the root cause of a problem, not mere symptoms. He believes huge deficits, slow economic activity, high unemployment and woefully inadequate job creation are severe symptoms of the problem - but not the root cause. The ever expanding size, scope and cost of government is.
Senator Johnson serves on the committees on Budget; Foreign Relations; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He resides in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his wife Jane and has three children.

Gerald M. Howard
Chief Executive Officer
National Association of Home Builders

Jerry Howard, Chief Executive Officer 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 instrumental in the development of the low-income housing tax credit as part of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.

Conference Sessions 

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, March 31
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

The NLBMDA/WDMA 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.

Lobbying 101
Tuesday, April 1
7:00 am – 7:45 am

Whether this is your first time visiting your members of Congress or just looking to brush up on the basics, the optional Lobbying 101 session will give you hints and tips to get your message across clearly and effectively.

Washington Briefing Breakfast

Tuesday, April 1
7:45 am – 9:15 am

The annual Washington Briefing Breakfast will feature keynote remarks from a federal policymaker, who will give insight on what it takes to effectively communicate the message of the industry during Capitol Hill visits and from back home. Also, get an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the Obama Administration.  Finally, your association government relations staff will review the specific talking points you will need to effectively communicate the industry’s position on key issues during the Capitol Hill and federal agency visits.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits

Tuesday, April 1                 Wednesday, April 2
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Your elected officials rely on feedback from the constituents in their districts 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 1
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Following visits to Capitol Hill, 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.