Posted by: jeb1 | September 13, 2010

NARI Hires Lobbyist

Former chief counsel for advocacy in SBA

Posted: September 7th, 2010 03:28 PM EDT 

DES PLAINES, IL — The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has hired lobbyist Thomas M. Sullivan to represent remodeling industry interests in Washington. Sullivan, of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, has 19 years of experience in Federal legislative and regulatory advocacy. In addition to representing a number of clients before Congress and during the regulatory and rulemaking processes, he runs the Small Business Coalition for Regulatory Relief ( which serves as a resource for small business stakeholders who work to ensure their interests are represented in the regulatory process. 

Previously, he served for seven years as chief counsel for advocacy in the Small Business Administration. 

Before his appointment to the SBA, he represented the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading business advocacy association. From 1994 to 1998, Sullivan served on the Congressional Affairs staff of the U.S. EPA. He also served at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. 

In October 2008, the National Small Business Association named Sullivan the “2008 Small Business Star,” their highest government-service award. In March 2005, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council bestowed upon him the Small Business Advocate Award and induction into their Hall of Fame. The D.C. Metropolitan Subcontractors Association gave him the First President’s Award as Outstanding Public Official, and Fortune Small Business magazine named him a Power 30 Most Influential Folks in Washington.

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