• Laura Abshire and Ryan Kearney have joined the National Restaurant
Association. Abshire will serve as the director of sustainability
policy and government affairs, while Kearney will be the organization’s
labor and workforce policy manager. Previously, Abshire worked as the
deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Mike Ross
(D-Ark.). Kearney served as a senior legislative assistant for the
House Committee on Education and the Workforce majority staff. Before
that, he worked in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Labor, Immigration
and Employee Benefits Division.
• George Rogers has joined Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates as the executive vice president and corporate secretary. He previously served in Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE’s (R-Ohio) office as a senior policy director and has experience working on the House Financial Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security and Government Reform committees. He will start on Dec. 10.
• Julie Vallese and Mark Fellin have joined the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association as managing director of public and government affairs and the director of regulatory and legislative affairs, respectively. The two will serve in the new D.C. office. Vallese previously served as the director of public affairs for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fellin worked as a legislative director for Sen. Richard BurrRichard BurrFive questions for the House's new Russia investigator Why an independent counsel is necessary in an election probe Senators aim to extend federal conservation fund MORE (R-N.C.) and previously served at the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• Tony Annan has been named the executive vice president of finance and operations for The Whitaker Group. Annan previously worked as the chief financial officer for a leading pan-African bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc., and as the deputy division chief for procurement, budgeting and strategic management for the International Monetary Fund. Before that, he worked as the vice president and manager of finance at Citigroup.