Advocacy in Action: A Broad Industry Perspective
DEEP DIVE SESSIONS:90-minute, large-group drill downs to help you master business-critical topics from the perspective of multiple experts.
Knowledge is power. And NAMA’s Advocacy in Action session will give you the government affairs knowledge you need to power through for solid margins both now and in the future. Four experts will delve deep and wide to help you navigate the complex legislative and regulatory landscape at the federal, state and local levels.
Clark will share her confection (candy) industry perspective on current legislation affecting the industry as a whole. She’ll touch on topics ranging from reform of the sugar program at the federal level to candy taxes, healthy food restrictions and labeling at the state and local levels.
Gent will probe into each of the most important state and local issues affecting the beverage community. Gain insights into proposed sugar-sweetened beverage taxes, labeling issues, including the Calories Count Program, sustainability efforts and beverage restrictions that have the potential to impact your business.
Sanders will speak to the future of the National Dietary Guidelines, labeling and other legislative and regulatory issues affecting baked products sold in the vending channel. This is must-know information for operators looking to stay ahead of health and wellness issues in the vending industry.
Dell will round out the 2014 NAMA OneShow government affairs education with business-critical discussions across a broad spectrum of topics, including calorie disclosure, coin and currency changes, USDA school vending rules, state and local tax proposals, product bans and electronic payment systems issues.
Liz Clark, Vice President, Government Affairs, National Confectioners Association; Genna Gent, Vice President, State & Local Government Affairs, American Beverage Association; Lee Sanders, CAE, SVP, Government Relations & Public Affairs, American
, Sr. VP, Government Affairs, NAMA
Eric Dell - Eric Dell serves as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), leading a government affairs division which includes four office locations: Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; Pasadena, CA; and Chicago, IL and seven staff members. Dell previously served as Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Joe Wilson for nine years. Dell has also previously served as Vice President of The Keelen Group, a lobbying firm in Washington, DC. Dell’s career has focused on political, government, and legal service.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from The University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Dell is currently obtaining his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), with a finance concentration, at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business. His legal career spanned for three years as a law clerk to the late Judge Marc Westbrook and an associate at the law firm of Wilson, Taylor, Moore & Thomas in West Columbia, SC, where he practiced real estate law.
Wednesday, April 09
8:30 am - 10:00 am