NAMA Fly-In Announces Special Program Featuring Republican And Democrat Political Heavyweights

July 8, 2015

CHICAGO – July 7, 2015 – NAMA announced today that NAMA Takes the Hill, the industry Fly-In taking place July 21-22 in Washington D.C., will feature a special political program, Power Plays: The Race is On, during dinner Tuesday evening. 

“This exclusive opportunity to hear from top political experts about the current landscape and upcoming election is something attendees won’t experience anywhere else, and is another reason the Fly-In is a “don’t miss” opportunity for the industry,” said Eric Dell, NAMA SVP of Government Affairs.

Power Plays: The Race is On, sponsored by Sodexo, includes relaxed presentations and open discussions from top-level Republican and Democrat leaders on the state of politics in America and the “lay of the land” for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. The event will take place during dinner in the Diplomat Ballroom in the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Since 1930, the hotel has played host to presidents and inaugural balls, making it a true Washington landmark.

Designed as a special opportunity for operators to network and learn about advocacy from D.C. insiders, Power Plays will be followed by feature presentations by high-ranking Members of Congress who will address the group about the importance of the grassroots political process and the significant role operators and industry leaders play in that regard.

The Republican side of the program will feature Sean Spicer, the Chief Strategist and Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC). Sean leads the negotiations and implementation of the new presidential primary debate structure and coordinates with media partners and serves as a liaison to the Republican candidates and their campaigns. In addition, he works with the Counsel’s Office and the Chief of Staff on assisting state parties with delegate selection and planning for state conventions, primaries and caucuses. Sean also serves as a liaison to the Republican National Convention staff on messaging opportunities and media strategy.

The Democrat side of the program will feature Mo Elleithee, former communications director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and recently named founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service. Before launching the institute, Mo spent nearly two decades as one of the top communications strategists in the Democratic Party, including as senior spokesman on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. He is a veteran of four presidential campaigns, and also served as a campaign strategist for four current or former United States Senators and two former Governors. Mo was a founding partner of two of Washington’s leading political consulting firms, Hilltop Public Solutions and Three Point Media, and is a frequent political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, FOX News and PBS News Hour.  

Power Plays is going to be phenomenal and something that cannot be replicated outside of D.C. due to the background of these top-level political operatives,” Dell said. “Even as a D.C. resident and student of politics, I can’t wait to hear the insights from these leaders on both sides of the political aisle. This event is a fantastic benefit for attendees provided through our successful sponsor program,” he concluded.

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the nearly $25 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry.  With more than 1250 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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