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Governmental Affairs Committee

Chair: Randy McRae, International Paper
Vice Chair: Rosemary Elebash, NFIB Alabama
Staff Liaison: Brooks McClendon

The Governmental Affairs Committee reviews all legislation and monitors all legislative activity at the State House. Committee members serve as an advisory network on any and all legislative concerns (including but not limited to bills, regulations, executive matters, etc.). Each of the committee members assists the association’s lobbying strategy. The committee meets weekly during legislative sessions and on an ad-hoc basis throughout the remainder of the year.
Judith Adams
Vice President, Marketing
Alabama State Port Authority
Mobile, AL

Donna Alexander
Executive Director
Alabama Wholesale Beer Association
Montgomery, AL

Mark Atkins
Product Manager
Nucor Steel
Tuscaloosa, AL

Jimmy Baker
Chancellor
Alabama Community College System
Montgomery, AL

Jon Barganier
Executive Director
Alabama Petroleum Council
Montgomery, AL

James Bennett
President
Bennett Lumber Company
Piedmont, AL

Jena Berson
Director Business Retention
& Expansion
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Mobile, AL

Hal Bloom
Founding Principal
The Bloom Group, Inc.
Montgomery, AL

Carol A. Brown
Partner
Southern Strategy Group of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Mark Brown
Vice President, Business Retention
& Expansion
Birmingham Business Alliance
Birmingham, AL

Christina Butler
Lobbyist
Tucker Consulting
Montgomery, AL

Greg Butrus
Partner
Balch & Bingham LLP
Birmingham, AL

Patrick Cagle
President
Alabama Coal Association
Montgomery, AL

David Carroll
Senior Vice President &
General Counsel
Hunt Refining Company
Tuscaloosa, AL

Mary Margaret Carroll
Associate
Fine Geddie Government Relations
Montgomery, AL

Preston Cauthen
Governmental Affairs Analyst
Alabama Power Company
Montgomery, AL

Darby Coleman
Government Affairs
Heather Coleman Davis & Associates
Montgomery, AL

Whitney Cotton
Sr. Specialist Continuous Improvement
AM/NS Calvert
Calvert, AL

Buddy Cox
Partner
Bradley
Birmingham, AL

Jason Crager
Site Director
Lockheed Martin
Troy, AL

Jason Davis
Director Legislative Affairs & Policy
Alabama Power Company
Montgomery, AL

Michael Davis
Balch & Bingham LLP
Birmingham, AL

Gina Dearborn
President
Tucker Consulting
Birmingham, AL

Rosemary Elebash - Vice Chairman
State Director - Alabama
NFIB
Montgomery, AL

Bruce Ely
Partner
Bradley
Birmingham, AL

Mark Gaines
Special Counsel
Adams and Reese
Birmingham, AL
Maury D. Gaston
Manager, Marketing Services
AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company
Birmingham, AL

Phil Goodwin
Manager, Sales Support &
Government Affairs
U.S. Pipe & Foundry
Birmingham, AL

Logan Gray
Partner
Southern Strategy Group of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Chris Guidry
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Occident Chemical Corporation
Convent, LA
Ross Gunnells
Senior Government Relations Advisor
Butler Snow LLP
Montgomery, AL

Dan Harbeke
Head of Public Policy & External Affairs
Google, Inc.
Council Bluffs, IA

Blake Hardwich
Special Counsel
Adams and Reese, LLP
Birmingham, AL

Wesley Helton
Manager of New Market Development
Specification Rubber Products
Alabaster, AL

Lashaunda Holly
Communications Manager
BASF Corporation
McIntosh, AL

Rick Hooper
Chief Counsel
Shaw Industries Group
Dalton, GA

Horace H. Horn, Jr.
Vice President, External Affairs
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Montgomery, AL

Ted Hosp
Executive Director
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Brittney Hull
Legislative & Environmental
Relations Manager
Packaging Corporation of America
Valdosta, GA

Robert Kearley
3M
State Government Affairs
St. Paul, MN

Paul Klotz
Manager of Business Development
Thompson Engineering
Mobile, AL

Thomas Kroell
Production Controller
WKW Erbsloeh North America, LLC
Pell City, AL

Jill Landry
Regional Manager Government and Public Affairs
Holcim US
Addison, TX

Katie McCall Larson
Director, Governmental Affairs
SSAB Americas
Washington, DC

Dennis Lathem
Executive Director
Coalbed Methane Association of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

Clay Loftin
Manager of Governmental Affairs
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Alex McCrary
Director, Corporate/Federal Affairs
Alabama Power Company
Birmingham, AL

Braxton McMahan

Warehouse Manager
AmeriBolt, Inc.
Sycamore, AL


Randy McRae - Chairman
Senior Regional Government
Relations Manager
International Paper
Montgomery, AL

Jason Meredith
Government Affairs
Eastman Chemical Company
Kingsport, TN

Lisa Miller
Manager of Communications
& Marketing
Alabama Municipal Electric Authority
Montgomery, AL

Ryan O’Guin
General Manager
AmeriBolt, Inc.
Sycamore, AL

Chris Olsen
Vice President Community
and Government Affairs
Tate & Lyle
Hoffman Estates, IL
Tony D. Owens
Regulatory Affairs Manager
International Paper
Memphis, TN

Marty L. Parker
Gov/Comm/Customer Relations
Packaging Corporation of America
Jackson, AL

Dean R. Peeler
Executive Director
Alabama Petroleum Council
Montgomery, AL

Michael Power
Senior Director of State Affairs
American Chemistry Council
Atlanta, GA

James M. Proctor, II
Senior Vice President &
General Counsel
McWane, Inc.
Birmingham, AL

Allen Richardson
Regional Manager-State
Government Affairs
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Quentin Riggins
Senior Vice-President,
Governmental & Corporate Affairs
Alabama Power Company
Montgomery, AL

David Scheid
Vice President Human Resources,
Outokumpu Americas
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
Calvert, AL

John Schremser
Regulatory/Legislative Director AL/MS
CenturyLink
Montgomery, AL

J. Branch Sinkule
Senior Director, Government
Relations & Industrial Development
Kimberly Clark Corporation
Roswell, GA

Jason Slinkard
Site Director, McIntosh
BASF Corporation
McIntosh, AL

Chuck Smith
Manager
C2S Associates, LLC
Demopolis, AL

David Stewart
Partner
Bradley
Birmingham, AL

Robin Stone
Vice President of Governmental Affairs
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama
Montgomery, AL

Sean Strickler
Vice President, Public Affairs
Alabama Rural Electric Association
of Cooperatives
Montgomery, AL

John T. Thomas
Director-Business Development
M & B Metal Products Company, Inc.
Leeds, AL

Derek Trotter
Government Relations
Advisor
Butler Snow LLP
Montgomery, AL

Paul Vercher
Director of Governmental Affairs &
Public Policy
United States Steel
Hoover, AL

Alan Walters
Safety Manager
AmeriBolt, Inc.
Sycamore, AL

David Wefring
Government Affairs
3M
St. Paul, MN

Taylor Williams
Manager, Governmental Affairs & Economic Development
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Montgomery, AL

Brent Young
VP Sales & Marketing
Rolls Incorporated
Leighton, AL

Susan Zlajic
Manager, State & Local
Tax/Government Affairs
AM/NS Calvert
Chicago, IL
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