Anheuser-Busch Briefing Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
1615 H St NW, Washington, D.C.
Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
The Board of Directors’ is comprised of nationally recognized leaders with a unique appreciation of the challenges facing business. The board’s participation is important to the success of each of NCF’s initiatives and programs. NCF relies on board members for new ideas on issues where their knowledge and expertise will help to advance business solutions.
William G. Little is president and chief executive officer of Quam-Nichols Company and is chairman of the National Chamber Foundation. Little was chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1998-1999 and has been a Chamber director since 1994.
As president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) Hirschmann leads the Chamber’s initiative dedicated to making U.S. capital markets the most fair, efficient, transparent, and attractive in the world. This effort addresses domestic and international securities regulation and enforcement and financial reporting issues, including auditor viability, and proxy rules.
Thomas J. Donohue is president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Since assuming his position in 1997, Donohue has built the Chamber into a lobbying and political powerhouse with expanded influence across the globe.
Margaret Spellings is a senior adviser to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on public policy. She serves as president and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company and provides strategic guidance to some of the most recognized philanthropic and private sector organizations in the world.
Chavern serves as chair of the Chamber’s Management Committee and is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as long-term planning. This includes responsibility for a range of policy, financial, administrative, and legal operations. Chavern also oversees several revenue operations, including corporate partnerships and small business outreach and membership.
Lily Fu Claffee is senior vice president, chief legal officer, and general counsel of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She leads all of the Chamber’s legal operations, including representing the organization in legal disputes, and she oversees the National Chamber Litigation Center, an incorporated public policy law firm associated with the U.S. Chamber.
Immediately prior to joining the Chamber, Claffee was a partner in the international law firm of Jones Day, where she represented corporations in federal litigation, regulatory, and national security matters.
Stan Harrell is senior vice president, chief financial officer, and chief information officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Alfonso “Al” Martinez-Fonts Jr. is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Martinez-Fonts previously was a consultant to the U.S. Chamber as president of Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in homeland security and international issues. He was also affiliated with Adelphi Capital, LLC, and Command Consulting Group.
Kathryn Traver is executive director of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She oversees the operations functions of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation and the Chamber’s 501(c)(3) affiliate organizations – the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) and the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC).
Previously, Traver was senior director of the Chamber’s corporate social responsibility affiliate, the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), where she led program management and operations.
Kevin M. Burke is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Since Mr. Burke joined the AAFA in June 2001, AAFA has grown its membership base, its member programs, its financial position and its standing on Capitol Hill.
Diana F. Cantor is a partner with Alternative Investment Management, LLC, an independent, privately-held investment management firm. Prior to joining the firm, she was a managing director of New York Private Bank & Trust, the wealth management division of Emigrant Bank.
Harry Clark is a managing partner at Stanwich Group LLC, and serves as senior counselor to the Brunswick Group, an independent public affairs and financial communications consultancy.
Clark also currently serves as management and public policy consultant to Travelers Insurance, Barclays Capital, Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI) and The Investment Fund for Foundations (TIFF).
Thomas J. Collamore is senior vice president of Communications and Strategy and counselor to the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Collamore is responsible for all Chamber communications, including media outreach, Web strategy, paid media, publications, member interface, and branding. In addition, he advises senior management on long-term strategy and political engagement.
Mr. Cramer is President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Defense and Business (IDB). He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology (LOGTECH) and was previously the acting Executive Director of the Center for Stabilization and Economic Reconstruction (CSER). Prior to assuming the duties of President in 2007, he served as Senior Vice President, legal counsel and Executive Secretary of the IDB, and he established the IDB’s CSER activities and programs.
Lisa R. Davis is the vice president of Corporate Affairs for MedImmune, the biologics division of AstraZeneca. She directs all internal and external communications, including executive communications and media relations, along with the corporate social responsibility and government affairs organizations within MedImmune.
Patrick Dowling is partner and chief investment officer at Massif Partners Private Debt. Prior to joining Massif Partners, Dowling was a managing partner atWhite Oak Global Advisors as well as senior managing director and Group Head at Tygris Commercial Finance Group where he also was a corporate officer and founder.
Ed Feulner's leadership as President of The Heritage Foundation has transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into a powerhouse of conservative ideas. Under Feulner, Heritage's presence in Washington grew from a nine-member staff working out of a rented office on Capitol Hill in 1977 to a 200-person organization occupying two office buildings near the U.S. Capitol today.
Feulner's work in the conservative movement throughout his life earned him praise from a range of individuals including Heritage donors and U.S. Presidents.
Al From is one of America's premier strategists and policy entrepreneurs with a track record of injecting innovative ideas into the national debate, turning major national institutions around, and changing the course of American life.
His new venture, The From Company, LLC, offers strategic advice to private clients.
Craig Fuller became the President and CEO of AOPA on Jan. 1, 2009. He is only the fourth person to hold this position since AOPA was founded in 1939. He brings to this position a career that includes senior public affairs positions in business, association leadership, and executive positions in the federal government, including eight years of service in the White House from 1981 to 1989.
H.P. Goldfield provides strategic advice to clients regarding international affairs, international trade matters, and legislative issues.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, H.P. served as a senior partner at another Washington, D.C. law firm where he was responsible for international trade and transactional problem-solving activities on behalf of major U.S. and non-U.S. clients. He was also responsible for developing and implementing complex legislative and regulatory strategies.
H.P. formerly served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development.
NRCA Executive Vice President William Good is a member of the Chamber's Association Committee of 100, a group composed of top association executives from throughout the United States. The committee routinely meets with Chamber President Thomas Donohue to discuss issues affecting associations. Good also is a member of the Chamber's Public Affairs Committee, which endorses candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
Mr. Hershman is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability and governance. The Fairfax Group founded in 1983 has been retained by Governments, Corporations and International Financial Institutions to assist on matters relating to misconduct of senior level officials or entities which they do business with.
Fairfax has assisted Governments from India to Chile on corruption investigations of senior level officials and has served as the appointed Monitor of Companies which have violated laws, rules or regulations.
Ambassador Jones’ practice focuses on international trade, investment and commerce, business-government relations and financial services. He also has worked extensively with global distribution and marketing organizations targeting Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
While at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Jurey has successfully established the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development in collaboration with the University of Texas at Arlington, the City of Arlington, and the Tarrant County Workforce Board. He was also appointed by Assistant Secretary Emily DeRocco, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, to develop the Department's five-year strategic research plan.
Dan Kirby is the president of Kirby Financial, LLC. Kirby previously served as executive vice president and general counsel of Western Surety Company and retired as chairman.
Kirby is chairman of the board for the National Association of Independent Sureties; the Judicial and Guaranty Bond Committee of the Surety Association of America; and the Fidelity and Surety Committee of the American Insurance Association. Kirby is a member of the South Dakota State Bar and the California State Bar.
Mr. Klaassen founded Sunrise Senior Living with his wife, Terry, in 1981. He has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Sunrise since the company's inception. He is the founding chairman and a director of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). Mr. Klaassen serves as a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in addition toThe National Chamber Foundation.
Mr. Lebedev currently holds a portfolio of assignments which span the business, government and philanthropic sectors. He serves as Chairman of the publicly-funded Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, whose mission is to promote free market institutions in emerging economies throughout the world. He is a Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce, the largest business federation in the world.
Mr. Mack is President and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the interntional trade association representing suppliers of heavy machinery and related services to the construction, mining and forestry industries in North America. AED provides public policy advocacy, technology services, market and financial information and educational services.
Mike began his travel career in the early 1980’s, working for Hilton Hotels, a European tour operator, an international airline, and a major Washington area travel company. In 1989, he and his wife opened MacNair Travel, which now employs over 50 people.
Paul is a 1972 graduate of the University of Rochester, where he received his BA in History. In 1978, he received his JD with honors from Suffolk University Law School.
Bill McDermott was appointed co-CEO of SAP alongside Jim Hagemann Snabe in February 2010. In this capacity, and as a member of the SAP Executive Board and Global Managing Board, Bill McDermott focuses on developing and executing SAP's strategy, together with Jim Hagemann Snabe. The co-CEOs strengthen relationships with customers and partners, drive SAP's innovation portfolio across all markets, and ensure operational excellence across the company.
Joseph P. O’Neill is President and CEO of Public Strategies Washington, Inc. (PSW).
O’Neill brings to PSW years of experience from Capitol Hill, the political campaign trail, and trade association leadership. He has a well-earned reputation for providing PSW clients with strategic counsel that not only considers the public policy aspects of an issue but also anticipates the likely political dynamics.
Michael F. Roche has been Vice President of National Affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. since January 2004. In this capacity, he heads the Anheuser-Busch office in Washington, D.C., and manages the company's relations with all branches of the federal government. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Beer Institute, the national trade association for brewers in the United States.
John Ruan III presently serves as Chairman and CEO of Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Des Moines, Iowa. John received his BS in Business Administration from Northwestern University in 1965, and is a 1978 graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. In addition to the transportation business, John is also Chairman of Bankers Trust Company, NA Ruan Center Corporation, City Center Corporation, Iowa Export-Import Trading Company and Ruan Securities Company.
Mr. Samuels heads the firm's Corporate Services practice in the Chicago office and is a member of the firm’s Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Governance and International Practice Groups, focusing on the following:
Leslie G. Sarasin, CAE, president and chief executive officer of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI), has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Chamber Foundation, an independent, non-profit, public policy think tank affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
As president and CEO of Tecta America Corp., Brynne E. Smith oversees the strategic direction and overall growth of Tecta America and its member companies, totaling 40 locations and more than 3,000 employees.
Previously, Smith was senior vice president and COO of Tecta America Corp. and led all of the company’s operational aspects, aligning the strengths and synergies of the local and regional business unit locations.
Joan Verplanck is president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, a 95-year-old Trenton-based business advocacy organization. Since her election in 1995 as the chamber's first female president, Joan has represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving the port and education. She was a founding member of Nation'sPort in 1996, and continues to serve as its co-chair..
David C. Weinstein is executive vice president of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States and the number one provider of workplace retirement savings plans.