Advocacy in action: NAMA is the universally recognized and influential advocate of the convenience services industry.

Fly-In & Advocacy Summit

July 15-17, 2019 • Washington, DC

Join fellow business and industry leaders to bring your voice to Members of Congress in Washington, DC. Attendees will have the opportunity to visit their Members of Congress and staff to address issues of importance to the convenience services industry and business community.

This event is free for NAMA members and $25 for non-members. Attendees are responsible for their airfare and hotel accommodations.

Why Attend?

  • Make a difference on issues impacting the convenience services industry and business community
  • Help shape policies that affect your business in issue-focused meetings with key Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers
  • Develop relationships with influential Congressional lawmakers and staff
  • Help establish or strengthen relationships between NAMA members and Members of Congress
  • Gain a unique perspective on how federal policies are developed in Washington, DC
  • Network with industry colleagues from across the country at the welcome reception, orientation dinner and special events
  • Participate in a dedicated advocacy training to prepare you for Hill meetings

Event Schedule

Download the event schedule here.


Please contact Eric Dell at or Marilyn Dent at


Fairmont Washington, DC

2401 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
hotel website / map & directions

NAMA Room Rate
$250 + tax / single or double occupancy
A limited number of rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until June 24, 2019.


NAMA is pleased to announce highly engaging and influential speakers for the expanded 2019 Fly-In & Advocacy Summit. More speaker announcements coming soon.

Vice President of Small Business Policy
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Working with chambers of commerce and the U.S. Chamber’s nationwide network, Sullivan harnesses the views of small businesses and translates that grassroots power into federal policies that bolster free enterprise and reward entrepreneurship. He runs the U.S. Chamber’s Small Business Council, engaging those members on a regular basis to increase small business input and involvement in Chamber activities.

Previously, Sullivan was an attorney in the government relations practice of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, a law firm with a major East Coast presence from Tallahassee to Boston. Before rejoining Nelson Mullins, he served as general counsel for the Bipartisan Policy Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell.

Sullivan represented several firm clients before Congress and federal agencies and built a small business advocacy platform that included the Coalition for Responsible Business Finance, a group of non-bank small business providers, and the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief.

Sullivan served under President George W. Bush as the highest-ranking government official charged with exclusively advocating the views and needs of small business before government agencies and Congress. As chief counsel for advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration, he was directly involved in more than 100 regulatory and legislative matters, testified frequently before congressional committees, and was a spokesman on economic conditions and entrepreneurship. The hallmark of his tenure at SBA was a national legislative initiative guaranteeing that small business has a voice in state regulatory decisions.

Upon leaving government, Sullivan was named to the National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center Advisory Board, and he serves on the board of directors of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Sullivan earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1993 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989 from Boston College. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.

Member of the IL House of Representatives

Indiana State Senator

School Board Member, Lincoln County, TN


Take over the hill wearing NAMA branded socks. Purchase your NAMA socks here and pick them up at the NAMA Fly-In & Advocacy Summit. Wear them the day NAMA takes the hill in unity and as an opportunity to start a conversation.

Every pair of socks purchased helps the NAMA Foundation continue its mission to support the conveniences service industry through advocacy, education, and research. Purchase extras to bring to your home team. They make great souvenirs, employee appreciation gifts and more.

NOTE: NAMA socks cannot be gifted to elected officials or government staff.

NAMA Socks Cost
$20 each

Questions? Contact Terri Bruce, NAMA Foundation Director at 312.291.7235 or