VMA Committees

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The Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) is only as strong as its members. Member committees drive the work of the VMA on critical manufacturing issues as well as create the foundation of our “grass roots” advocacy. Committees are central to the government affairs function of the VMA, but they also drive our professional development, networking, regulatory and outreach services. Involvement in VMA committees is the best avenue to directly affect change, get involved and stay informed.
All Full and Associate Members are encouraged to participate in committees of interest. For more information about any of the following committees, please contact Kimberly Noonan, Director of Member Services, at knoonan@vamanufacturers.com or 804-528-4482.

VMA Standing Committees

Energy Resources Committee

This committee evaluates and develops legislation, regulation and administrative rulings related to energy conservation, generation, distribution, development and pricing in the Commonwealth.
Chair: Keith Togna, Advansix
Vice Chair: David Hudgins, ODEC
Board Liaison: Becky Merritt, Dominion
VMA Staff: Brett Vassey, Kimberly Noonan
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Environment, Health, Safety and Security Committee (EHS&S)

This committee is concerned with state and federal policies, including legislative proposals, regulations and administrative rulings on environmental as well as occupational health and safety matters. Technical expertise is provided by our world-class scientific and legal counsel.
This committee has three working subcommittees: Air Regulation, Water/Waste Regulation and Safety Regulation.
Chair: Chuck Stiff, Altria
Vice-Chair: TBD
Board Liaison: TBD
VMA Staff & Counsel: Brooks Smith, Esq., Dr. Tom Knauer, Esq., Andrea Wortzel, Esq., Kimberly Noonan
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Government Affairs Council

The Government Affairs Council is made up of VMA members as well as lobbyists representing member companies advocating for pro-manufacturing public policies to local, state and federal elected officials. The GAC works to accomplish the legislative and regulatory agenda of the other VMA committees and the association. The GAC also works on specialized government affairs priorities as assigned by the VMA President & CEO.
Board Liaison: Scott Tilley
VMA Staff: Brett Vassey
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Taxation Committee

This committee is concerned with state, local and federal tax policies and programs, including legislative proposals and administrative rulings on subjects of taxation directly applicable to manufacturers. It reviews proposed changes and makes position recommendations. It assists in the preparation of testimony and comments for state, local, and federal legislative bodies and administrative agencies as well as assists in drafting legislation and regulations. It further initiates studies and surveys detailing the dynamic effects of tax policy on manufacturers.
Chair: Jed King, Westrock
Vice Chair: TBA
Board Liaison: TBA
VMA Staff & Counsel: Brett Vassey, Kimberly Noonan, Sandy Rowe, Esq.
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Virginia Chemistry Council (VCC)

The VCC was formed to improve the public’s understanding of the societal and economic benefits that modern chemistry creates at the state and national levels. Its purpose is to enhance understanding of the role that the chemical industry plays in government, thereby increasing the need for involvement, and raising awareness at every level within the manufacturing community of issues that affect the manufacturing business climate.  The VCC is the state affiliate of the Virginia Chemistry Council and the partnership with the VMA expands the ACC’s and VMA’s reach on advocacy, government relations, education and political activity across the Commonwealth.  VMA and ACC members in the chemical and allied products industries are candidates for membership.
Co-Chairs:  Fred Harry, Advansix; Chris Caldwell, DuPont
Board Liaisons:  Dorene Billingsley, Advansix; Dave DelGuercio, Evonik Industries; Reinhold Brand, Retired Manufacturers Council; and Stephen Irwin, DuPont
Staff:  Russell Mait, Kimberly Noonan and Brett Vassey
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Workforce Solutions Committee

The purpose of the Workforce Solutions Committee is to serve as the industry’s voice on issues impacting the recruitment, retention, development and advancement of a skilled workforce and competitive workplace. Its three areas of focus are: (1) education and workforce policy, (2) partnership development, and (3) workplace affairs. The committee also oversees the Dream it. Do it. Virginia (DIDIVA) Network and Manufacturing Skills Institute (MSI) with a particular focus on industry credentials that are competency-based, independently assessed and industry-endorsed. Committee members are invited to participate in best practice sharing and benchmarking.
Chair: Gary Forget, Volvo Truck NA
Co-Chair: Nat Marshall, BWXT & Anne Kraft, DuPont Protection Solutions
Board Liaison: Tanya Cook, Philip Morris USA; John Dyer, OCC
VMA Staff: Vanessa Rastberger
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Environmental Sub-committees:

Air Regulation Sub-committee

The Air Regulation Subcommittee tracks key issues and, as necessary, actively advocates VMA’s positions through legal fillings on regulations and rules with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Courts.
Chair: Jim Taylor, Westrock
Legal Counsel: Dr. Tom Knauer, Esq.
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Water/Waste Regulation Sub-committee

The Water/Waste Regulation Subcommittee tracks key issues and, as necessary, actively advocates VMA’s positions through legal fillings on draft regulations and rules with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Courts.
Chair: Andrew Parker, Advansix
Legal Counsel: Brooks Smith, Esq. and Andrea Wortzel, Esq.
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Safety Regulation Sub-committee

The Safety Subcommittee provides its members with the means to improve safety performance through programs, training, service and “best practices” professional development as well as government affairs services pertaining to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.
Chair: Dawn Kriz, General Dynamics
VMA Staff & Legal Counsel: Courtney Malveaux, Esq., Kimberly Noonan
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Ad Hoc Committees:

Retired Manufacturers Council

The Retired Manufacturers Council promotes the general well-being of industrial organizations in Virginia by advocating for pro-manufacturing public policies to local, state and federal elected officials. Its purpose is to: 1) Organize retired manufacturers into a grassroots political action group for advocating for pro-manufacturing legislation, supporting select candidates for public office, and supporting other issues involving retiree pensions or their livelihood; 2) Expand messaging of Dream it. Do it. Virginia to students, transitioning military, dislocated workers, parents, educators and community leaders; and 3) Grow the VMAPAC and increase its effectiveness.
Chair: Dr. Reinhold Brand (retired from Evonik)
VMA Staff: Kimberly Noonan
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Commerce Committee

The Commerce Committee is focused on creating supply-chain opportunities and removing barriers for Virginia manufacturers and their suppliers, to increase domestic business opportunities, expand international trade and share best practices.
Chair: TBD
Vice Chair: TBD
Board Liaison: Larry Souverielle, General Dynamics
VMA Staff: Brett Vassey, Kimberly Noonan
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Transportation Committee

This committee reviews major legislative and administrative proposals related to freight-based transportation systems, services, rates, and taxes, and makes position recommendations. It assists in the preparation of statement on freight-based transportation proposals under consideration by state and federal legislative bodies and administrative agencies.
Chair: TBD
Board Liaison: TBD
VMA Staff: Kimberly Noonan
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