Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: Business leaders invited to White House to give local perspective on national issues

Contact: Jo-ell Carson, Communications Director, at 608-443-1952 or 608-213-1799

Greater Madison Business Leaders Invited to White House to Give Local Perspective on National Issues

Monday’s White House Business Council Briefing is Two-Way Discussion on Issues
Facing Local Businesses Large and Small

MADISON – On Dec. 9 Greater Madison business leaders attended a four-hour White House Business Council Briefing. The invitation to the briefing grew from strategic partnerships with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, the White House Business Council and
Business Forward

“This was a unique opportunity for Chamber members large and small to deliver feedback from our local business community to the highest levels of the federal government,” said Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce President Zach Brandon. “The Greater Madison region was invited to the national stage to share our story. It is exactly where we want to be.”

The briefing included presentations from the U.S. Chief Information Officer, the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement, the Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing Policy, the Senior Policy Director for Immigration and the Assistant Secretary for Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as other high level White House officials.

Chamber members attending the trip were:

  • Wayne Harris, President, 6AM Marketing

  • John Rainbolt, Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Alliant Energy

  • Jack Salzwedel, Chairman and CEO, American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

  • Scott Seymour, Vice President, Gov’t Affairs/Compliance, American Family Mutual Insurance Co.

  • Diane Ballweg, Vice President, Endres Manufacturing

  • Marsha Lindsay, CEO, Lindsay, Stone & Briggs, Inc.

  • Mary Turke, Office Managing Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

  • Zach Brandon, President, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce

    The briefing covered topics such as small business investment, the Affordable Care Act, tax reform, immigration, exports and more.

    About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
    The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with more than 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 6,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, Madison businesses vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at