2012-2013 Season

The State of Manufacturing: 2013 and Beyond

 Jay  Timmons

Jay Timmons
President & CEO
National Association of Manufacturers

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The slowest economic recovery in the nation’s history drags on. As President Obama begins his second term and a divided Congress settles in, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons will discuss the role of manufacturing in revitalizing the economy and solving the nation’s unprecedented long-term fiscal challenges. With international competition growing more intense, how can manufacturing in America maintain its global leadership?
  • Meeting Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: MotorCity Casino Hotel


 Andra  Rush

Andra Rush Founder, President & CEO
The Rush Group LLC


Speaker Biography

Jay Timmons   
Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. He became NAM president in January 2011.

Mr. Timmons is a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policy makers 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. Mr. Timmons’ Knowledge and expertise is valued and respected by influential policy makers 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, Mr. Timmons was executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as a 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, Mr. Timmons is he Chairman of the Washington Humane Society Board of Directors.He is also member of the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) Executive Committee. He attended The Ohio State University and resides in McLean, VA.