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Mike Smith Appointed to ITAC by Secretary of Commerce
And US Trade Representative for Information & Communications Tech
Reston Public Affairs Exec to Support U.S. Trade Policy
Washington, DC – May 17 – Mike Smith, CEO of Reston-based Public Affairs Agency MSPA, Inc., has been appointed to a 4-year Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) by the Obama Administration. Smith served as a press and advance volunteer for President Obama’s Campaign for 18 months in key primary states Iowa, Texas and Virginia.
The ITAC political appointment by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, is to “pursue trade objectives that reflect the private sector’s concerns and interests.” Smith was nominated by the Northern Virginia Technology Council where he has served as Board Secretary and Vice Chairman of the NVTC Foundation.
According to its federal charter: The Industry Trade Advisory Council is comprised of citizens with industry knowledge “providing detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations to the Secretary and the USTR regarding trade barriers, negotiation on trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements.”
Smith previously was Director of Public Affairs for the National Association of Manufacturers working closely with Commerce on international trade issues, NAFTA and global technology. His appointment is to the Information and Communications Technologies, Services and Electronic Commerce advisory group. The ITAC is chaired by Jacquelynn Ruff, vice president of public policy for Verizon with Greg Slater, director of global trade and competition policy from Intel serving as vice chair.
Prior to starting Mike Smith Public Affairs, Smith has also worked as an EVP with a division of Nielsen, Inc. He has also been a long-time PR executive with global PR agencies Burson-Marsteller, Edelman Worldwide and Euro RSCG.
Smith lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife and two teenaged-children.
TAPS Gala: an Event to Celebrate and Commemorate Courage in Those that Serve, and Those that are Left Behind
*editor’s note: the first blog post by our new Account Executive, Liz Bush – we’re excited to welcome her to the MSPA team!*
On Tuesday, April 13th the TAPS (Tragedy Assistant Program for Survivors) Gala honored and celebrated a year of service and dedication from soldiers, members, and patrons. TAPS comprises a group of people that have been joined together through their struggle to simply live on. Each with a personally devastating experience, every TAPS member can find some solace in the fact that they are not alone. “It’s not a club you necessarily want to join,” says a member. “But once you are in it, you want to be there to help each other and give each other strength.” Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS after her husband, Brigadier General Tom Carroll, gave his life in an Army C-12 plane crash in 1992. She opened the evening and began what was to be a line-up of heartfelt and memorable presentations.
The TAPS Gala showcased a varied and impressive attendee list, comprising of actors, military officials, military families, business professionals, and corporate CEO’s. All of whom came together for a common purpose: to help those who have been left behind. On this night the help was overwhelming as the foundation successfully surpassed their annual goal of $750,000, and reached $1 million, due to an unexpected and generous donation by David J. McIntyre, Jr. of TriWest Healthcare Alliance.
Speakers included Congressman Ike Skelton, Admiral Michael G. Mullen, General David H. Petraeus, CNN’s Kyra Phillips, and actors Jeremy Renner and Brian Geraghty. Renner and Geraghty both starred in The Hurt Locker and are active supporters of TAPS, Renner earned an Oscar nomination for his role. The glitz and glamour, however never overshadowed the purpose of the event. The honor and reverence towards the survivors, and the incredible respect for those who have fallen was palpable as it filled the great hall of the Andrew. W. Mellon Auditorium. The climax of the evening surrounded the unveiling of an American Chopper, custom made for TAPS. The handcrafted machine added a bang to the conclusion of an evening that personified and celebrated dedication, generosity, and determination. The Chopper is currently available as part of a raffle and be found on http://www.taps.org.
It was an honor to attend as a guest of Alion Science and Technology. It is to be assured that both Alion and MSPA will be stalwart supporters of TAPS and the soldiers and families they represent in any way we can. So seldom is there a cause as pure and tremendous as the one represented by TAPS.
When I worked at one of the big K Street agencies in Washington, my biggest client win was ExxonMobil. The work we did was issues management and generating copy for issues advertising in the Post, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, and other political journals. It was a big account. A new CEO had been named that month, Rex Tillotson, who is a chemical engineer and rose through the ranks at Exxon. He was anxious to make a good first impression in Washington at a time when gas prices were running high.
In comes Dr. Jeffrey Porro. Porro Associates, LLC (www.porrollc.com) wrote a speech for Tillotson that really helped ease his transition to the top CEO spot. Better yet, Jeff proved the CEO had the chops for environmental awareness, a strong focus on renewables, and would move Exxon into the mainstream of climate change. Proving an oil company would be green under Tillotson was the challenge for our speech writer. I have been working with Dr. Porro ever since!
When the spoken word is more important than ever, MSPA is proud to work alongside Jeff Porro. His unique combination of talent and experience helps executives infuse their words with meaning and power. Porro is a speechwriter for Fortune 250 CEOs, diplomats, and other government leaders, as well as executives of some of the nation’s leading trade and professional associations.
Porro is most recently celebrating his accolade for a commencement speech he wrote for Anne Lynam Goddard at Assumption College in Mass. Winning the Cicero award for best commencement address, Porro has made it clear that his talents extend beyond that of the political and entertainment fronts. “I’m proud of the work I did on the speech,” Porro said, “But Anne made this award possible by sharing so much of her history, her humor, and her life experience. She’s the kind of speaker speechwriter’s dream about.”
The Cicero Awards are presented by Vital Speeches of the Day, the nation’s leading professional speechwriting publication. Vital Speeches of the Day publishes effective speeches by those who have attained leadership in the fields of business, politics, education, government, and more. The Cicero Speechwriting Awards honor excellent speechwriting and the creative people behind powerful speeches.
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