Lisbeth Lyons to Serve As PIA/GATF Vice President of Government Affairs
Press release from the issuing company
SEWICKLEY, PENNSYLVANIA, November 29, 2005 —Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation ( PIA/GATF ) is proud to announce that as of January 7, 2006, Ms. Lisbeth Lyons will commence serving PIA/GATF as Vice President of Government Affairs. In this position, Ms. Lyons will report directly to Michael Makin, PIA/GATF’s President and CEO, and will be responsible for directing our Washington, D.C.-area office in its lobbying, grassroots advocacy and PrintPAC functions. She will also assume a role in PIA/GATF’s association business as a member of the Executive Management Group. Ms. Lyons, who currently serves as PIA/GATF’s Director of Government Affairs, will take the reins from Mr. Benjamin Y. Cooper, who is leaving his position as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in order to pursue a new professional path.
Ms. Lyons brings to the position nearly a decade of professional government affairs experience in direct lobbying, grassroots advocacy and political organizing. Prior to joining PIA/GATF earlier this year, she was the Director of Government Affairs at the United States Telecom Association (USTA), representing three of the nation’s four largest telephone companies – Verizon, SBC and BellSouth – as well as dozens of regional telecom firms and hundreds of family-owned telecom businesses. While at USTA, she served on a management team that directed a multi-million dollar lobbying, advertising and grassroots campaign to convince Congress to update our country’s telecom laws.
In addition to her lobbying experience on behalf of the high-profile telecommunications industry, Ms. Lyons also brings with her an impressive background in small business advocacy. As Director of Grassroots and Legislative Services at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), she was part of a government affairs team ranked among the top three of all trade associations by Fortune magazine in its “Washington Power 25: Top Lobbying Groups” special reports. While at NFIB, she directed multi-leveled advocacy efforts that supported campaigns to repeal the estate tax, reduce individual income tax rates, reform EPA’s Superfund program, and block OSHA’s ergonomics regulation – all of which resulted in legislative victories. She also worked closely with the White House Office of Public Liaison to coordinate Presidential special events highlighting small business in America.
Ms. Lyons is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Political Management at The George Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., Ms. Lyons was an inner-city school teacher with Chicago Public Schools.
We hope that you will join us in enthusiastically welcoming Ms. Lyons to her new position at PIA/GATF, and that you will share our confidence in her ability to continue our association’s excellent reputation for first-class legislative advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Not only are we excited about our incoming leadership of PIA/GATF’s Government Affairs Department, but we are also looking forward to several positive departmental initiatives that our Board of Directors has approved for 2006, including:
Relocating our Government Affairs office from its current Northern Virginia location to a Washington, D.C. location more central to the halls of power on Capitol Hill. This move will allow PIA/GATF to even more effectively and efficiently advocate the pro-print agenda. While the specific new office site is yet to be determined, a summer move is planned.
Adding more star-power to our Government Affairs team through hiring additional staff. We are currently conducting a search for the positions of Director of Government Affairs and Manager of Grassroots & Political Affairs to expand our existing Government Affairs department.
Bringing back the popular joint PIA/GATF Summer Administrative Meetings & Legislative Conference. This event is scheduled for June 4-6, 2006 at the Hyatt Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and will bring together PIA/GATF members from across the country to discuss key, topical industry issues and to lobby Congress first-hand. We hope you will mark your calendars for this event!
As a vital sector of the nation’s economy, it is critical that the printing industry maintain a strong presence in Washington, D.C. Only by continually striving to increase our legislative and political influence on Capitol Hill will we rest assured that our association is successfully promoting a pro-print, pro-business agenda – and is successfully defending against special interests that would work to oppose that agenda.
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