NAM’s Timmons Named Top Association CEO

By September 21, 2012General

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons has been named a top association CEO by CEO Update. The list was released in the September 21st edition of CEO Update.  

Below is the story on the NAM’s Timmons:

Timmons rallies manufacturers around NAM

Jay Timmons is determined to make the National Association of Manufacturers the voice for manufacturing—and to keep job creation in this sector at the forefront of the nation’s agenda.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

NAM President and CEO Jay TimmonsTimmons became CEO in January 2011, following John Engler, now CEO of Business Roundtable. Timmons had been executive vice president at NAM, and well regarded for his government relations work. Since then, he has ratcheted up the advocacy and profile of the $35-million revenue group.

Case in point: The battle over the Export-Import Bank. Tea Party conservatives attacked the 78-year-old bank—which provides financing for companies trying to sell products overseas—as a form of corporate welfare. NAM created a website supporting the bank, arranged hundreds of meetings with members of Congress, and launched an advertising and media offensive. After several tense weeks, both House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to reauthorize the bank, and to increase the amount of money it could lend.

Timmons and his team have also fought aggressively against rules and regulations seen as anti-manufacturing, even suing the National Labor Relations Board and challenging emission standards for power plants.

“Jay works tirelessly to promote a strong and vibrant manufacturing sector here in the U.S.,” said a fellow CEO. He “communicates with clarity and passion.” The CEO also cited Timmons’ clear vision for NAM and focus on collaboration with other groups.

As part of Timmons’ effort to make NAM the go-to political resource for manufacturing, he won board approval in March to create an unusual political action committee. Beginning in 2013, the PAC will arrange fundraising events where manufacturer members can give directly to political candidates. In this way, NAM won’t compete with the PACs of other trade groups, but will still be a campaign player.

Timmons also enhanced NAM’s image with a move in April to a new building. The office space is bright and modern, and a rooftop terrace provides a Capitol view.
-Lori Sharn

Reprinted with permission of CEO Update, the publication that covers executive careers in associations, nonprofits and professional societies. For more information and to subscribe, visit

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