Washington Forum

2024 Washington Forum

Monday, September 16 Wednesday, September 18

The Forum includes presentations and briefings from national and global experts on pertinent policy, technical, regulatory, and management issues impacting the surface finishing industry, including environmental regulatory issues, labor and workplace trends, tax policy, economic outlooks, supply chain challenges, globally regulatory developments, and political and election outlooks.

Recent speakers at the Forum have included Jake Sherman- Founder, Punchbowl News, Jeff Weiss- Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Marc Freedman- Vice President of Employment Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Michael Chipley- Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center.

In addition, Washington Forum Participants also have the option during the event to meet with their own congressional representatives and staff to educate them about the importance and impact of the surface finishing industry, the challenges facing companies, and specific policy priorities of concern.

Registration & Hotel Arrangements

This year, the Washington Forum will take place at The Willard in Washington, DC.  Registration will open soon.

When booking flights, remember as an NASF member you receive a Delta discount. Click here for instructions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Put your company’s name at the forefront of attendees’ minds and build name recognition. Sponsor the Washington Forum receptions, speakers, and more! Reach out to [email protected] to inquire!

Last Year's Agenda

Monday Afternoon, October 30, 2023 | Ambassador Room

12:00 – 5:00         NASF Board of Directors Meeting – Ritz Carlton

2:00 – 7:00         Registration – Ritz Carlton, Lobby

Monday Evening, October 30, 2023 | Diplomat Room

5:00 – 7:00         NASF Forum Welcome Reception – Ritz Carlton, Salon II

                                           Debra Shore, EPA Region 5 Administrator (Chicago) 

Tuesday Morning, October 31, 2023 | Diplomat Room

7:15 – 8:00         Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10         Opening Remarks          

                                           Waasy Boddison, NASF President

                                           Rick Delawder, SWD Inc., Chairman, NASF Government Advisory Committee

                                           Rosario Palmieri, NASF Executive Director

8:10 – 8:30         NASF Update:  The Industry Agenda

                                           Christian Richter, The Policy Group

8:30 – 9:30         Automotive Industry Policy Agenda and Supply Chain Priorities

                                            Mark Bacchus, Senior Manager, Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Toyota

                                           Catherine Palin, Senior Attorney and Environmental Director, AAI

                                            Bill Frymoyer, Vice President, Public Policy, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association

9:30 – 10:15       U.S. Economic and Manufacturing Outlook

                                           Curtis Dubay, Chief Economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce                                 

10:15 – 10:30    Break

10:30 – 11:00    EPA’s PFAS Effluent Guidelines for Surface Finishing: Rulemaking Status & Update    

                                           Dr. Philip Flanders, EPA Office of Water

11:00 – 11:30      A Wastewater Utility Perspective on the Challenge of PFAS and Surface Finishing

                                           Cynthia Finley, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

11:30  Noon    Industry Partnerships: NASF Collaboration with Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)                     

                                           Lecedra Welch-Jones, Program Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Automotive Industry Action Group

Noon – 12:15      Break

12:15  1:45         Lunch Keynote   

                                         Bart Meroney, Executive Director for Manufacturing, U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Commerce

1:30 – 2:00         Break

2:00 – 2:45         Labor and Workplace Policy: Recent Actions and Trends Impacting Employers 

                                           Marc Freedman, Vice President of Employment Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce  

2:45 – 3:15         U.S. Trade Policy and the Manufacturing Supply Chain: Outlook for 2022

                                           John Herrman, Partner, Kelley Drye     

3:15 – 3:30         Break       

3:30 – 4:15         U.S. Defense Industrial Base Resilience: Outlook and Priorities

                                          Halimah Najieb-Locke, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience

4:15 – 5:00         Strengthening the Future of U.S. Manufacturing: Metals and Critical Mineral                              

                                          Lauren Schefsky, International Trade Specialist

                                          John Meakem, International Trade Specialist

                                         Office of Critical Minerals and Metals, U.S. Department of Commerce                       

5:00                     Adjourn

5:15 – 5:45         Congressional Meetings:  Preparing for Meetings for Capitol Hill (Optional)

                                           Christian Richter, The Policy Group

                                           Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group

5:30 – 7:30         NASF Forum Reception – Ritz Carlton | Ambassador Room

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | Diplomat Room

7:00 – 8:30         NASF Breakfast & Briefing                        

                                           Christian Richter, The Policy Group

                                           Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group

8:30 – 5:00         Congressional Visits (Optional – Restricted Access) Capitol Hill        

Cancellation Policy

 If a cancellation is requested prior to August 15, 2024, a full refund will be issued with a $75 handling fee. Those requesting cancellations between August 16 – 31, 2024, will be issued a 50% refund. No requested refund will be issued on September 1, 2024 or after. 

Any questions regarding this event can be directed to NASF at [email protected]g.