Who Needs Half of Congress in Town for a Fly-In?

Posted by Kathleen Schmatz on March 15, 2012

Who Needs Half of Congress in Town for a Fly-In?

Well, I must admit I was worried when after we had planned our Aftermarket Legislative Summit and invited key association volunteer leaders to join us in Washington, D.C., we learned that the House of Representatives decided that they would be in their districts and not in their offices on Capitol Hill that week. Ouch!

Hmmmmm…  A fly-in to meet with Congressional leaders who are not going to be here.  An interesting dilemma indeed and a hard sell.

Well, I am delighted to say that the summit is a huge success. Maybe not the numbers of people attending compared to past summits, but the right people, with the interest and passion, are taking the time to attend.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the first day’s program of presentations and briefings was definitely a panel discussion that I had the pleasure of moderating. Two very well-known and “dialed-in” political pundits -- Dana Perino and Terry McAuliffe -- stole the show.  I’ve been approached by dozens of attendees who raved about them and said it was worth the trip just to be entertained and informed by two D.C. insiders who told it like it is -- and knew what they were talking about.

It’s not often a CEO can have a blast doing his or her job. This was definitely one of those times.

You can see the live Twitter coverage from the event HERE.  Speaking of politics, take the below poll and tell us what is important to you.

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