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Fly-In & Advocacy Summit

July 15-17, 2019 • Washington, DC

Join fellow business and industry leaders to bring your voice to Members of Congress in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit their Members of Congress and staff to address issues of importance to the convenience services industry and business community.

This event is free for NAMA members and $25 for non-members. Attendees are responsible for their airfare and hotel accommodations.

Why Attend?

  • Make a difference on issues impacting the convenience services industry and business community
  • Help shape policies that affect your business in issue-focused meetings with key Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers
  • Develop relationships with influential Congressional lawmakers and staff
  • Help establish or strengthen relationships between NAMA members and Members of Congress
  • Gain a unique perspective on how federal policies are developed in Washington, DC
  • Network with industry colleagues from across the country at the welcome reception, orientation dinner and special events
  • Participate in a dedicated advocacy training to prepare you for Hill meetings

Event Schedule

Download the 2019 event schedule here.


Please contact Eric Dell at [email protected] or Marilyn Dent at [email protected]


Fairmont Washington, DC

2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
hotel website / map & directions

2019 Speakers

NAMA is pleased to announce highly engaging and influential speakers for the expanded 2019 Fly-In & Advocacy Summit.

Tuesday Dinner Keynote Speaker

National Editor of the Cook Political Report and Host of WNYC’s The Takeaway Fridays

For more than 20 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Known as one of the best political journalists covering Washington, she is national editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and a frequent on-air analyst. In addition to her weekly appearance on the popular “Politics Monday” segment on the PBS NewsHour, Amy also hosts WNYC’s nationally-syndicated public radio news program, “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway. She is also a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face The Nation, and appears frequently on Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX. She is the former political director of ABC News.

In her presentations, Walter expertly breaks down the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her astuteness, wit, and range of expertise creates an engaging, compelling presentation, and her reliable and accurate analysis has earned her numerous accolades. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Amy Walter takes audiences on an insider’s tour of Washington through the eyes of the woman with her finger on the pulse of politics.

Political History. Before ABC, she was the editor-in-chief of The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. There she served as the political publication’s primary voice for three years, and she provided regular analysis of the national political environment in her weekly National Journal column, On the Trail. Walter has provided election night coverage and analysis since 1998 and was a member of CNN’s Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006.

Accolades and Education. Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run. She also won the Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions and has been frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, said, “Today, her work is trusted and respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. She knows how to get beyond bluster and spin to unearth – and explain – what really matters in a political arena. And, she has a proven track record of success, which is essential for those whose jobs depend on accurate political forecasting.”

Walter graduated summa cum laude from Colby College. She was also honored by her alma mater her with an honorary PhD, and is as a Trustee Emeritus. She is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Tuesday Breakfast Keynote Speaker

Vice President of Small Business Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council, engaging those members on a regular basis to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.

Previously, Sullivan was an attorney in the government relations practice of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, a law firm with a major East Coast presence from Tallahassee to Boston. Before rejoining Nelson Mullins, he served as general counsel for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell.

Sullivan represented several firm clients before Congress and federal agencies and built a small business advocacy platform that included the Coalition for Responsible Business Finance, a group of non-bank small business providers, and the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief.

Sullivan served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he was directly involved in more than 100 regulatory and legislative matters, testified frequently before congressional committees, and was a spokesman on economic conditions and entrepreneurship. The hallmark of his tenure at SBA was a national legislative initiative guaranteeing that small business has a voice in state regulatory decisions.

Upon leaving government, Sullivan was named to the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center Advisory Board, and he serves on the board of directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sullivan earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989 from Boston College. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.

Member of the IL
House of Representatives

Senior Advisor, Office of Coin Studies
U.S. Mint

Indiana State Senator
Employee First Network

Acting Assistant Administrator
Office of Air and Radiation (OAR)

Senior Advisor for Nutrition and Policy,
Office of Foods Policy and Response,

School Board Member, Lincoln County, TN
Lincoln County Vending

Assistant Director
U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


Take over the hill wearing NAMA branded socks. Purchase your NAMA socks here and pick them up at the NAMA Fly-In & Advocacy Summit. Wear them the day NAMA takes the hill in unity and as an opportunity to start a conversation.

Every pair of socks purchased helps the NAMA Foundation continue its mission to support the conveniences service industry through advocacy, education, and research. Purchase extras to bring to your home team. They make great souvenirs, employee appreciation gifts and more.

NOTE: NAMA socks cannot be gifted to elected officials or government staff.

NAMA Socks Cost
$20 each

Questions? Contact Terri Bruce, NAMA Foundation Director at 312.291.7235 or [email protected].