Chet Thompson is the president and CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the trade association representing over 400 companies that encompass virtually all U.S. refining and petrochemical manufacturing capacity. He became president and CEO of 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.
Before coming to AFPM, he had a successful legal career in Washington, D.C. for over two decades. Most recently he was a partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where he was chairman of the Environment & Natural Resources Group, one of the country’s premier environmental practices. He previously served as deputy general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the George W. Bush Administration 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.
Since joining AFPM, Chet has been named to the U.S. Chamber’s Association Committee of 100, which is committed to advancing jobs, growth, and opportunity that help our nation prosper; and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., which serves to promote a greater sense of community among the region’s top business and government leaders, and the diplomatic community.
In October 2015, The Hill named him as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists. He has also been recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the United States 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.
Richard S. Moskowitz oversees all AFPM legal matters, staffs AFPM’s Legal Committee and supervises outside counsel representing the association in litigation.
Derrick Morgan is responsible for leading AFPM’s government relations, regulatory affairs, and industry analysis departments as they work to educate policymakers, stakeholder groups and the general public about the important role AFPM members and products play in daily life and the American economy.
Geoffrey A. Moody is responsible for managing AFPM’s Government Relations
Department, which primarily represents the association before Congress.
Susan Grissom is responsible for developing research and assessments
of how various regulations and policies impact fuel and petrochemical
manufacturers and American consumers.
Don Thoren is responsible for developing and
executing strategic outreach initiatives that educate consumers,
key stakeholders, policy makers and federal, state and local
elected officials across the 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.
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
Rob Benedict is responsible for developing association policy on Congressional legislation and regulatory matters related to transportation and infrastructure affecting the AFPM membership. Mr. Benedict also works with the advocacy team in increasing the effectiveness and visibility of AFPM with the Executive Branch on key regulatory matters affecting the refining and petrochemical sectors.
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 Agency.
Timothy C. Hogan manages AFPM regulatory advocacy on fuels issues
and staffs the AFPM Fuels Committee.
Rebecca H. Adler oversees AFPM communications with the media and
other external audiences outside government and works with senior management
to develop AFPM's messages and communications strategies.
Diana Cronan works closely with the media and other external audiences
to disseminate AFPM's messages. She oversees and manages the AFPM Communications
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.
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 Health
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
James McCloskey is responsible for leading AFPM’s Petrochemical and Manufacturing
Division. His 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
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 Capacity Report.
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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