April 4-6, 2022 (in-person event!)

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The NASF Washington Forum for the surface finishing industry is scheduled for April 4-6, 2022 at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, VA.


The Ritz Carlton-Pentagon City

April 4-5 Program | April 6 Legislative Meetings

Monday, April 4

8:00 – 5:00 NASF Board of Directors Meeting – Ritz Carlton
6:00 – 8:00 NASF Forum Welcome Reception – Ritz Carlton

Tuesday, April 5

8:00 – 8:10 Opening Remarks

Jeff Brassard, Palm International, NASF President

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

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

Christian Richter, NASF Government Affairs / The Policy Group

8:30 – 9:30 Morning Keynote: The U.S. Congress, White House & Outlook for the 2020 Elections

Jake Sherman, Founder, Punchbowl News

9:30 – 10:15 U.S. Trade Policy and the Manufacturing Supply Chain: Outlook for 2022

Jeff Weiss, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP

10:30 – 11:15 Automotive & Supply Chain: Emerging Issues in Washington

Catherine Boland, Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association

11:15 – Noon EPA’s PFAS Effluent Guidelines for Surface Finishing: Rulemaking Status & Update

Dr. Philip Flanders, EPA Office of Water


Washington Outlook: Amy Walter National Editor, The Cook PoliticalReport

1:45 – 2:30 Labor and Workplace Policy: Recent Actions and Top Trends for Employers

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

2:30 – 3:30 Department of Defense: Key Programs and Initiatives Impacting Surface Finishing

Robin Nissan, Program Manager, Strategic Environmental Research & Dev Program and ESTCP Weapons Systems and Platforms

Michael Chipley, Cyber Security & Information Systems Information Analysis Center

Tim Tetreault, Program Manager, ESTCP Installation Energy and Water Program

3:45 – 4:15 Automotive OEM Policy Priorities & Collaboration with NASF

Julia Rege, Vice President, Energy & Environment, Automotive Alliance for Innovation (invited)

4:15 – 5:00 U.S. Department of Commerce: Recent Initiatives for US Manufacturing & Competitiveness

Gary Stanley, Director, Office of Materials Industries, Department of Commerce (invited)

Salim Bhabhrwala, Critical Minerals Sector Lead, Department of Commerce (invited)

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

Christian Richter, The Policy Group

Jeff Hannapel, The Policy Group

6:00 – 8:00 NASF Forum Reception – Ritz Carlton

Wednesday, April 6

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)
9:00 – 11:00 NASF Government Advisory Committee Meeting

For Washington Forum Questions, contact Jeff Hannapel at (202) 257-3756 or jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com

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 the Honorable Tom Ridge, former Republican Governor of Pennsylvania and the first Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush; Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), Corey Lewandowski, former Campaign Manager for President Donald Trump, and Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report.

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.

Hotel Information

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
1250 South Hayes Street
Arlington, Virginia  22202

For Washington Forum Questions, contact NASF at (202) 591-2454 or info@nasf.org.

For NASF Membership Inquiries, contact NASF at (202) 591-2454 or info@nasf.org.