BIPAC offers top notch speakers to present on an array of topics for your executive and board meetings, PAC meetings and conferences. These seasoned experts, many of whom are recognized as the top leaders in their field, offer entertaining insights into business’ influence in the American political system, elections, political trends and strategies, grassroots advocacy, PACs, and communications technology.

BIPAC President & CEO Jim Gerlach speaking with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
BIPAC President & CEO Jim Gerlach speaking with members of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

For information on booking a speaker, please contact:

Terri Bogert
bogert@bipac.org
(202) 833-1880

Jim Gerlach, President & CEO, BIPAC

Jim Gerlach

Former U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA) serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC).

He joins BIPAC following an extensive career in public service and the private sector. Rep. Gerlach served Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District for 12 years where he most recently served on the House Ways and Means Committee and its Subcommittees on Health and Select Revenue. In the 113th Congress, he was also the lead Republican on the Ways and Means Manufacturing Working Group. During his six terms in the House, from 2003-2015, Rep. Gerlach also served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Financial Services Committee, and the Small Business Committee.

Read Gerlach’s full bio.

Topics of Interest

  • Importance of PACs in Our Electoral and Legislative Processes
  • How Candidates Use Their PAC Dollars
  • How to Build Your Relationship Your Member of Congress
  • Importance and Impact of Employee-Advocates
  • How Does the Legislative Process Work
  • The Do’s and Don’t’s of A Capitol Hill Visit
  • Congressional Election Update Analysis
  • Why You Should Have an Employer-Employee Engagement Program

Target Audience:

  • Corporate or Association Leadership
  • Government Affairs professionals
  • Grassroots leadership

Melissa Craig, Vice President, Member Relations, BIPAC

Melissa Craig

Melissa Craig is Vice President of Member Relations, ensuring that BIPAC’s private sector member organizations have the tools and resources needed to build successful PAC, grassroots advocacy, and Get-Out-the-Vote programs. She manages BIPAC’s membership recruitment and retention, ensuring current member engagement and a valuable member experience that helps them achieve their strategic objectives.

Melissa knows that employer-to-employee engagement is critical to any policy strategy and she works with the team to develop and provide cutting-edge strategies, content, and tools that help make BIPAC members’ political involvement programs effective.

Before this role, Melissa served as BIPAC’s Director of PAC Services where she provided members with resources and guidance to strengthen their PAC programs and reach their goals. Prior to joining BIPAC, Melissa ran the political action committee for Airbus.

Melissa’s educational background includes B.A. degrees in International Studies and Economics from Virginia Tech with minors in Political Science and Spanish, and an M.A. degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University.

Topics of Interest

  • Benefits of BIPAC Membership
  • Using Grassroots Communications to Build Your Membership
  • Prosperity Project Theories and Practices
  • Implementation of BIPAC PAC and Grassroots Web Tools as Part of a Political Involvement Program

Target Audience:

  • Senior managers and executives
  • Government Affairs staff
  • Association executives and management
  • Senior national association and company managers and executives

Jim Ellis, Political Analyst, BIPAC

Jim Ellis

BIPAC Political Analyst Jim Ellis is a 35-year veteran of politics at the state and national levels.

Jim began his career with the San Diego County Republican Party, and then served as an original staff member for then-Congressman Bill Lowery (R-CA).

He specialized in corporate grass roots lobbying, campaign management and coalition building as President of the Ramhurst Corporation of North Carolina and as a manager of the Public Issues Department of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, NC.

Topics of Interest

  • U.S. Elections: National Analysis
  • U.S. Elections:  Race by Race Analysis

Target Audience:

  • Public affairs professionals
  • PAC managers
  • Association executives
  • Corporate and facility managers
  • Regional and state lobbyists

Andrew Blascovich, Director, Political Affairs, BIPAC

Andrew Blascovich

BIPAC Director of Political Affairs Andrew Blascovich has gone from city hall to Capitol Hill.

After studying political science at the University of Georgia, Andrew began his career with local politics in Georgia and served in the administration of Mayor Robert Reichert (Macon, GA), and then served on the staff of Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA). From there Andrew worked for the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association running the association’s political action committee BoatPAC.

He has worked on elections for all levels of government and has lead grassroots advocacy and fundraising for both corporate and political campaigns.

Topics of Interest

  • U.S. Elections:  Identifying and Electing Pro-Jobs Candidates
  • BIPAC’s Action Fund

Target Audience:

  • Public affairs professionals
  • PAC managers
  • Association executives
  • Corporate and facility managers
  • Regional and state lobbyists

Kelsey Moncrief, Director, Member Relations & PAC Services, BIPAC

Kelsey Monrief

Kelsey joined BIPAC in early 2013 and is currently the Director of Member Relations and PAC Programs, where her responsibilities include advising BIPAC members on all PAC-related activity such as fundraising, structure, compliance and communications; providing members with resources and guidance to help them strengthen their PAC program; and assisting members in determining strategy to reach their PAC goals. Prior to joining the Member Relations team, Kelsey worked with the Political Affairs team, providing political analysis and assisting with state programs. She is a Kansas native and graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in Political Science and History.

Topics of Interest

  • Keeping Your PAC Compliant
  • Making the PAC Board Work for You
  • Solicitation Best Practices
  • Why the PAC is Important
  • Peer Solicitor Training

Target Audience:

  • Public affairs professionals
  • PAC managers
  • Organization executives
  • Corporate and association PAC Boards

Kim Durcho, Director, Voter Engagement and Advocacy Programs, BIPAC

Kim Durcho

Kim joined BIPAC in early 2015 and is the Director, Voter Engagement and Advocacy Programs, where her responsibilities include advising BIPAC members on grassroots and GOTV activity; providing members with resources and guidance to help them strengthen their grassroots program; developing election-oriented content; and assisting members with communications and strategic planning. Before this role, Kim worked as the Manager, Advocacy Programs.

Prior to joining BIPAC she worked on the Tilghman for Congress campaign in Maryland’s First District. She is a Pennsylvania native and graduated from Millersville University with a BA in English and Penn State University with a Master of Public Administration.

Topics of Interest

  • Using Grassroots Communications to Build Your Advocate Base
  • Implementing a Get Out the Vote Campaign
  • Engaging Advocates on the Issues
  • Advocate Training – Government Basics, Year-Round Advocate Engagement, Meeting with Legislators, and Conducting Activities in the District

Target Audience:

  • Public affairs professionals
  • PAC managers
  • Association executives
  • Corporate and facility managers
  • Regional and state lobbyists

Contact: info@bipac.org • (202) 833-1880