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Jeff Brabant

NFIB Senior Manager, Government Relations

 

Jeff is a Manager of Federal Government Relations at NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization.  Jeff handles a diverse portfolio for NFIB including; financial services, labor and the workforce, and regulatory reform.

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Mike Braun

U.S. Senator (IN)

 

Mike Braun is honored to represent the state of Indiana in the U.S. Senate.  Mike is a conservative who is proud to work toward creating. great American jobs, building a strong national defense, reducing the debt and deficit, and helping our veterans.  In the Senate, he serves on the Aging Committee, Agriculture Committee, Budget Committee, Appropriations Committee, and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP). Read More »

Courtney Titus Brooks

NFIB Senior Manager Government Relations

Courtney joined the NFIB federal lobbying team in June 2018. Courtney joins NFIB with over 15 years of experience in government and government affairs. She most recently served as Director of Federal and State Government Relations for the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

Brad Close

NFIB President & CEO

Brad Close is President of NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization. As NFIB’s chief executive officer, Brad focuses on advancing NFIB’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and through the organization’s unmatched 50-state network and grassroots operation.

Jim Ellis

Ellis Insight, Political Analyst and Founder

As creator of the Ellis Insight publication and Senior Political Analyst for the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), Jim Ellis analyzes electoral politics and reports upon trends, characteristics, and tendencies in American elections.

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Diana Harshbarger

U.S. Representative (TN)

Diana has been a licensed pharmacist and a successful business owner for over three decades. She brings a no-nonsense, common-sense approach to Washington D.C. Diana is dedicated to fighting for East Tennessee’s priorities, including healthcare reform, economic development, combating the tragic opioid epidemic, and expanding broadband access for rural communities. She currently serves on the House Education and Labor, and House Homeland Security Committees. 

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Kevin Kuhlman

NFIB Vice President Federal Government Relations

Kevin Kuhlman leads the NFIB Federal Government Relations team, guiding policy and directing the organizations advocacy efforts.  He and his team work directly with Senators, Representatives, and the Administration to ensure NFIB members’ voices are heard as they craft legislation and policies.  

Sharon Sussin

NFIB Senior National, Political Director

Sharon Sussin is a seasoned and motivated political professional.  As the National Political Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Sharon is responsible for directing NFIB’s political activities on behalf of pro-small business candidates in Congress. 

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Adam Temple

NFIB Senior Vice President, Advocacy

Adam Temple is Vice President, Advocacy for NFIB. In this role, Adam oversees the organization’s media relations, marketing, digital, and online communications. Adam came to NFIB from JDA Frontline, a full service public affairs firm. He previously served on the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. John McCain and as press secretary to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint. He started his career at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Holly Wade

Executive Director of NFIB Research Center

Holly Wade is the executive director of the NFIB Research Center, where she has 17 years of experience conducting original research on the small business sector focusing on small business economic conditions, business operations, and public policy issues impacting small firms. Ms. Wade has been offering a regular webinar series for small business owners nationwide, helping owners navigate through the federal loan and tax credit small business programs.

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