Speakers

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, DC and through the organization's unmatched 50-state network and grassroots operation.

Adam Temple

NFIB Senior Vice President, Advocacy

Adam Temple is Senior 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 the press secretary to U.S. Sen. Jim De Mint. He started his career at the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Beverly Halberg

District Media Group

David Wasserman

Senior Election Analyst, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and NBC Contributor 

David Wasserman is the Senior Election Analyst for the non-partisan newsletter, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, and a contributor to NBC News. Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter provides analyses of U.S. presidential, Senate, House, and gubernatorial races. The New York Times called The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative.”

 

 

Wasserman analyzes the current political environment in lively and entertaining presentations that he can tailor to his audiences’ specific interests or locales. His data-driven forecasting looks at both national and local trends (if requested, he can even do a district-by-district outlook), the relationship between consumer brand loyalty and voting, and what the future holds for American elections. He is exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speaker's bureau.

Highly Praised Expertise. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com has written: “Wasserman’s knowledge of the nooks and crannies of political geography can make him seem like a local,” and the Los Angeles Times called Wasserman “whip smart” and a “scrupulously nonpartisan” analyst whose “numbers nerd-dom was foretold at a young age.” Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, recently called David "pretty much the only person you need to follow on Election Night."

In 2016, Wasserman drew wide praise for his accurate pre-election analysis, including his uncanny September piece entitled, “How Trump Could Win the White House While Losing the Popular Vote.” Leading Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson concluded, “Nobody of my generation knows American politics as well as Dave Wasserman.”

Political Intelligence. Wasserman has served as an analyst for the NBC News Election Night Decision Desk since 2008 and has also appeared on Fox News, CNN, and NPR. His commentary has been cited in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, POLITICO, and the Washington Post. In 2018, his groundbreaking interactive collaboration with FiveThirtyEight, the "Atlas of Redistricting," took top prize for News Data App of the Year.

An enthusiast for data and maps, Wasserman serves as a contributing writer to the Almanac of American Politics. A frequent speaker and guest lecturer, he has shared insights into the latest political trends with audiences at Harvard's Institute of Politics, the Dole Institute of Politics, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics – where he was named a resident Pritzker Fellow in 2019.

Prior to joining The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter in 2007, Wasserman served for three years as House editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a widely respected political analysis newsletter and website founded by renowned University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. A native of New Jersey, Wasserman is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the 2006 Emmerich-Wright Outstanding Thesis prize.

Kipp Maloney

NFIB Vice President of Grassroots, Political, Development, Compliance and Operations Services

Kipp Maloney is the Vice President of Grassroots, Political, Development, Compliance, and Operations Services for NFIB.  He oversees all aspects of grassroots advocacy, fundraising for NFIB’s state and federal political action committees, supporting candidates whose voting records support the small-business agenda, educating the small-business community on the candidates NFIB supports, ensuring that the organization complies with all federal and state regulatory requirements. Prior to joining NFIB he managed statewide ballot initiatives at Winner & Mandabach Campaigns.

Jeff Brabant

NFIB Vice President, Federal Government Relations

Jeff is the Vice President for Federal Government Relations. Jeff runs NFIB's federal government relations department and is in charge of implementing federal advocacy strategies. Jeff is a former Policy Director at the House Small Business Committee and joined NFIB in 2018 with over 10 years of experience working for Members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

Josh McLeod

NFIB Director, Federal Government Relations

Josh joined the NFIB federal lobbying team in December 2022.

Josh joins NFIB with over 12 years of experience in government and government affairs.  He most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

Josh began his career with Senator Johnson in 2011.  He later served as Senior Professional Staff Member for Chairman Johnson on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Josh was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Pennsylvania.  He attained a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Widener University in Chester, PA.  Following college, Josh played professional baseball before beginning his career in Washington, DC.

Josh lives in Virginia with his wife, Andrea and their three children.

Elizabeth Parks

NFIB Senior Regional Grassroots Manager

Elizabeth Parks is a Senior Regional Grassroots Manager for NFIB. In this role she leads a team of grassroots managers in developing and maintaining a strong network of engaged NFIB members across the states. She previously served as the deputy chief of staff to U.S. Representative Trent Kelly (MS-01) and as the communications director to U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee (MS-01). She started her career as a legislative staffer covering various policy portfolios and grew up in an entrepreneur household. Her mother owned and operated a convenience store and deli for 19 years.

Sharon Sussin

NFIB Senior National Political Director

As the Senior 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.  She manages NFIB’s federal candidate endorsement process which in the last several election cycles have included nearly 300 congressional endorsements each year.  Sharon also runs the member education and Get out the Vote (GOTV) programs which focuses on motivating small business owners to engage in the political process using Voter Guides, targeted communications, “on the ground” events and paid media. Sharon has been with NFIB since November 1992 and a member of the Political Department since 1995.

Stefanie Williams

NFIB National Director of Development

Stefanie Williams is National Director of Development for NFIB. She leads the development efforts for NFIB's PACs at the federal and state level. She and her team also manage the Leadership Trust program - NFIB's major donor program, recognizing business leaders who are the top supporters of NFIB's political efforts in electing pro-small business candidates at the state and federal level and educating voters. Stefanie has a decade of experience fundraising for political candidates and organizations, including U.S. Senate & U.S. Congressional races across the country.