Association TRENDS announces the 2016 Association Executive of the Year: Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers

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BETHESDA, MD (December 3, 2015). – Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers, Washington, is the TRENDS 2016 Association Executive of the Year. 

“Jay is greatly respected by his peers and colleagues, and rightly so. His work and leadership over the years at the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States, make him a worthy successor to those association leaders who have been honored since James Low was first recognized as TRENDS Association Executive of the Year in 1980. Jay has led the NAM to become a forward-looking association of the future, leveraging collaboration and innovation to tackle the challenges of a changing economic and political landscape,” TRENDS Publisher Emily Howard said.

A leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, Timmons is passionate about educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and bring about a manufacturing renaissance.

He is driven by the principles instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at a Mead plant for nearly four decades and where he witnessed manufacturing's ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities. Jay’s knowledge and expertise is valued and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and the Administration. He knows how to navigate the complexities of the policymaking process in the nation's capital and brings with him an exceptional understanding of manufacturing issues.

Prior to his appointment as NAM president, Jay was executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as senior vice president of policy and government relations. His previous experience includes serving as chief of staff to Congressman, Governor and Senator George Allen (R-VA) from 1991 to 2002, and a term as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2004 election cycle. When he first came to Washington in the 1980s, he served as press secretary to Congressman Jim Martin (R-NC) and later Alex McMillan (R-NC).

A passionate advocate for the adoption of companion animals, Jay is the chairman of the Washington Humane Society Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. He attended The Ohio State University and resides with his family in McLean, Virginia

Timmons will be honored at the TRENDS 2016 Salute to Association Excellence, March 4th at the Capital Hilton in Washington. Details: Also to be honored at the TRENDS Salute will be the 2016 Association Partner of the Year, Richard Whelan, Marketing General Inc; the 2015 Young and Aspiring Association Professionals; the 2015 Leading Lobbyists and the winners of the 2015 TRENDS All Media Contest, the most watched and respected competition for association communications in the country. For more information on the Salute,

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