ESA President John Knox likes to say that Day on Capitol Hill is the association’s Super Bowl for government relations. If that’s true, then the kickoff was last Monday at a reception and "Prep Talk for the Walk” by ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat.
Chwat briefed more than 70 delegates from 18 states about the major issues for ESA this year, as well as the nuances of getting your message across to members of Congress.
Later that evening, the scene shifted to the Interlogix Diamond Dinner at Sequoia, an elegant restaurant located along the Potomac River. Delegates had a great meal in a beautiful setting, and were visited by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY), who spent a half-hour talking with the group, including taking questions on a wide variety of topics. Another highlight of the event was special recognition of the New York chapter, which brought the most delegates to this year's event. Their total of eight barely nudged out Virginia with seven, and Louisiana with six.
On Tuesday, the walking began in earnest as delegates met with more than 100 Representatives and their staff members, and also visited more than 30 Senate offices. The day was neatly marked at the halfway point by a luncheon at the venerable Capitol Hill Club, sponsored by Telguard and Tri-Ed Distribution. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) was the guest speaker, and talked at length about his sponsorship of H.R. 1441, the "Electronic Life Safety, Security & Systems Federal Background Check Act.”
After the afternoon’s appointments were done, it was back to event headquarters at St. Gregory Hotel and Suites for a de-briefing, as Chwat spoke with each state delegation about their activities during the day. After that, it was time for more networking at a Platinum Reception sponsored by Honeywell.