Four participants have been selected for the NECA 2017 National Legislative Conference Policy Panel that will be held later this week in Washington D.C.
This annual meeting is the premiere legislative conference for electrical contractors to hear about the top issues affecting the industry and meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions. There’s still time to register at www.necanet.org.
The NECA Policy Panel, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, will feature Tara Bradshaw, Chris Heinz, Brian T. Pallasch and Brian Reardon. Marco Giamberardino, NECA’s Executive Director of Government Affairs will moderate the 90-minute discussion.
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A member of the Washington Council Ernst & Young practice of Ernst & Young LLP, where she provides clients with legislative and government affairs strategies related to a broad range of policy areas, including financial services, corporate taxation, and health tax issues. She also provides clients with integrated communications, media relations and public affairs strategies. Bradshaw also served as the Communications Director for the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, where she developed and implemented the communications strategy. From 2001 to 2004, Tara served as a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of the Treasury regarding tax policy, tax reform, IRS, and the Administration’s budget and economic issues.
A Principal at the firm of Grossman Heinz. Heinz has more than 30 years of experience as a Congressional lobbyist, national union political director, local union official and grassroots coordinator. His clients include national, regional and local labor organizations, corporations and trade associations and is known as an expert in transportation and energy construction, pensions and labor-management cooperation. In December 2014, after an intense four-year Congressional lobbying campaign, Heinz won critical pension reform legislation that will protect the benefits programs of union members from the lingering impact of the 2008 stock market crash. Previously, Heinz served as the Political and Legislative Director of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.
Brian T. Pallasch
Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Washington, DC. He has been responsible for managing the ASCE’s government relations department including federal and state legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, grassroots, and policy development, since joining the staff in 1999. Pallasch served as the Director of Government Relations for the American Subcontractors Association for three years where he was responsible for all federal and state relations. He was President of the American League of Lobbyists in 2007-2008. Previously, Mr. Pallasch was Director of Government Relations for the American Society of Association Executives and the Project Coordinator of the Citizenship Education and Peace Project at the Council for the Advancement of Citizenship.
A Principal at Venn Strategies, LLC. Brian joined Venn after serving as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy, where he was the principal tax aide at the National Economic Council. Prior to serving on the White House staff, Mr. Reardon was staff director and chief economist for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Reardon has been the lead tax lobbyist with the National Federation of Independent Business and an aide to Sen. Spencer Abraham. At Venn, Reardon works to ensure that Venn’s clients have market moving information first; that economic policies are fully understood by Congress; and that tax, energy, and health care policy encourages investment.