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Tuesday & Wednesday, September 25-26, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport, Arlington, VA


The FILA 2018 Education Summit will be an introduction to how government affairs is conducted. By the end of the Summit, FILA members should expect to:

  • Understand the role of government in the waste industry and how working with government can create a stronger economic climate while setting the table for future generations;
  • Understand the importance and differences of federal, state and local government, and how and why your organization can and should be interacting with them;
  • Have the ability to organize and execute briefings that establish the importance of the meeting, hit the key bullet points, and set the expectation on how to move to the next step;
  • Learn from other FILA members about how their companies conduct government affairs.


$300, includes education session and meals Tuesday breakfast through Wednesday breakfast


Tuesday, September 25

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport

This all-day meeting will feature an introduction to government regulation and policy initiatives in the industry and provide skill-building exercises to help FILA members engage with legislators at the local, state and federal level.

Education Sessions sponsored by Big Truck Rental, Rehrig Pacific and Waste Industries.


8:00 AM                           Buffet Breakfast

                                        Tuesday breakfast sponsored by Petersen Industries 

8:30 AM-10:00 AM           Introduction to the Regulatory Process and Industry Issues

                                         Kevin Kraushaar, SVP Government Affairs & General Counsel, NWRA

                                         Kerry Kelly, Senior Director, Federal Affairs, Waste Management

                                         Kirk Sander, VP Safety and Standards, NWRA

                                         Ashley Jackson, National Asphalt Pavement Association

This session will include topics relevant to the waste industry such as OSHA, EPA, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

10:00 AM-10:30 AM        Break

                                       Break sponsored by Sierra Container Group

10:30 AM-12:00 PM       The Legislative Process and Interacting with Government Officials

                                       Kevin Kraushaar, SVP Government Affairs & General Counsel, NWRA

                                       Lance Fitzmorris, Principal, Hidden Brook Communications

This session will give FILA members an overview of how to approach legislators as a waste industry representative.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM        Lunch

                                      Lunch sponsored by Casella Waste Systems

1:00 PM-2:30 PM         Effective Communication in Government Affairs

                                     Kristin Fitzmorris, Principal, Hidden Brook Communications

                                     Kristin will provide tools to form a position on issues.

                                     Topics relevant to the industry will be used in the skill-building exercises.

 2:30 PM-3:00 PM        Break

3:00 PM-4:30 PM         Session: Waste Industry Lobbyist Panel

                                    Jim Riley, VP Federal Affairs & Deputy General Counsel, NWRA

                                    Stephen Boksanski, Principal, BCB Government Relations

                                    Equipment Manufacturer Lobbyist (announcement pending)

This panel will give members insight into their profession and how they work with government officials and NWRA members.

6:30 PM-9:30 PM         Group Dinner

                                     Dinner sponsored by Mack Trucks and Volvo Construction Equipment


Wednesday, September 26

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport

This day will provide insight from government officials’ viewpoints to help members better understand their audience.

8:30 AM-9:15 AM      Breakfast Speaker: Congressman Drew Ferguson (R-GA 3rd Congressional District)

                                  Wednesday breakfast sponsored by McNeilus Companies

9:30 AM-10:30 PM    Travel to D.C. via Washington Metro subway or Uber/Lyft/Taxi

10:30 AM-12:00 PM  Speakers from Capitol Hill

Due to the constantly changing nature of the congressional schedule, Capitol Hill session speakers will be announced at the Summit and are subject to last-minute substitutions.



DCA Reagan National. Arrive by Monday evening, September 24.


Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport                                                                                                                             

2020 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA


Discounted hotel rooms at the rate of $179++ have been reserved and are available two days before and after the event dates. Please call the hotel directly at (703) 892-1050 by September 5, 2018 to get the discounted rate and ask for the National Waste & Recycling Association room block.


The Hotel is quickly and easily accessed by taking the Washington Metro subway from DCA Reagan National Airport to the Crystal City stop. This is only one stop from the airport station and much faster (and cheaper) than a cab. Members can buy a pass at any station with cash or credit card. When boarding at DCA, passengers should take either the blue train towards Largo Town Center or the yellow train toward Fort Totten. The hotel is less than a quarter mile walk from the Crystal City stop.

For those participating in the guest speaker meetings in D.C. on Wednesday, the group will travel by Metro into the city. Leave your luggage at the hotel and pick up after the meetings (participants will be going through security checks on Capitol Hill). Return flights should be scheduled for 5:00 or later.