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Government Affairs Academy

The Government Affairs Academy (GAA) is a biennial 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 how 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 2014 Group Photo

GAA 2014 attendees spend their final day in D.C lobbying their Representatives and Senators.

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Pictured left is Congressman Ron Kind (left) of Wisconsin with Randy Nickerson (right) of North Central HPBA.Pictured right is Ben Holt of Mid States HPBA preparing to meet with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown's office.


Steve Goldstein (left) of HPBA Pacific with Congressman Jeff Denham of California and HPBA staff member Crystal Gitchell.


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The 2016 GAA will be held in Washington D.C. July 11 to July 14. Registration for the class of 2016 is now open!  Affiliate executives have access to the registration link for the GAA program. Please contact Crystal Gitchell if you have any questions.

Key Courses

  • Media Training
  • Negotiation and Testimony Training
  • Introduction to Federal Lobbying
  • Lobby State Legislatures
  • Industry Issues
  • Codes and Regulations


GAA Registration

GAA Graduates in the Media

Randy Toupin, class of 2014: Clean Air Rally at the Utah State Capitol


"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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