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Featured Speakers and Conference Sessions

NLBMDA LuDPAC/WDMA Legislative Action Fund Fundraising Luncheon 
(ticketed event)
Monday, April 18
12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.

Michael Steele
Political Analyst for Fox News & MSNBC and Former Chair of the Republican National Committee

A self-described Lincoln Republican, Michael S. Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland.

Michael Steele is President and CEO of The Steele Group, a company he formed in 1999. The Steele Group works with institutional and individual clients to design overall business development, investor, networking, and communications strategies. Presently, Mr. Steele is a political analyst for MSNBC. Mr. Steele’s ability as a communicator and analyst have long been showcased by his position as a contributor on the Fox News Channel and as a regular host for the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated Morning in America Show. Additionally, Mr. Steele has been an entertaining and eloquent guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Mr. Steele’s personal and political experiences coupled with his engaging speaking style have launched him into national prominence. Mr. Steele regularly shares his personal story and political philosophy with a wide variety of audiences. Most recently, Michael Steele served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (2009 – 2011). As chairman of the RNC, Mr. Steele was charged with revitalizing the Republican Party.

Washington Briefing Breakfast Speakers

Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

Republican Senator John Barrasso has been representing the state of Wyoming since 2007, and has a long and distinguished career in both medicine and public service.  He is the fourth-ranking member in the Senate Republican leadership as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
He serves on the Senate Committee on the Environment & Public Works, as well as the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.  He serves as chairman of the Subcommittee of Public Lands and Forests, where he has influence over issues ranging from energy efficiency and lumber production.
Before being elected to the Senate, Senator Barrasso worked as an orthopedic surgeon and received his education at Georgetown University, including his M.D.  He has three children and resides in Casper, WY.

Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO-03)

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton has been representing the third district of Colorado since 2011.  After a lifetime running his small business and a short tenure in the Colorado legislature, Tipton was elected to the House where he serves on the Financial Services and Small Business Committees.  He is a co-founder of the Congressional Small Business Caucus, a bipartisan caucus committed to open dialogue on the issues that most impact small businesses.  Tipton has also been a leader on energy efficiency issues, along with using his position as subcommittee chair to highlight burdensome regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other government departments.  He has also introduced legislation to cut the uncompetitive corporate income tax rate.  Tipton holds a degree in Political Science from Lt. Lewis College in Colorado.

Conference Sessions 

Key Insights and Analysis of the Housing & Manufacturing Agendas with Top NAHB & NAM Advocacy Professionals
Monday, April 18
2:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.

For the first time, Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear from top lobbyists from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) as they share their perspective on their industry agendas in Washington, what's in store for the remainder of the year and the impact of the upcoming elections on the housing and manufacturing sectors.


Jim Tobin is Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for the Government Affairs and Communications Group at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  Jim is responsible for all of NAHB's federal, state and local lobbying, as well as its political action committee, BUILD PAC.  His past policy experience has concentrated on tax and environmental policy.  Jim was previously Vice President for Federal Relations at NAHB and is a former staffer for Rep. Frank Riggs (R-CA) and Gary Franks (R-CT).

Joe Trauger is Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  He serves as the senior lobbyist for NAM and previously served as the Vice President of Human Resources Policy for NAM handling health care, labor, workforce and immigration issues.  Prior to joining NAM, Joe operated his own consulting practice, JT Consulting, and also lobbied on health care issues for the Healthcare Distribution Management Association and The Federalist Group.  He also spent more than 10 years on Capitol Hill working for a U.S. senator, several U.S. representatives and was principal advisor on health care in the offices of the House Majority Leader and Majority Whip.

Perspectives on the Future of Federal & State Energy Policy

Monday, April 18
4:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m.

Pending federal legislation on energy efficiency is estimated to stimulate hundreds of thousands of jobs, save billions of dollars in energy costs, and significantly impact many industries. 

As Congress and state governments are implementing their respective energy agendas,  where is energy policy headed and what might it mean for the construction and manufacturing sectors?  This panel, which will include a key Senate staffer and a representative of state energy officials, will discuss progress and challenges with energy legislation, identify key areas of focus by federal and state officials, and explore the possible impact on industry.


Allen Stayman
Professional Staff Member
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Todd Sims
Program Manager
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

NLBMDA/WDMA Joint Welcome Reception and Silent Auction
Monday, April 18
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 19
7:00 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 Obama administration.

Issue Briefing

Tuesday, April 19
9:00 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, April 19               Wednesday, April 20
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, April 19
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.