CHICAGO -- Ned Monroe has resigned as the National Automatic Merchandising Association's senior vice-president of government affairs. Monroe is joining the National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group representing manufacturers of all sizes and industries, as its senior vice-president of external affairs.
"Ned's tenure at NAMA was perfectly positioned," said NAMA executive vice-president and COO Dan Mathews. "He was the right guy at the right time, and our industry owes him a debt of gratitude for the exceptional work he did on our behalf, presenting our industry in a favorable light before our nation's decision-makers and ensuring they understood our position on a variety of issues."
During his two-year stint, Monroe led the vending association's government affairs team in campaigns fighting legislation, regulations and taxes that could have hurt the industry. He also spearheaded grassroots involvement by NAMA's state councils.
"At the same time he established excellent relationships on Capitol Hill that will be easily sustainable through the transition to a new NAMA government affairs executive," Mathews added. "The National Association of Manufacturers is a much, much larger organization than NAMA, and we congratulate him on this incredible opportunity."
Before joining NAMA, Monroe was political affairs vice-president of the National Restaurant Association. He replaced Tom McMahon, who served with NAMA for 35 years.
Mathews said the search for Monroe's replacement is underway. In the meantime, NAMA is represented in Washington, DC, by Howe & Hutton, a law firm specializing in legal counsel for trade associations, professional societies and other nonprofit organizations. The NAMA chief operating officer added that the association's government affairs staff members continue to represent and assist members on a day-to-day basis.
Mathews also emphasized that the vending association has an active government affairs committee that is fully engaged on key issues.