Chet Thompson began his role as president of the American Fuel &
Petrochemical Manufacturers AFPM) in May 2015. Thompson leads a
staff that advocates for petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers
before Congress and the Executive Branch on a broad range of public
policy issues. AFPM, under his leadership, works to emphasize the
importance of petroleum refiners and petrochemical manufacturers
and their positive impact on U.S. manufacturing, jobs growth, energy
independence and national security.
Prior to joining AFPM, Thompson was a partner in the Washington,
D.C. office of Crowell and Moring LLP, where he was chairman of
the Environment & Natural Resources Group, one of the country’s
premier environmental practices. His practice included counseling,
litigation, and regulatory and legislative representation for a
wide array of clients under major environmental statutes, including
the Clean Air Act; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007,
the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, the Resource Conservation
Act; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,
Liability and Recovery Act. While at Crowell Morning he represented
AFPM as external counsel for nine years.
Thompson previously served as deputy general counsel at the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) where he provided legal advice to the Agency’s
administrator, general counsel and program offices. Before joining
EPA in 2004, he spent 10 years at Collier Shannon Scott PLLC, where
his work focused on the Clean Air Act and the Resource Conservation
and Recovery Act.
Thompson has been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in
the U.S. by Chambers & Partners, and was awarded a Certificate
of Accommodation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006. Thompson
holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College and a J.D.
from the Catholic University Columbus School of Law. He and his
family reside in Potomac, Maryland.
Brendan E. Williams is responsible for leading AFPM’s Government
Relations, Communications and Outreach Departments as they work
to educate the media, Congress, the administration, and other stakeholder
groups about the important role AFPM members and products play in
daily life and the American economy.
Rebecca oversees AFPM communications with the media and
other external audiences outside government and works with
senior management to develop AFPM's messages and communications
Diana works closely with the media and other external
audiences to disseminate AFPM's messages. She oversees and
manages the AFPM Communications Committee.
Geoffrey A. Moody is responsible for managing AFPM’s
Government Relations Department, which primarily represents
the association before Congress.
Joanne M. Shore is responsible for developing research
and assessments of how various regulations and policies
impact fuel and petrochemical manufacturers and American
Sarah Magruder Lyle is responsible for developing and
executing strategic outreach initiatives that educate consumers,
key stakeholders, policy makers and federal, state and local
elected officials across country about how AFPM's members
make modern life possible and keep America moving and growing
as they meet the needs of our nation and local communities,
strengthen economic and national security, and support 2
million American jobs.
Steve Higley is responsible for overseeing and implementing
AFPM's "outside the beltway" outreach activities.
Melissa Hockstad is responsible for leading AFPM’s Petrochemicals
Division. Her responsibilities include oversight of various
petrochemical committees, organization of the International
Petrochemical Conference, and providing support for addressing
legislative, regulatory and communications issues impacting
the petrochemicals membership.
James R. Cooper advises the petrochemical programs at
AFPM on a variety of technical and policy issues. He is
also responsible for the development of new educational
and business enhancement programs, with a particular focus
on shale development and its potential impacts on the manufacturing
David N. Friedman represents AFPM members before federal
regulatory agencies and the Executive Branch. His team develops
AFPM positions on environmental, fuels, safety and security
issues with AFPM leadership and members.
Jeffrey T. Gunnulfsen oversees and manages the AFPM Security
Committee and the TSCA Workgroup. He serves as the principal
liaison on security issues with the Department of Homeland
Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection
Timothy C. Hogan manages AFPM regulatory advocacy on
fuels issues and staffs the AFPM Fuels Committee.
Susan E. Yashinskie supervises the member relations and technical
departments. In this role, she leads member relations and development
to support the current membership and cultivate new relationships;
and directs the technical department to provide counsel to the AFPM
Board on relevant topics. She also develops program content for
AFPM’s Annual Meeting and Board of Directors meeting.
Jeffery L. Hazle is responsible for working with AFPM members
to assist in developing positions on regulatory and legislative
issues affecting fuels production and the operation of refineries
and petrochemical plants. He oversees selection of all technical
sessions for AFPM conferences.
Daniel J. Strachan oversees the work of AFPM’s Plant Automation,
Lubricants & Waxes, and Labor Relations/Human Resources
Committees. He also oversees the Cyber Security Subcommittees.
Lara Swett oversees and manages the work of the Safety and
Gordon Robertson oversees the work of AFPM’s Reliability
and Maintenance Committee and the Screening Committee; he also
oversees the Industrial Hygiene Subcommittees. Additionally,
he publishes the bi-weekly Tech Update and the annual Refinery
Helen M. Kutska oversees the AFPM Convention Services Department
and is responsible for all meeting planning services including
site selection, contract negotiations, announcements, marketing,
registration, logistics, trade show management, meeting material
production and on-site execution.
Richard S. Moskowitz oversees all AFPM legal matters, staffs AFPM’s Legal Committee and supervises outside counsel representing d the association in litigation.
Gerald R. Van De Velde is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of AFPM. He oversees the Information Technology, Convention Services, Human Resources, and Accounting and Office Administration Departments and AFPM’s Political Action Committee.
Wade L. Easter manages the accounting operations and office administration for AFPM. He also serves as an adjunct to the Human Resources Department and administrator of employee benefits.
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