U.S. Travel names next chief executive- POLITICO
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FREEMAN TO SUCCEED DOW AS U.S. TRAVEL CHIEF: The U.S. Journey Affiliation, the preeminent commerce group representing the journey and tourism business, is naming Geoff Freeman its subsequent president and chief government. Freeman, who at present leads the Client Manufacturers Affiliation, will take the reins from U.S. Journey’s longtime chief government, Roger Dow, starting in September, the group mentioned. Dow has led the commerce group since 2005 and introduced his retirement final summer time, kicking off a yearlong seek for his successor.
— The rent quantities to a homecoming of types for Freeman, who spent greater than seven years at U.S. Journey, rising to chief government officer earlier than leaving in 2013 to helm the American Gaming Affiliation, which represents the on line casino business. At U.S. Journey, Freeman helped lead the business’s signature precedence, the 2009 Journey Promotion Act and the creation of Model USA, in addition to the business effort resulting in the creation of TSA PreCheck.
— In 2018, Freeman was introduced on as the top of CBA, then known as the Grocery Producers Affiliation, amid an exodus of the century-old organization’s leadership and the departure of some of its most prominent members. He slashed the group’s bills and helmed its rebranding as a commerce group representing the broader client packaged items business.
— Below Freeman, CBA grew its membership by what he mentioned was 30 % within the 12 months following its rebrand, and pivoted its lobbying focus to points like packaging sustainability and provide chain points.
— Freeman will take over for Dow after a chaotic few years for the business marked most prominently by the Covid-19 pandemic, which introduced most journey and tourism to a screeching halt. The affiliation has spent the previous 12 months attempting to form the business’s restoration, most lately with a successful push for the removal of pre-departure Covid testing requirements for worldwide vacationers coming to the U.S.
— Whereas leisure journey ranges have soared because the onset of the pandemic — which has created its personal pressure on airways — the journey business has warned that enterprise journey has had a a lot slower rebound, with commerce teams appealing to President Joe Biden personally this spring to take motion to assist revive the sector.
— Christine Duffy, U.S. Journey’s nationwide chair and president of Carnival Cruise Line, mentioned in an announcement that “Geoff is very regarded in Washington and well-known throughout our business for his strategic work to conceive campaigns and applications that opened new pathways for progress within the journey economic system. Now, returning to guide the affiliation, Geoff will proceed bringing a recent and strategic method to advancing the mission of U.S. Journey in its subsequent period.” Duffy led the nationwide search, supported by Heidrick & Struggles.
— “We’re grateful for Geoff’s many contributions to our business throughout his tenure on the Client Manufacturers Affiliation,” mentioned Jeff Harmening, the chair of CBA’s board and chief government of Normal Mills. He added that “beneath Geoff’s management, Client Manufacturers superior a turnaround technique that has remodeled the group and established it as a powerhouse affiliation in Washington, D.C.,” whereas rising revenues almost 50 % over the previous three years. Harmening mentioned the affiliation will work with Freeman on a transition plan and can start the seek for his successor.
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Okay STREET’S HOTTEST CLUB IS: STATEHOUSES: Our Hailey Fuchs acquired a have a look at new data from OpenSecrets exhibiting that lobbying corporations, stymied by gridlock in Washington, are increasingly focusing their influence efforts on state capitals, with curiosity teams spending a “file $1.8 billion on state lobbying in 2021. Adjusted for inflation, the spending determine is the biggest since 2019.”
— “Take the gun foyer. Lower than 20 years in the past, firearms commerce group the Nationwide Capturing Sports activities Basis had registered lobbyists in simply two states: California and Connecticut. As we speak, it has registered lobbyists in 35 states, based on information from the money-in-politics group OpenSecrets, and says it has a workforce sufficiently big to have a presence in all 50 states.”
— “‘For us to work in profit to our members as a commerce affiliation, we must be actively engaged the place the insurance policies are being made, and the insurance policies aren’t simply being made in Congress,’ Mark Oliva, a spokesperson for the inspiration, mentioned in an interview. ‘The insurance policies are being made within the state capitals.’”
— “As partisan divides ensnare congressional lawmakers in stalemates over key laws, many lobbying corporations discover it quicker to take their efforts to governors and state legislatures. State leaders have turn into as influential as they’ve ever been and at the moment are shaping the nationwide dialog on points as numerous as vitality coverage and abortion rights. And people in search of a say in what occurs in state capitals have been adapting by constructing out strong and complex lobbying operations that stretch far past Washington.”
TILLIS CHIEF HEADS TO Okay STREET: Sen. Thom Tillis’ high aide, Ted Lehman, is leaving the Hill after greater than 20 years to hitch Todd Technique Group as a principal. Lehman has served as chief of employees to the North Carolina Republican since 2017, and earlier than that was a high aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
— In an interview, Lehman mentioned that it was time to depart the Hill. “I’ve liked each minute of it, and each job that I’ve had, and each boss that I’ve had, however , you possibly can’t do it eternally,” he mentioned. He famous that he’s identified Todd Technique Group’s Dan Todd because the two labored on the Judiciary Committee collectively beneath the late Sen. Orrin Hatch, and that he was drawn to the agency partly due to its “excellent roster of shoppers.”
— Whereas he plans on registering to foyer, federal ethics guidelines bar him from lobbying the Senate for a 12 months. Nonetheless, “we consider that I can add worth to the prevailing roster of shoppers proper out of the gate,” he mentioned, including that he hopes to assist the agency diversify and proceed to develop.
INDUSTRY, GREENS PAN BIDEN CALL FOR GAS TAX: “The primary commerce group that represents trucking firms Wednesday came out swinging against a gas tax holiday — though they’re collectively a number of the largest shoppers of diesel gas,” and regardless of the slim possibilities Biden’s proposal will turn into legislation, POLITICO’s Alex Daugherty reviews.
— “The American Trucking Associations mentioned proposals to quickly droop the federal gasoline tax, together with the 24.4 cent-per-gallon diesel tax, wouldn’t make a distinction for shoppers however would harm the federal authorities’s skill to fund infrastructure initiatives.”
— “‘After months of touting the passage of the well-funded Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act — a much-needed funding in our nation’s roads and bridges — the Biden Administration needs to chop that very same freeway system’s main supply of funding with a suspension of the federal gas tax,’ American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear mentioned in an announcement.”
— “On Wednesday, a slew of inexperienced organizations voiced opposition to a gasoline tax vacation, arguing that driving is uniquely dangerous for the setting. ‘There’s a means out of this mess, however it isn’t by means of short-term options like gasoline tax holidays,’ Setting America‘s legislative workplace government director Lisa Frank mentioned in an announcement.”
— The Nationwide Affiliation of Producers’ Jay Timmons piled on, saying in an announcement that “our nation achieved historic progress with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation, however this transfer is more likely to derail its implementation by instantly disrupting its funding, delaying vital initiatives that Individuals desperately want and which might be very important to producers’ competitiveness.”
CASSIDY ADDS GOP HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STAFFER: The highest Republican staffer on the Home Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has left the Hill after 20 years to hitch Cassidy & Associates because the agency builds out its infrastructure observe. Paul Sass can be a senior vp on the agency, serving to develop their transportation chops and assist shoppers navigate the flood of latest federal spending because of final 12 months’s infrastructure invoice.
— “From my perspective, I can provide shoppers the freshest Hill perspective on issues, proper?” Sass mentioned in an interview, whether or not that’s “perception into Home politics” or “strategic recommendation on how one can get issues executed.” He added that in the case of implementing the infrastructure package deal, “I plan to place my expertise to make use of as new rules are issued with regard to that large sum of money,” and as policymakers start to conduct oversight on how funding is spent or decide what legislative tweaks may be mandatory.
— In an announcement supplied by the agency, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the T&I rating member, mentioned that “nobody has labored with extra dedication and dedication to public service than Paul. I need to thank him for his service, his steering, his loyalty, and his friendship over these final 20 years. I want him and his household the easiest as he strikes on to the following part of his already achieved profession.”
FORMER MERCURY LOBBYIST HANGS A SHINGLE: Stephen Aaron has launched Perspective Methods, a public affairs and consulting agency, to assist shoppers navigate an more and more polarized political local weather. Aaron most lately served as managing director at Mercury Public Affairs, and mentioned in an interview that whereas there he’d “seen a sample the place bringing in new views was creating actual outcomes for shoppers,” and that he was seeking to construct on that technique with the brand new agency.
— “Perspective is one thing that’s largely misplaced on American tradition in the mean time,” he instructed PI, including that “oftentimes, it’s understanding the attitude of a regulator” or different stakeholder that may assist shoppers discover the perfect resolution to their issues, relatively than simply in search of to convey their very own perspective. Political threat to firms “is accelerating, and we need to be right here that will help you navigate it,” he mentioned, pointing to Disney’s conflict with state leaders in Florida, which arose from discontent amongst workers, as a main instance.
— A number of of his former shoppers at Mercury will be part of Aaron on the new agency, together with InterDigital, BrightStar Dwelling Care and AAR Corp. Aaron mentioned that he could be submitting lobbying registrations for some shoppers, however that different work can be primarily public affairs-based. He plans to roll out further choices to “help [clients] in making higher choices round what is going on on D.C.”
— John Christie is becoming a member of the Smith-Free Group as senior vp. He beforehand was chief of employees for Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) and is a Frederica Wilson and Norma Torres alum.
— Matthew Hart is now the director of federal authorities affairs for the Tools Leasing and Finance Affiliation. He was beforehand supervisor for presidency affairs at CNH Industrial.
— The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has introduced on Kevin Griffis to be its new affiliate director of communications. Griffis beforehand labored for Deliberate Parenthood, the Obama administration’s well being division, and Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate marketing campaign.
— Narrative Methods is including Dominique McKay as senior director, Connor Gerrity as a manufacturing coordinator and Kendall Chapman as a strategic comms affiliate. McKay is rejoining the agency after serving as comms director for Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
— Will Mesinger is now an account director with MikeWorldWide, working of their company fame observe in Washington, D.C. He was beforehand a director at Seven Letter.
— Nathan Weiss is now supervisor for East Coast state and native authorities affairs at BP. He most lately was coverage director for the Democratic Governors Affiliation.
— Marie Johnson is now senior vp of communications for US Telecom-The Broadband Affiliation. She beforehand was vp of media on the American Hospital Affiliation.
— Brian Bartlett has joined comms agency Kekst CNC as a accomplice and head of the agency’s D.C. workplace. He most lately was a accomplice and chair of the worldwide company affairs observe at Rational 360 and is a Mitt Romney alum.
— Omid Ghaffari-Tabrizi is a brand new member of Google Cloud’s federal civilian coverage workforce. He was beforehand a principal at Monument Advocacy.
— Caroline Fenyo is becoming a member of Rep. Jake Auchincloss’ (D-Mass.) workplace as digital press secretary and digital director for his marketing campaign. She beforehand was an assistant account government at GMMB and is a Pete for America alum.
— Tom Van Dean and Russell Adam are becoming a member of the Herald Group. Van Dean can be a senior affiliate and at present is a commissioned officer within the U.S. Military Reserve and beforehand labored on the American Conservative Union. Adam can be an account supervisor and beforehand was a legislative assistant at Camilliere, Cloud & Kennedy.
— Jake Laperruque has joined the Middle for Democracy and Expertise as a deputy director of the nonprofit’s Safety and Surveillance Undertaking. He was previously senior counsel on the Undertaking on Authorities Oversight.
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