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2013 Government Affairs Fly-In

May 21 — 31, 2013

Location: Washington SunTrust Headquarters

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Government Affairs Fly-In
May 21 - 22, 2013
Washington SunTrust Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

It happens once a year. Our industry leaders gather in Washington to learn about the current political landscape and what to expect in the year ahead. This unique opportunity allows you to play a vital role in molding the industry’s future while protecting your business from the whims of Congress.

Join us for the most important day of the year in direct response advocacy. The Government Affairs Fly-In in Washington, DC is your opportunity to establish or maintain your presence as an industry leader. From Tuesday, May 21 - Wednesday, May 22, you have the unique chance to:

  • Network with other top professionals in the DR industry--90% of attendees are VP level or above
  • Meet with key advocacy leaders from Congressional offices
  • Get prepared! Learn about policy changes that could affect your business in the year to come
  • Demonstrate the importance of your industry to legislators and regulators
  • And more!
Register now!

SunTrust Headquarters Building
1445 New York Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.
9th Floor

ERA Members: $299 before May 17 / $349 On-site
Non-Members: $399 before May 17 / $449 On-site

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Schedule of Events

Please note the schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, May 21 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception
  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PAC Event Special Guest: Representative Lee Terry
Contact Bill McClellan for more information about the PAC Event.
Wednesday, May 22 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
  8:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Welcome Introduction
  8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. The Big Picture - Washington 2013
  9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. FTC Panel 2013: Lee Peeler, Advertising Self-Regulatory Council; Linda Goldstein, Manatt; Jeff Knowles, Venable; Lois Greisman, Bureau of Consumer Protection
  10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Issues Education Session
  12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch with the FTC: Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen
  1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Team Meetings on the Issues
  1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Appointments on Capitol Hill
  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Closing Reception


Meet the Panel Speakers
Maureen K. Ohlhausen was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on April 4, 2012, to a term that expires in September 2018. Prior to joining the Commission, Ohlhausen was a partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where she focused on FTC issues, including privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity. Ohlhausen previously served at the Commission for 11 years, most recently as Director of the Office of Policy Planning from 2004 to 2008, where she led the FTC's Internet Access Task Force. She was also Deputy Director of that office. From 1998 to 2001, Ohlhausen was an attorney advisor for former FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle, advising him on competition and consumer protection matters. She started at the FTC General Counsel’s Office in 1997. Before coming to the FTC, Ohlhausen spent five years at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, serving as a law clerk for Judge David B. Sentelle and as a staff attorney. Ohlhausen also clerked for Judge Robert Yock of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims from 1991 to 1992. Ohlhausen graduated with distinction from George Mason University School of Law in 1991 and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1984. 

A lifelong Nebraskan, Congressman Lee Terry has worked continually to empower the people of the Second District. He has been a leader for Nebraska by advocating American energy security, respect for life and a fiscally sound balanced budget. A strong proponent of limited government, Lee has been an outspoken and leading opponent against government intrusion of health care and the Internet. Lee currently serves on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which is the oldest standing legislative committee in the House. For the 113th Congress, Lee is serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. This subcommittee casts a wide-net over issues that affect every American, every day. CMT’s jurisdiction covers interstate and foreign commerce issues; specifically, regulation of commercial practices and the Federal Trade Commission, including sports-related matters; data security; consumer affairs, protection and product safety; privacy matters; product liability; motor vehicle safety; and regulation of travel and tourism. Seen as a knowledgeable leader in the telecommunications field, Lee served as the Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee of Communications and Technology. He is currently a member of the Subcommittee of Energy and Power and the Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations within the Energy and Commerce Committee. 

Executive Vice President, National Advertising Self-Regulation Program, CBBB 
Lee Peeler, Esq., is President and CEO of the National Advertising Review Council (NARC) and Executive Vice President, National Advertising Self-Regulation, Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB). Mr. Peeler is responsible for leading the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation, a system dedicated to fostering truth and accuracy in advertising. He oversees the operation of NARC investigative and appeals units; briefs elected officials on self-regulatory initiatives, works to expand advertising self-regulation to industries that are not yet regular participants and consults with representatives of foreign governments on the value of industry self-regulation. Mr. Peeler joined NARC and BBB in 2006, following a 33-year career at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), where he held a number management positions. While at the FTC, he served as Associate Director of the Division of Advertising Practices (1985-2001) and Deputy Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection (2001-2006.) He has spoken and testified widely on consumer protection issues including truth in advertising, consumer credit, electronic commerce, privacy and data security. Mr. Peeler received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Georgetown University. 

Frank Micciche is the Vice President of Partnerships for the Campaign to Fix the Debt. In this role, he helps to lead outreach to a wide variety of stakeholders who are part of the budget debate. Most recently, he oversaw the Common Ground Summit, a gathering of more than 70 organizations from across the political spectrum at which the groups agreed on a statement of shared principles to guide future advocacy on the issue. Frank previously worked at the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, where he specialized in developing and implementing public policy strategies for clients working to help states and the federal government innovate in the area of health care—with a particular focus on establishment of health insurance exchanges. Prior to that, Frank worked in the Washington Office of Governor John Engler of Michigan, focusing on health and human services issues. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Director of State-Federal Relations for Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, where he coordinated all interaction between the Commonwealth and the federal government, and advised the Governor on federal policy.
Linda Goldstein is widely recognized as one of the leading advertising lawyers in the country. Prior to joining Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where she is a partner and chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Division, Ms. Goldstein was a name partner at the New York law firm Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood.
Ms. Goldstein represents the world's leading consumer products/services and advertising and marketing companies in advertising, intellectual property and digital media matters. Her practice includes conducting legal compliance reviews of advertising campaigns for brand marketers and agencies, representing clients in false advertising and unfair competition investigations and enforcement actions, advising clients on promotional marketing programs, and negotiating and drafting industry-governing agreements.
Jeffrey Knowles joined Venable's Washington, DC office as an equity partner in 1984. He manages Venable's Government Division and heads the firm's Advertising, Marketing and New Media Practice Group. He is also a member of Venable's Executive Committee, Compensation Committee, Partnership Selection Committee and Expansion Committee. He focuses on national television advertising, direct-to-consumer marketing and e-commerce.
Mr. Knowles founded and served for thirteen years as general counsel to the Electronic Retailing Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Electronic Retailing Association and past Chair of the association's Government Affairs Committee. He represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Postal Service, state attorneys general, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and self-regulatory bodies such as the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulatory Program and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Mr. Knowles is nationally recognized as the leading attorney in the direct response television industry. He focuses on law enforcement, federal and state regulatory matters, litigation and dispute resolution, unfair competition and protection of intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyrights. He also handles media relations and crisis management.
Lois Greisman heads the Division of Marketing Practices in the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. Under Ms. Greisman’s management, Marketing Practices leads the FTC’s law enforcement initiatives tackling telemarketing fraud (including Do Not Call enforcement), fraudulent investment opportunity schemes, and Internet frauds, with particular focus on challenges posed by new technologies and convergence issues. Marketing Practices also leads enforcement of the CAN-SPAM Act.
David Castagnetti is a Democratic political strategist with a Red Sox enthusiast’s ardor for hitting them out of the park. David has worked at the forefront of many of the significant legislative issues of the past two decades; building a long record of success in business, government and politics.
Known as a Democrat who understands how to talk to business, David is widely regarded as a leading legislative strategist who has played a critical role in shaping some of the most significant global policy issues of our time - from trade with China to global e-commerce to health care reform. Recognized as one of Washington's top lobbyists by Business Week, Washingtonian Magazine, The Hill and CQ, he is a trusted advisor to Members of Congress, Fortune 100 CEOs, trade associations and other organizations - who appreciate his street smarts and ability to blend policy and politics while navigating tough issues through difficult legislative and regulatory hurdles.
Before joining the bipartisan firm, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., David served as the day-to-day point person to Congressional leaders and Members of the House and Senate for Senator John Kerry's 2004 Presidential campaign. As the Director of Congressional Operations, David provided briefings to both caucuses on the strategy, polling and message of the campaign, while earning plaudits for his sensitive work managing speaking roles at the Convention and surrogate outreach during debates.
One of the few people to have served in senior positions to Members on both the Senate Finance Committee and House Commerce Committee, David began his career in the Office of Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA). A strong believer in "what-you-see-is-what-you-get." client service, David has instilled that same approach at his firm, where principals do the work without pushing it off on junior associates.
Alex Vogel has a true insider's perspective on Washington's legislative, communications and political challenges. In fact, he has spent more than a decade counseling Members of Congress, campaigns, corporations and trade associations on effective strategies for overcoming those challenges. Alex's analysis and insights have made him a frequent contributor on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and to the Washington Post. Alex is consistently recognized as one of the country's "top lobbyists" by National Journal, CQ, The Hill and other publications. In the years prior to launching Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti Inc., Alex served as Chief Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. He was the architect of political and legislative strategy on tort reform, technology, telecommunications, asbestos reform, entertainment industry issues and campaign finance reform. As a Senate leadership staffer, Alex developed an intuitive understanding of both the process and practical operation of the Senate.
Holding a Top Secret Security Clearance, he was the Majority Leader's liaison to the 9/11 Commission and coordinated issues relating to domestic security and preserving continuity of government for the legislative branch. Alex also directed the appointment of all boards and commissions falling within the authority of the Senate, giving him a unique insight into and familiarity with the appointments process. During his time in the Majority Leader's office, Alex also served as the liaison to the Senate High Tech Task Force, building important and long lasting relationships with key figures in the technology industry.

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2013 Government Affairs Fly-In

May 21 — 31, 2013
Washington SunTrust Headquarters
1445 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005 
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