NAM Announces Second Wave of New Hires to Bolster Manufacturers’ Voice and Policy Priorities

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is moving forward to position America’s manufacturers for future success with four additions to its Public Affairs & Mobilization team and the Communications & Brand Strategy team. Representing some of the top professionals in their fields of expertise, they will help the NAM expand its reach, mobilize more Americans and deliver even more results for the 12 million men and women who make things in the United States. This follows the six new hires and promotions announced in September as part of the NAM’s bold plan to seize manufacturing’s moment and enhance the organization’s effectiveness.

“At the NAM, we’re not content with our current success in the face of a rapidly changing advocacy landscape. We know we have to think differently and continually improve, evolve and adapt to not just be a leader for manufacturers today but also a force for progress tomorrow,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “To succeed, we have to reach new people in new ways across the country. Leveraging compelling content and the full range of communications channels, we will mobilize manufacturing workers and those who want to see our industry succeed. Our new team members embrace this charge, and bring tremendous experiences and talents to help us take our advocacy and communications work to the next level.”

New hires include the following:

  • Patrick Hillmann joins the NAM as Vice President of Advocacy. He is an experienced public affairs professional with a decade of expertise in crisis management and political campaigns. In his new role, Hillmann will lead the NAM’s recently created Advocacy Department, which is rapidly expanding the organization’s footprint in communities across the country through a team of regionally based field operatives. Prior to joining the NAM, Hillmann oversaw General Electric’s public advocacy initiatives, including the launch of its grassroots program GE Voices.
  • Brian Forest joins the NAM as Director of Strategic Messaging. He will be a key leader on the NAM’s new brand strategy team and be responsible for message development for the policy and leadership team. Forest will also support the NAM’s continued communications counsel to member companies. Prior to joining the NAM, Forest was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s chief speechwriter.
  • Lauren Leeman joins the NAM as Director of Member and Board Relations for the Western Region. Prior to joining the NAM, Leeman was the development director at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and served as the state coordinator for Colorado CASA. She will be based in Denver, Colo.
  • Daniel Ehlers joins the NAM as Manager of Marketing Strategy. As part of the NAM’s Communications & Brand Strategy division, he will be responsible for marketing copywriting across all channels and platforms of communication. Prior to joining the NAM, Ehlers was the director of Email Strategy and Digital Copywriting for Carly for President and development officer for Americans for Prosperity.
“We’ve grown the NAM and built an incredibly experienced and dedicated team to ensure our organization is growing and changing with the evolving political landscape. With the hiring of Patrick, Brian, Lauren and Daniel, the NAM is well positioned to achieve success,” said Timmons.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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