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
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 Committee.
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
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 supply chain.
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, Human Resources, and Accounting and Office Administration
Brian Tatum is responsible for the financial and administrative
operations of AFPM. He oversees the Information Technology, Human Resources, Accounting and Office Administration
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.
American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
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