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FROM THE PRESIDENT The Ease and Importance of Visiting the Hill Frank H. Hamilton III W alking the halls of Congress and sitting down with an elected official can be intimidating, but I know from experience that the more you do it, the easier it gets. This year, I attended my second NAM Manufacturing Summit, which brought me face-to-face with several lawmakers from my state, North Carolina, including Sen. Richard Burr and Rep. David Rouzer, both Republicans. I also met with the staff of state Rep. Ron Hudson (R-N.C.). I know that in each meeting, I exposed key decision-makers to something they either didn't know about or knew little about before our discussion. The meetings left me with a feeling that their eyes were opened, that they really appreciated us being there and that it was helpful. During my meetings, I discussed why independent peer review is essential for EPA risk assessment on chlorinated paraffins and how GHS implementation in Canada will hurt American chemical manufacturers, as well as several big-picture topics that apply to all manufacturers. Sen. Burr impressed me with his knowledge of the big picture. He talked a lot about how Washington works and explained how many minor details get shoved into new legislation, some of which have long-lasting effects on manufacturers. Rep. Rouzer was engaged in the discussion and is sympathetic to the issues we voiced. I am proud that I was able to use my time to tell ILMA's story. The regulators do not generally think on a granular basis and do not know the essential nature of lubricants. Although they may not know about the issue initially, when you start discussing it, they engage and ask insightful questions. Increased understanding about our key issues can only benefit our industry. The Summit provides a chance to both share and gain knowledge. During the "fly-in" event, we had the chance to hear from key decision-makers on the Hill, including Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). It was interesting to hear their perspectives and gain their firsthand insight into the current environment on Capitol Hill. We heard from Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council and assistant to the president for economic policy, who painted a brighter picture of the U.S. economy than most of us see. We also took part in an informative and entertaining session in which the campaign managers for Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio gave a candid look at their campaign successes and shortcomings, as well as the presidential election. One of my constant concerns is the challenge of standing out amongst the long line of other constituent groups lobbying for legislative attention and relief. I do not have a magic answer to this, but each of my meetings and informational sessions has given me new insights and ideas as I continue to brainstorm on this mission. I also believe there is power in numbers. When we show up in force, we have a louder voice. I wish more of our members could see the benefit of going to Washington, D.C., and participating, because if we don't tell our story, nobody will. Don't be intimidated by the process. If you have ever wanted to spend time politicking on Capitol Hill, this is the easiest way there is. Knowing what to discuss and how to phrase our messaging is easy, as ILMA staff provide a briefing on our key issues and NAM staff brief the group on a variety of big-picture issues that affect manufacturing. In addition to providing the briefings, ILMA and NAM schedule all of the appointments for you. All you have to do is commit to being there, and like I said, the more you do this D.C. routine, the better you become. Hamilton is president of South Atlantic Services Inc. and current ILMA Board President. He may be reached at 910-763-3496, x118, or Compoundings August 2016 * 9 * Vol. 66 No. 8

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In Memoriam Mike Ryterski (1920–2016)
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ILMA Compoundings August 2016