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Save the Date for next year’s Washington Forum: April 2018!


Thank you to all who joined us in Washington, D.C., for this year’s Forum event! Each year, Washington Forum allows participants to gain valuable insights on the latest news and challenges that impact the surface finishing industry. We heard from knowledgeable industry experts in more than 16 hours of sessions and spent time meeting directly with representatives from Congress. It is through this event that we can help move surface finishing forward and establish positive relationships with regulatory officials.

See details below for highlights from the 2017 Washington Forum and stay tuned for information about Washington Forum 2018 next April!

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Get a glimpse of what Washington Forum 2017 had to offer!

2017 Forum Highlights:

Jim VandeHei
Political Media Entrepreneur

NASF welcomes Politico Magazine founder and media leader Jim VandeHei as the luncheon keynote speaker for the NASF Washington Forum.

Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He has been called “one of the 100 most powerful thinkers of the information age” and is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Axios, which means “worthy” in Greek. Its mission statement is “Media is broken – and too often a scam.” The new media company will focus on delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and technology.

In addition to starting Axios, VandeHei was the co-founder and former CEO of POLITICO, the digital media company that revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. Called a “media phenomenon” by Washingtonian magazine, the all-politics-all-the-time site has been a smashing success since its 2006 launch.

Corey Lewandowski
Former Campaign Manager, Donald J. Trump, Inc. for President
Co-Founder, Avenue Strategies

The 2016 presidential race will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most unpredictable election cycles of all time. After joining the Trump campaign in January of 2015-when the team was comprised of just three people-Lewandowski served as campaign manager through June of 2016. During that time, he ran the most-discussed and unconventional campaign in American history. Bold and unapologetically aggressive in both strategy and delivery, Lewandowski helped Trump do what nearly every pundit and analyst said could not be done by defeating a wide field of presidential hopefuls, including former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Days after he left the Trump campaign, Lewandowski was named a CNN political commentator, a role he filled through the end of 2016. He is co-founder of Avenue Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in politics and government affairs. With both first-hand knowledge of President Trump’s decision-making strategies and insider access to the new administration, Lewandowski will go behind the scenes of the Trump operation to show how the campaign succeeded and how it is likely to function over the next four years.

Lewandowski’s public persona is well-known and often discussed, and he is uniquely positioned to discuss the race and how it will surely alter both political parties and governmental institutions permanently. His distinct style as campaign manager can likely be traced to his unusual pathway to the job. Lewandowski received a master’s degree in political science from American University before working for Republican political officials and even running himself as a write-in candidate in a state election. He formerly worked alongside Koch advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, and for four years worked for Republican Congressman Bob Ney. He served as campaign manager for the 2002 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Robert C. Smith of New Hampshire. Lewandowski graduated from the New Hampshire police academy and worked for four years as a New Hampshire state police officer, leaving that post in 2010. He also served as executive director the New England Seafood Producers Association and worked for strategic communications firm, Schwartz MSL. Lewandowski is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and American University.

Peter Morici
Economist, Author, and Commentator

President Trump’s promise to overhaul NAFTA and other trade agreements have been manufacturing and U.S. competitiveness at the top of the Washington agenda this year. To sort out the issues, NASF has invited back Peter Morici from last year’s Forum to discuss trade policy and its outlook for the finishing industry.

Mr. Morici is one of the nation’s top trade and manufacturing policy experts. His track record as a forecaster and his experience as an advisor to Congress and the White House has made his opinions and insight the “go to” source for the media and business and government leaders across the globe.

His analysis and commentary are frequently featured on CNN, CNBC, Fox, CBS, NPR and the BBC, and in columns and opinion pages of newspapers and portals in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author of 18 books and monographs, including The Trade Deficit: Where Does it Come From and What Does It Do and Reassessing American Competitiveness.

David “Skip” Hartquist
Partner, Kelley Drye International Trade Practice Group

Skip HartquistDavid “Skip” Hartquist is a partner in the International Trade Practice Group at Kelley Drye’s Washington, D.C. office and managing partner of the firm’s economic consulting subsidiary, Georgetown Economic Services. Under his leadership as past chairman of the International Trade practice, the group received a Tier 1 ranking in the “International Trade and Finance Law – National” and “International Trade and Finance Law – DC” categories in the 2011 “Best Law Firms” study published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Hartquist focuses his practice on international trade law and represents clients before the White House, numerous Executive Branch departments and agencies, regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Congress.

Hartquist’s clients include Allegheny Technologies Incorporated, Calgon Carbon, Carpenter Technology, the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute, the Copper and Brass Fabricators Council, Olin Corporation, the Specialty Steel Industry of North America and the Valve Manufacturers Association.

Prior to joining Kelley Drye in 1976, Hartquist worked for President Ford as general counsel of the White House Council on International Economic Policy. In that capacity, he worked on a wide range of international economic issues, including trade, finance, energy and agriculture.

In 1973 and 1974, Hartquist was assistant to the president of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency of the U.S. government that provides political risk insurance to private U.S. corporations that invest in developing countries. From 1970 to 1973, he was chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Richard S. Schweiker (R-PA). Hartquist began his legal career as assistant counsel at Bank of America in Los Angeles and as assistant Washington representative in Washington, D.C.

Thomas Sullivan
Vice President, Small Business Policy U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Sullivan is vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s
nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council and the Mid-Markets Business Council, engaging those members on a regular basis to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.

Previously, Sullivan was an attorney in the government relations practice of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, a law firm with a major East Coast presence from Tallahassee to Boston. Before rejoining Nelson Mullins, he served as general counsel for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and
George Mitchell.

Sullivan represented several firm clients before Congress and federal agencies and built a small business advocacy platform that included the Coalition for Responsible Business Finance, a group of non-bank small business providers, and the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief.

Sullivan served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he was directly involved in more than 100 regulatory and legislative matters, testified frequently before congressional committees, and was a spokesman on economic conditions and entrepreneurship. The hallmark of his tenure at SBA was a national legislative initiative guaranteeing that small business has a voice in state regulatory decisions.

Upon leaving government, Sullivan was named to the National Federation of
Independent Business Small Business Legal Center Advisory Board, and he serves on the board of directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sullivan earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989 from Boston College. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.

David Sarvadi
Partner, Keller & Heckman OSHA and Employment Law Practice

David Sarvadi is one of the most sought after Washington legal experts in the areas of occupational health and safety, toxic substance management, employment law and product safety.

Sarvadi represents clients before a variety of federal and state enforcement agencies in legal proceedings involving OSHA citations, EPA Notice of Violations, TSCA consent orders, CPSC Notices, FIFRA Stop Sale Use and Removal Orders, and EEOC Charges of Discrimination. He works with clients in developing, reviewing and auditing compliance programs in all of these areas, as well as in obtaining agency rulings on proposed or novel activities and questions, seeking interpretations of regulations as they apply to specific sets of facts.

Sarvadi has a background in occupational safety and health, having worked as an industrial hygienist for more than 15 years. He became a Certified Industrial Hygienist in 1978, a designation he held until he voluntarily relinquished it in 2010. Prior to becoming an attorney, Sarvadi was a principal in a small consulting firm, and managed a corporate industrial hygiene and product safety program for a Fortune 500 company. Sarvadi was selected by the National Academy of Sciences to participate in a panel of the Institute of Medicine that was asked to review a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on the use of respirators in the U.S. He was asked to participate because of his expertise in law and industrial hygiene.

The Honorable Tammy Duckworth
U.S. Senator (D-IL)

Invited to Congressional Reception. Tammy Duckworth represents Illinois in the United States Senate. Following her career as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, Tammy worked as an advocate for Veterans at both the state and federal level. Tammy was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012, where she has been an active voice for Illinois families.

Tammy was living in DeKalb, Illinois, working at Rotary International while pursuing a Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University, when her unit, headquartered in Peoria, was mobilized in 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. On November 12, 2004 Tammy’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She lost both legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion. As a result of her injuries, Tammy was awarded the Purple Heart.

Following her injuries, Tammy became an advocate for Veterans. While serving as Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs in Springfield, she implemented many first in the nation programs to alleviate suffering from Post Traumatic Stress, improve traumatic brain injury screening and reduce homelessness among Veterans. She declined a military medical retirement and continued to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in Springfield with the Illinois Army National Guard.

In 2009, President Obama nominated Tammy to be an Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she headed the department’s effort to end Veteran homelessness and was a leader in initiatives for female Veterans. She also implemented innovative efforts such as creating the Office of Social Media and Online Communications and the Office for Tribal Government Relations.

In Congress, Tammy is focused on growing our economy by advocating for small businesses, investing in infrastructure, improving the lives of our Veterans and cutting government waste and fraud. Tammy serves on the House Armed Services and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

Andrew H. Friedman
Principal, The Washington Update

Andrew H. FriedmanAfter multiple requests from attendees, Andy Friedman is back again. According to CNBC, Andy Friedman is “one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on all things political.” An expert on political affairs, Andy is known for predicting the outcomes of Washington deliberations and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider in light of the changing political landscape.

Andy was a senior partner with the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for almost thirty years, serving as head of the tax and corporate groups. He received his bachelor degree as valedictorian from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his law degree from the Harvard Law School.
Andy also served as tax counsel to Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League.
Andy appears on CNBC, which refers to him as “Wall Street’s Tax Expert” and calls him “one of Washington’s savviest political observers.”

Andy also has appeared on the Larry Kudlow Show, the Fox Business Channel, and POTUS radio, has been profiled in the Washington Post and Research Magazine, and is quoted extensively in publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to USA Today. Andy is included in Best Lawyers in America and Chambers’ America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which notes that “Andy’s ability to combine vast knowledge and a practical mindset permits him to convey the most complex of tax concepts in layman’s terms. He is the expert’s expert. If every lawyer were like him, the world would be a much better place.”

Rainer Venz, President
German Electroplater Association, DGO

Rainer VenzRainer Venz is the President of the German Electroplater Association (DGO) and the Vice President of the Central Association for Surface Treatment in Germany (ZVO). Since 2011, he served as the Chairman of the advisory board of the professorship “electrochemistry and electroplating” at the University of Ilmenau, Germany. He has over 35 years of experience in the German and global finishing industry.

He is now Global Director of Key Industry Management Automotive programs and Managing Director of Coventya German since 2006, and was formerly at INA Schaeffler, where he was responsible for standards, design engineering, development of new surface treatment systems and auditing and approval of job shops.