Advocacy 2018


Please join us at The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for the Annual PTNPA Advocacy Event. PTNPA Members have the unique opportunity to hear from experts on the current regulatory and political landscape and receive updates on key issues facing the nut industry.

The event is focused on conducting Congressional Meetings, giving PTNPA Members the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to you and your business. Again this year, we will also be delivering member product samples along with pamphlets of educational industry information to Congressional offices. If you want to help get nut industry products in the hands of the decision makers in DC, join us as we show them how healthy, safe, far-reaching, and powerful our industry is to the economy and our country.

There is no cost or registration fee for PTNPA members to participate in this event. Travel and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of each individual PTNPA member.



Wednesday, May 9

8 - 9am                     Welcome and Continental Breakfast, Unite Room

9 - 10am                   Panel Discussion: Food Industry Impact on the Economy, FDA/Food Safety and Working on Capitol Hill -
                                      Jennifer Hatcher/Food Marketing Institute, Kelly Johnston/Campbell Soup Company, Kyle Kinner/The Pew Charitable Trusts
                                       Unite Room

10 - 11am                Washington Update - Martin Hahn/Hogan Lovells, Unite Room

11am - 12pm         Lunch and More Learning: Recap, Review of Current Issues and Meeting Prep, The Hill Room

12:30 - 5pm           Congressional Meetings and Nut Industry Educational Material/Product Deliveries to House and Senate Offices, Capitol Hill

5:30 - 7:30pm       Networking Reception at Art & Soul (located adjacent to The Liaison Hotel)

Thursday, May 10

8 - 9:30am              Continental Breakfast and Room for Meeting Prep Available, Unite Room

10am - 5pm            Continued Congressional Meetings and Nut Industry Educational Material/Product Deliveries to House and Senate Offices





This year's event will be held at the Liaison Capitol Hill, located at  415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 and can be reached at 888-513-7445.



Jennifer Hatcher, Food Marketing Institute

Jennifer Hatcher has been Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs at Food Marketing Institute since June 2010. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Government Relations at FMI focusing on public policy issues impacting payments, emerging technologies, Food Stamps, WIC, financial services and legal reform. Ms. Hatcher serves as Chairman of the legislative subcommittee of the Merchants Payments Coalition, a cross-industry coalition addressing fairness and competition in the credit card interchange fee system. Prior to joining FMI in 1998, Ms. Hatcher served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) who is currently the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee. She also served the Secretary of the Treasury as a Special Assistant and White House Liaison during President George H.W. Bush's Administration and as a White House intern during President Ronald Reagan's Administration.

Kelly Johnston, Campbell Soup Company

Kelly Johnston is Vice President of Government Affairs for the Campbell Soup Company at their world headquarters in Camden, New Jersey. He was nominated to be the 28th Secretary of the Senate by Bob Dole, who was Senate Majority Leader at the time. He was the first Secretary of the Senate of Oklahoma and the second youngest ever chosen. A food industry executive and lobbyist since 1997, Mr. Johnston served as the Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications for the National Food Processors Association, prior to joining Campbell’s. Serving on 6 non-profit boards in New Jersey and Washington, DC, Mr. Johnston serves as the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation, Chairman Emeritus of the Canadian American Business Council, and former chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Food and Beverage Group.

Kyle Kinner, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Kyle Kinner serves in the Government Relations office of the Pew Charitable Trusts in food and agriculture policy coordination for the Pew Health Group.  Mr. Kinner coordinates Pew’s work advocating for funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act and Congressional support of industry and agency implementation. With nearly a twenty-year career in health and public service, Mr. Kinner has served as a policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and the National Institute of Health. Serving on the board of directors for the Alliance for a Stronger FDA, Mr. Kinner’s work in the coming year will focus on supporting continued funding and implementation of FSMA, as well as other FY2019 appropriations priorities identified by Pew’s health and food portfolios.   

Martin Hahn, Hogan Lovells

Martin Hahn focuses on a wide variety of regulatory issues affecting the food and dietary supplement industries. He assists companies in complying with the numerous statutes, regulations and guidance documents implemented by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Martin represents numerous businesses in the food industry including companies that market finished foods directly to consumers, food ingredients, infant formulas, dietary supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. 














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