The National Association of Manufacturers is bringing on a former longtime senior aide of Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) to head the trade group's policy and government affairs staff.
The hiring of Jay Timmons as senior vice president of policy completes the reorganization of the trade group begun by NAM President John Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan who joined NAM late last year.
Engler said this structural change pulls together lobbying and policy under one person, Timmons, who will report to him.
"Jay has a tremendous amount of very current experience on the Hill," Engler said in an interview yesterday.
Michael Baroody, who has been NAM's top lobbyist, will focus on asbestos and Social Security issues, Engler said. "I give him specific big problems."
Timmons had served as chief of staff in Allen's Senate office as well as in his governor's and House offices. He was also executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2004 election cycle when Allen headed the group, responsible for strengthening the Republican majority in the Senate.
Most recently, however, Timmons has been senior director for the public advocacy group at the Tew Cardenas law firm, having joined the firm in January.
Timmons said he likes business issues, "tax policy excites me -- to the extent that tax policy can be exciting. . . . I've been doing policy all my professional life."
He said Engler "has introduced a new energy" at NAM and increased the trade group's visibility.
One of the big issues that will probably be on Timmons's plate, Engler said, will be the Senate confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice.
Timmons's new job will start Sept. 1. The executive search firm Korn/Ferry International worked on the placement.
Coalition Promotes Wind Energy
In the everybody-has-a-lobbyist category, the wind has a new coalition. Okay, so it's the folks who build the turbines for the giant modern windmills, wind project developers, some utilities and others who support alternative energy sources.
The new coalition, Wind Energy Works, was begun yesterday to promote wind energy and counteract what it considers misinformation being spread by its opponents. The group was announced by the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association of the wind energy industry. But AWEA Executive Director Randall Swisher said the coalition will be a broad and diverse national alliance.
Among the initial members are the Earth Policy Institute, the Izaak Walton League of America, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Corn Growers Association, the Regeneration Project/Interfaith Power and Light, and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
The wind promoters were taken by surprise last month when Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) attacked on the floor of the Senate energy legislation that would require utilities to produce more power from wind and other renewable energy resources. He criticized the wind-powered turbines as public nuisances that have their own environmental issues.
Alexander lost his fight in the Senate. But Swisher said the coalition will be vigilant to avoid being surprised by any efforts in an upcoming Senate-House conference on energy legislation to strike the pro-wind provisions.
Lobbyist Rejoins Old Boss
Paul A. Lobo, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's lobbyist in Washington, has joined the Washington Group.
Lobo served as chief of staff to former House member Susan Molinari, who is now chief executive of the lobby shop. He also was a staff member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and worked for American Express.
The Washington Group earlier this year acquired Karalekas & Noone, a government-relations shop, with its founding partners, Steven "Spike" Karalekas and Jim Noone, both of whom are defense and base realignment and closure specialists.
On the Move
Also about town . . . Tom Squitieri, a 16-year-veteran of USA Today, has landed at Dittus as a senior media adviser. He'll work with clients to develop focused strategies and messages.
Peter Saba, former chief operating officer and general counsel of the Export-Import Bank, has joined Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker as "of counsel" to the law firm's Global Projects Group. Saba led the bank's task force on Iraq reconstruction. He earlier worked at the Department of Energy as counselor to the deputy secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for domestic and international energy policy.
Karen O'Brien, formerly of McCarthy, Sweeney and Harkaway, has joined the Jefferson Consulting Group as a director. She'll be advising clients on government procurement and public policy issues. She started out in procurement law in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Jennifer L. Richter has moved from Morrison & Foerster to Patton Boggs as a partner in the law and lobby firm in its public policy and regulatory practice. Earlier, she was vice president, general counsel and director at Wireless Broadband Services of America and Wireless Broadcasting Systems of America.