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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, March 23
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Margaret Hoover
CNN Political Contributor & Best-Selling Author

Margaret Hoover is a conservative on-air CNN Political Contributor and the author of the book American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party. Hoover is a veteran of the Bush Administration White House, two presidential campaigns, and is former staffer on Capitol Hill. She is also the great-granddaughter of former U.S. President Herbert Hoover and is committed to publicizing Hoover's legacy as a humanitarian and pioneer of the international non-governmental organization.

Previously a Fox News Contributor, she has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, and In addition, she has appeared on television covering a range of issues from American politics to pop-culture, including The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, C-SPAN and PBS.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) will headline the Washington Briefing breakfast. He is a national leader on energy efficiency initiatives and founded a bipartisan energy efficiency caucus in the House. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Senator Gardner championed a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that promoted traditional resources as well as renewable energy. In the Senate, he continues to pursue common sense energy policy as a member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resource Committee.

Senator Gardner serves on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. He is focused on expanding the economy, creating jobs, and making life better for all Coloradans.

Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) will also be a featured speaker during the Washington Briefing breakfast at the Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference.

Marino was first elected to Congress in 2010 from Pennsylvania’s 10th district and quickly got to work on a wide range of issues.  His experience as an attorney and a manufacturing plant employee catalyzed him to be a national leader on issues ranging from regulatory reform to promoting American manufacturing. 

Marino serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee.  For his work on regulatory reform, such as the RAPID Act and cosponsoring legislation to overhaul the federal rule-making processes, Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) appointed Marino to chair the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, & Antitrust Law.

In 2014, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Marino the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, based on input from manufacturers of all sizes.  

Conference Sessions 

NLBMDA/WDMA/NWDA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction

Monday, March 23
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, March 24
7:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

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. Get an overview of the current atmosphere on the Hill and in the Obama administration.

Issue Briefing

Tuesday, March 24
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 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 hoe to get our message across clearly and effectively.

Capitol Hill and Federal Agency Visits
Tuesday, March 24            Wednesday, March 25
10:30 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, March 24
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.