Greg Bocchi is an experienced association executive with 30 years of extensive management experience in all phases of non-profit operations. His significant expertise includes strategic planning, programs and budget development, financial management, industry statistics/reports, conference and trade show management, communications and industry promotion, executive committee and board management, and management of standards development and technical programs. Greg also has a strong background in industry advocacy, including federal and state legislative and regulatory advocacy along with building collaborative working relationships with international associations.
Greg has served as President and CEO of the Vinyl Institute. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Powder Coating Institute.
Greg was elected Chairman of the Global Vinyl Council by fellow international association executives, and was named "Industry Person of the Year" by Modern Paint ant Coating magazine in recognition of his significant achievement as the Powder Coating Institute. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Produciton/ Operation Management from Washington State University, where he also completed significant course work in Food Science and Technology.
Graham Owens is an experienced regulatory and political attorney. He is a business executive with a demonstrated history of helping clients navigate the dizzying array of D.C. regulatory, legislative, consumer protection, and competition issues affecting the manufacturing, agriculture, technology, and telecommunications industries. Graham most recently served as President of Delta Agriculture, where he was responsible for business development for the industrial uses of hemp
Prior to joining Delta Ag, Graham was Director of Regulatory, Tax, and Domestic Economic Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest industrial trade association in the United States. There he managed legal and regulatory policy portfolios on behalf of the NAM’s 15,000+ member companies. While at the NAM, he led the NAM’s Food and Beverage Industry Group and the NAM’s Consumer Product Safety Coalition, During his tenure, Graham led efforts that achieved over 90% of the NAM’s regulatory priorities from 2017-2020 and successfully lobbied the White House to issue three new Executive Orders
Prior to his time with the NAM, Graham served as a Senior Legal Fellow with TechFreedom, a leading tech and telecom-focused think tank, where he was published appointed a member of the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Board.
Graham also worked for the House Committee on the Judiciary and House Committee on Oversigand Government Reform. He was also a Legal Clerk for the Federal Trade Commission.
Graham holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and also received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and is admitted to the District of Columbia bar.
Steve Gardner most recently served as the Corn Refiner Association's second-ranking executive and Corporate Secretary. He provided leadership, management and vision to ensure that CRA has the necessary operational controls, administrative, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization, ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency.
Over the course of Steve’s career, he’s held senior communications positions at the American Chemistry Council, the Aluminum Association and the US Pharmacopeial Convention. He has led industry-wide programs in reputation management, chemical plant security, sustainability, packaging, recycling, transportation, and more. He managed the Chinese Premier’s visit to the USP facility in Shanghai in 2015 and has spoken at industry conferences throughout the US and in Mexico, Brazil, India, and the UK. Most recently, Steve was the COO for Crosby-Volmer International Communications.
A native of the great state of Maine, Steve can discern a real lobster roll from a pretender, point out the weaknesses of Maine accents in all popular entertainment and defend his long-standing admiration of the New England Patriots.
Steve serves as the Vice Chair of the Board at Historic Congressional Cemetery and resides on Capitol Hill with his wife and two dogs.
Ab Basu has worked for the biotechnology and chemical industries in state affairs for the past 18 years, often planning strategies in support of risk-based policies to regulate new and cutting-edge technologies. He has directly managed issues in almost every state in the country. States Strategies works through an extensive partnership of professionals in most states and many localities.
Ab Basu has been quoted in national newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and the NY Times, and many other local and regional news outlets.