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Government Affairs Academy

The Government Affairs Academy (GAA) is an annual conference that has been created and taught by our Government Affairs Department staff. Commencing in 2006, the GAA consists of our members and Affiliate staff who, in solidarity, want to learn howGAA 09 group.JPG to effectively lobby their elected officials and become agents of change.

The GAA has become one of HPBA's most anticipated events, as well as the largest event for the Government Affairs Department. Attendees participate in rigorous electives focused on lobbying, initiating grassroots advocacy campaigns, communicating with Congress, learning how to become spokespeople for the hearth industry and promote HPBA's legislative agenda.


GAA 2009 attendees begin their day lobbying their Representatives.


Graduates List

The 2014 GAA will be held in Washington D.C. July 15 to July 17. Registration for the event is now closed since all attendees for the event have been selected. Please contact Rachel Feinstein if you have any questions.

Key Courses

  • Media Training
  • Negotiation Training
  • Lobby State Legislatures
  • Industry Issues


"They clearly know their stuff!" -- Guy Hanson

"Bob Guyer is clearly one of the best communicators, very energetic, very clear and tremendously articulate." -- John Frankel

"Now I have the knowledge and tools to be more effective." -- Leah Hauer

"Took the 'nervousness' out of the process!" -- Diane Rossi

"The things I learned are invaluable." -- Norma Bourque


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