Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States, and is a leading advocate for the nearly 13 million men and women who make things in America.
Jay is recognized as a forceful and effective leader of the business association community and was named “2019 Trade Association CEO of the Year” by CEO Update. His knowledge and expertise are sought and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and throughout the administration. He and the NAM team have proven effective time and again at navigating the complexities of policymaking in the nation’s capital to deliver real results for the NAM’s 14,000 members.
With manufacturers facing an urgent need for skilled workers, Jay is also a champion for connecting more Americans with rewarding careers in modern manufacturing. He serves as chairman of the board of The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM’s workforce and education partner, and in 2019, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce appointed him to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.
Driven by the values instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at the Mead plant for nearly four decades, Jay witnessed manufacturing’s ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities.
Before joining the NAM, Jay served as chief of staff to Congressman, Gov., and Sen. George Allen and as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He is active in numerous charitable endeavors, including advocating for families and children and promoting the adoption of companion animals.
Jay and his husband, Rick, reside in Virginia with their three children and an assortment of rescue dogs and other critters.
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