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About NAW

NAW Executive Team

Office of the President

Dirk Van Dongen is President of NAW. He also serves as President of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, President of the NAW Service Corporation, and Treasurer of the NAW Political Action Committee. In addition, he is Past Chairman of the Trade Association Liaison Council, Co-Chairman of The Product Liability Alliance, Co-Chairman of the Tax Relief Coalition, and the Coalition for Affordable American Energy. He also serves on the Advisory Board of SmartBrief, Inc, and the Advisory Council of Associated Luxury Hotels International.

To reach Dirk Van Dongen: dvandongen@naw.org

Government Relations and the Wholesaler-Distributor Political Action Committee

Jade West is Senior Vice President-Government Relations for NAW. Ms. West is in charge of the association's legislative activities on Capitol Hill. She is also Executive Director of the NAW Political Action Committee. Prior to joining NAW, Ms. West served as Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee and was responsible for a staff of policy experts who provide technical and policy analysis, research papers, talking points, and detailed legislative summaries to Republican Senators and their staffs. In addition, Ms. West served as Executive Director for the U.S. Senate Steering Committee.

To reach Jade West: jwest@naw.org

James A. Anderson Jr. is Vice President-Government Relations for NAW. His primary issue areas of responsibility include legal reform, liability insurance, employee benefits, and transportation. Mr. Anderson concurrently serves as Political Director for the NAW Political Action Committee, Executive Secretary of The Product Liability Alliance, and Co-Chairman of the Small Business Liability Reform Coalition. He also is a member of the Coalition on Employee Retirement Benefits, the Health Benefits Coalition, and the steering committee of the Association Health Plan Coalition. Prior to joining NAW, Mr. Anderson was Associate Director of Loss Prevention and Control for the National Association of Manufacturers, and he also served for six years as a Congressional staff member.

To reach Jim Anderson: janderson@naw.org

Joy Goldman is Vice President-Administrative Services and Manager-Government Relations for NAW and Manager-Internal Operations for the NAW Political Action Committee. Her primary areas of responsibility include database management, office administration, and managing several political and government relations programs.

To reach Joy Goldman: jgoldman@naw.org

Thought Leadership

Trish Lilly is Senior Vice President-Thought Leadership for NAW. She holds overall responsibility for thought leadership functions, including identification, development, and distribution of research reports. In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Institute for Distribution Excellence, NAW’s long-range research arm, she is responsible for certain activities in the areas of communications, sponsorship sales, meetings, and educational programming. 

To reach Trish Lilly: plilly@naw.org

Ruth Stadius is Senior Director of Thought Leadership for NAW. She is responsible for the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence publishing program, including strategy, research, development, and sponsored partnerships including webinars; publications sales, marketing, communications; public relations; trade press and other media relations; educational event marketing; and other strategic communications and partner sponsorship activities.

To reach Ruth Stadius: rstadius@naw.org

Corporate Relations

John D. Peter is Senior Vice President-Corporate Relations for NAW. He has overall responsibility for Corporate Relations and Membership and Association relations. Mr. Peter is responsible for membership development for our Billion Dollar Company Program and our Large Company Emphasis Program for wholesaler-distributors with sales of more than $100 million to $1 Billion. He is also the liaison to more than 100 national associations and more than 50 regional associations that belong to NAW.

To reach John Peter: jpeter@naw.org

Tamela Blalock, MTA, CMP is Senior Director of Membership Services for NAW. She has overall responsibility for both the billion-dollar and large-company executive roundtables. Ms. Blalock has been a leader in the hospitality/association sales and marketing arena for more than a decade and has worked with a number of historical Washington institutions to boost sales revenue, generate sponsorships, and create strong corporate partnerships.

To reach Tamela Blalock: tblalock@naw.org

Adam Isenberg is the Director of Corporate Relations for NAW. Over the past decade, Mr. Isenberg has been a mainstay in the political and membership arena. Mr. Isenberg has worked on various grassroots and media campaigns, as well as helping the private sector and associations of all sizes stay connected to Washington while providing them a platform to make their voices heard.

To reach Adam Isenberg: aisenberg@naw.org

NAW Service Corporation

Anthony Simone is Vice President and General Manager of NAW’s Service Corporation, the NAW subsidiary responsible for development and management of NAW’s affinity programs. Tony has been an association executive and vendor to associations for more than 25 years. After “cutting his teeth” at NAW from 1985-90, Tony returned to his native New York, where he worked in financial services, insurance and management with state associations and one of the top insurance/securities brokerages in the US. He returned to metro Washington in 1994 and has been involved in association management and the software industry since his return.

To reach Anthony Simone: asimone@naw.org