Join us in 2019
March 3-6, 2019
JW Marriott Turnberry Miami Resort and Spa
Tracks to guide your learning
Discover new trends and innovative approaches to boost fundraising and promote your PAC
Fundraising & Communication
Learn top trends and creative strategies for increasing receipts, recognizing donors and reporting out.
Come away with best practices for managing key internal operations and compliance functions
Learn tips for continued growth, leadership development and elevating your career
Gain strategies for maximizing candidate outreach, support and political involvement
Who Should Attend?
- PAC professionals looking to explore new trends and the best ways to raise money, stay compliant and be strategic in the use of PAC funds
- Compliance staff charged with making sure the PAC follows all rules and regulations
- Grassroots and advocacy staff interested in how PAC strategy fits in with their efforts
- Senior public affairs executives who direct political and legislative programs
- PAC board members or champions seeking training and motivation
- Legal counsel looking for a stronger understanding of the unique issues facing PACs
- Lobbyists trying to find ways that the PAC can support their efforts
- Human resources, finance or marketing staff who have PAC-related responsibilities
- Corporations or associations looking to launch a new PAC
Why Should You Attend?
National PAC Conference attendees have access to top experts and practitioners, resources and training, including:
- 30+ panels and sessions
- 25+ case studies from leading practitioners
- 10+ hours of networking opportunities
- 350+ PAC and public affairs professionals to network with
- 100+ sample PAC resources to help generate new ideas
- Industry’s leading resource marketplace
- Unparalleled learning and countless new connections made
- Access to leading election law counsel for PAC compliance questions
Hear From Past Participants:
“The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about best practices from colleagues in the industry and spur new ideas that can be replicated in your own company.”
— Monica Mueller, director, government affairs, Motorola Solutions Inc.
“The conference has an impressive lineup of speakers to address contemporary topics as well as timely subjects that highlight challenges we are all facing. Participants are able to connect and gain knowledge to advance their PAC and be aware of what is happening in the PAC community.”
— Bridget Sewell, senior director, Property Casualty Insurers Association of America
“The PAC Conference is the best ‘one stop shop’ for the latest trends, best practices and legal updates. It’s also a great opportunity to network with other PAC professionals who are more than willing to share their experiences.”
— Lorelei N. Mottese, director, government relations, Wakefern Food Corp.
“Attending the PAC Conference is one of the best ways for me to meet other PAC professionals and find out what the latest techniques in fundraising are. Since I don’t sit in Washington, D.C., it is vitally important for me to have the chance to network and hear the newest trends to make sure my fundraising campaigns don’t fall behind the times.”
— Joanne Woodward, JDPAC administrator, John Deere
“The opportunity to network with national experts, peer companies, vendors, and leading consultants in the campaign finance community cannot be matched. We learn and share regulatory compliance challenges we face; our PAC fundraising strategies; and best practices — coming away with invaluable insight and solutions which pay great dividends.”
– Cindy Dolan, government relations specialist, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
“Each session I attended had at least one take away I felt I could use in my program.”
– June Pennell, PAC manager, The Williams Companies, Inc.
Want to hear from more? Contact us for more information.
2019 PAC Conference Advisory Committee
The Public Affairs Council would like to thank the following individuals for volunteering their time, insight and support to develop the nation’s leading PAC conference:
|Adrienne Marks, Visa Inc.|
|Alden Knowlton, Mortgage Bankers Association|
|Amy Mortenson, Best Buy Co., Inc.|
|Angela Chiappetta, DDC Public Affairs|
|Annette Edmonds, Center Point Energy|
|April Dickerson, Genentech Inc.|
|Ashton Barry, Quorum|
|Barry Burkart, Wyoming Hospital Association|
|Bethany Hoff, BAE Systems|
|Brendan Adams, Corning Incorporated|
|Bri Gillis, Emergent BioSolutions|
|Brian DaSilva, Serlin Haley LLP|
|Brian Heenan, Air Line Pilots Association, International|
|Caitlin Demchuk, American College of Emergency Physicians|
|Caitlin Donahue, Curley Company|
|Carol Laham, Wiley Rein LLP|
|Chris Glen, The Fertilizer Institute|
|Christi McGee, Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated|
|Christina Perez, Cruise Lines International Association|
|Christopher Baggett, Bristol-Myers Squibb|
|Dan Ekstein, SAGAC Public Affairs|
|Demetric Mercadel, Entergy New Orleans|
|Elizabeth Bartz, State & Federal Communications Inc.|
|Ellen Locke, Nationwide|
|Ellie Shaw, American Express Company|
|Erica Sander, Trinity Industries|
|Erik Rosedahl, Phone2Action|
|Jabbar Wesley, Spire Inc.|
|Jackie Mackley, Comcast Corporation|
|Jason McGonigle, Public Affairs Support Services|
|Jason Torchinsky, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC|
|Jeanne Slade, American College of Emergency Physicians|
|Jeff Ashe, Aristotle|
|Jenn Poeppelmeier, Southwest|
|Jennifer Brooks, Northrop Grumman Corporation|
|Jennifer Thomas, Johnson & Johnson|
|Jessica Hamilton, Airbus|
|Jessica Montoya, Sodexo, Inc|
|John Mason, Altria Client Services|
|Jose Ceballos, NATCA|
|Julia Richardson, National Association for Behavioral Healthcare|
|Julie Trute, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company|
|Julie Vieburg, Land O’Lakes Inc.|
|Kati Lorge, Sentry Insurance|
|Katie Anderson, Aristotle|
|Katie Oehmen, American College of Surgeons|
|Kelly Eaton, Microsoft|
|Kim Keating, FMC Corporation|
|Kristyn Royster, U.S. Chamber of Commerce|
|Laura Pickard, American Forest & Paper Association|
|Linda Auglis, National Beer Wholesalers Association|
|Lisa Calderon, Edison International|
|Lisa Ryan, Heyman Associates|
|Lisa Strikowsky, Guardian Life Insurance Company|
|Liz Demorest, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS|
|Lorelei Mottese, Wakefern Food Corp.|
|Margaret Bailey-Stewart, Charter Communications|
|Mark Reilly, Cision|
|Matthew Welsh, Amgen|
|Meghan Bergsman, Phone2Action|
|Melissa Miles, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP|
|Mica Evans Hider, American Chemistry Council|
|Michael Toner, Wiley Rein LLP|
|Michele Taulton, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP|
|Michelle Fevola, NATCA|
|Mike Young, Aristotle|
|Misty Galvin, iHeartMedia, Inc.|
|Monica Mueller, Motorola Solutions|
|Nicole Devore, Fresenius Medical Care North America|
|Paula Martino, National Association of REALTORS|
|Pilar Carpenter, TD Bank|
|Rachel Hicks, American Beverage Association|
|Rachel Setton, Chevron Corporation|
|Rebecca Jami, Access Marketing Services|
|Regina Heffernan, AmeriHealth Caritas|
|Rob Gazzola, DDC Public Affairs|
|Samantha Bryant, InterDigital, Inc.|
|Samiah Bahhur, WGL|
|Sarah Milligan, American Dental Association|
|Shameeka Ward, MAGNA INTERNATIONAL|
|Shari Dexter , American Hospital Association|
|Sherry Whitworth, FiscalNote|
|Sined Casey, CRAFT | Media/Digital|
|Stacie Monroe, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons|
|Stephanie Sheridan, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors|
|Stephanie Salvagno , Federal US Gov. Affairs and ED, CovestroPAC|
|Steve Roberts, Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC|
|Steven Cohen, The Hawthorn Group|
|Susan Francis, Duke Energy Corporation|
|Victoria Halydier, BlueCross BlueShield|
|William Clay, NiSource Inc.|
|Zack Mooneyham, Air Line Pilots Association, International|
Interested in serving on the 2019 National PAC Conference Advisory Committee? Email Kristin Brackemyre to indicate your interest.
Read the Full FAQs
1. What sets this conference apart from others?
As the professional association for the field, our mission is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide tools and resources that enable public affairs executives and managers to achieve their business and professional goals. To that end, we offer practical conference sessions that are led by leading practitioners in the field, ample opportunities for networking, and exchange of resource materials. In addition, we offer an unbiased perspective to help you to maximize the effectiveness of your program. But the learning doesn’t end at the conclusion of the conference. Throughout the entire year, we encourage sharing of best practices by maintaining a comprehensive library of public affairs materials, offering individualized counseling to our members, maintaining electronic discussions among practitioners, posting relevant news and resources on our web site and much more.
2. Where will the conferences be held?
The 2018 National PAC Conference will be held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for additional information on the hotel.
3. What hotel arrangements do I need to make?
Please visit the Hotel & Travel page for this conference to view additional information on room rates and reservations.
4. What is the weather like?
Florida weather is unpredictable. You should probably obtain an up-to-the-minute weather report prior to your visit. Click here for an updated forecast.
5. What is the registration fee?
Please visit our Registration & Fees page for details.
6. How do I register?
Registration is available online and via fax. In order to take advantage of the online discounted rates for Council members, you’ll need a website user name and password. If you cannot remember your username and password, please click this link where you can retrieve the information. If you are new to the site, click here to create a new profile. If you have questions, please call us at 202.787.5975.
7. Who should I contact if I have more questions?
PAC/Campaign Finance and the PAC Conference Program
Kristin Brackemyre, Manager of PAC and Advocacy Practice
202.787.5969 | email
Sponsorship Opportunities and Resource Marketplace
Kristin Hanley, Conference Logistics
202.787.5968 | email
Caryn Seligman, Senior Director
202.787.5966 | email
Hannah Krull, Database Administrative Assistant
202.787.5976 | email
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