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2009 Legislative Conference Recap

Masonry Industry Legislative Conference a huge success

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Left to right: Matt Keelen (MCAA Lobbyist), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President), Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA 2nd), Tom Daniel (MCAA President) and John Smith, Jr. (MCAA Secretary)
Left to right: Matt Keelen (MCAA Lobbyist), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President), Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA 2nd), Tom Daniel (MCAA President) and John Smith, Jr. (MCAA Secretary) | Enlarge Photo
The 2009 MCAA Legislative Conference was a huge success. With a total of about 15 members in attendance, attendees managed to attend over 40 appointments with our lawmakers and staff within a 15 hour time frame. Attendees were moving at a very fast pace through the 15 hour period and were making our presence known on Capitol Hill. Issues addressed and discussed included:
Left to right: Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL 6th), John Smith, Jr. (MCAA Secretary), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President)
Left to right: Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL 6th), John Smith, Jr. (MCAA Secretary), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President) | Enlarge Photo
One goal of the conference was to reach out to blue dog democrats this year and find additional co-sponsors for bills related to our issues. Attendees received numerous commitments during their appointments.

Left to right: Matt Keelen (MCAA Lobbyist), Eric Dell (Congressman Wilson's Chief of Staff), Mike Sutter (MCAA Region G Vice President), Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC 2nd), Frank Campitelli (MCAA Past President), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President), Tom Daniel (MCAA President) and Damian Lang (MCAA Marketing Committee Chairman)
Left to right: Matt Keelen (MCAA Lobbyist), Eric Dell (Congressman Wilson's Chief of Staff), Mike Sutter (MCAA Region G Vice President), Jeff Buczkiewicz (MCAA Executive Director), Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC 2nd), Frank Campitelli (MCAA Past President), Roy Swindal (MCAA Region B Vice President), Tom Daniel (MCAA President) and Damian Lang (MCAA Marketing Committee Chairman) | Enlarge Photo
The legislative committee is preparing for a very busy year ahead given the fast paced approach the new administration has taken on many issues. Our businesses involvement in the political process has never been as important as it is today. There are many proposed issues that we will be dealing with that can have a huge impact on everyone’s bottom line. If you would like to be more active with the committee or would be interested in learning more about the New MAC PAC insider group, please send an e-mail to Jeff today at jeffb@masoncontractors.org.


About the Author

Jeff Buczkiewicz is the President and CEO of the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has worked in the masonry industry for several years as the Executive Vice President of the Building Stone Institute and the Director of Marketing and Membership for the Mason Contractors Association of America. Jeff has also served as Secretary on the Board of the Natural Stone Council and is a former Board Member of the StonExpo Federation.

 

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