Jay Timmons

President and CEO


Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. He became NAM president in January 2011.

Jay is a leading advocate for the nearly 12 million men and women who make things in America, educating the public and policymakers on issues that affect this critical sector of the U.S. economy. He promotes a broad-based agenda to strengthen U.S. competitiveness and bring about a manufacturing renaissance.

He is driven by the principles instilled in him by his roots in the manufacturing town of Chillicothe, Ohio, where his grandfather worked at a Mead plant for nearly four decades and where he witnessed manufacturing's ability to raise the quality of life for families and communities. Jay’s knowledge and expertise is valued and respected by influential policymakers on both sides of the aisle in Congress and the Administration. He knows how to navigate the complexities of the policymaking process in the nation's capital and brings with him an exceptional understanding of manufacturing issues.

Prior to his appointment as NAM president, Jay was executive vice president beginning in 2008. In 2005, he joined the NAM as senior vice president of policy and government relations. His previous experience includes serving as chief of staff to Congressman, Governor and Senator George Allen (R-VA) from 1991 to 2002, and a term as executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2004 election cycle. When he first came to Washington in the 1980s, he served as press secretary to Congressman Jim Martin (R-NC) and later Alex McMillan (R-NC).

A passionate advocate for the adoption of companion animals, Jay is the chairman of the Washington Humane Society Board of Directors. He also serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. He attended The Ohio State University and resides with his family in McLean, Virginia.

Press Releases

NAM in the News

  • 09/09/2016
    President Obama Has Crossed the Line
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after the Obama administration moved to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline: “The Obama administration just...
  • 09/02/2016
    Politics’ Corrosive Effect on Jobs Has Gone Too Far
    Lost in the news about today’s jobs numbers is politics’ corrosive effect on future labor reports and our nation’s standing in the world. Actions and debates underway in America today...
  • 07/25/2016
    Chamber’s Josten Set Standard for Effective Lobbying
    With the announced retirement of Bruce Josten from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business community is losing a stalwart champion of our free enterprise system and a highly respected...
  • 07/22/2016
    Manufacturers Congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine
    Secretary Hillary Clinton has chosen a tested and successful governor and senator for her running mate, and manufacturers congratulate Sen. Tim Kaine as he joins the Democratic ticket. I have...
  • 07/15/2016
    Manufacturers Congratulate Gov. Pence
    Manufacturers congratulate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Donald Trump has chosen a running mate who has proven executive experience as well as a keen understanding of the legislative process. While in...