Five Small-Business Advocates You Need in Your Rolodex
BENNIE L. THAYER
President and CEO, National Association for the Self-Employed, Washington
RESUME: Chairman, National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises, Washington, 1981-83; chairman and executive director, National Alliance of Franchisees, Washington, 1984-85; executive director, National Alliance of Franchisees and Dealers, Washington, 1986-87; president and chief executive officer, Diversified Concepts Inc., Washington, 1985-91; chairman and chief executive officer, Lightcom International Inc., Washington, 1992-present; president and chief executive officer, National Association for the Self-Employed, Washington, 1992-present.
MEMBER: Board member and past chairman, National Business League of Southern Maryland; past chairman, Maryland Rainbow Coalition; past co-chairman, Maryland delegation to the White House Small Business Conference.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Establishing the only known facilities-based, minority-owned long-distance telephone company, Lightcom International.
ON THE RECORD: "As corporations and both the federal and local government downsize more and more, people are finding it necessary to market their skills and/or products from a home-based business. Recognizing this, federal and state governments must formulate laws and regulations that facilitate the existence of these smallest of small businesses."
YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 202/466-2100; firstname.lastname@example.org
JOHN S. SATAGAJ
President, Small Business Legislative Council, Washington
RESUME: President, Small Business Legislative Council, Washington, 1985-present; partner, London and Satagaj, Washington, 1985-present.
MEMBER: American Bar Association; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; American Society of Association Executives.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Solving a problem for a small business.
ON THE RECORD: "While a lot of Washington insiders profess a profound respect for small business, very few follow through. As a result, despite small business's visibility, it takes an extra effort to own small business' share of any public policy debate."
YOU CAN REACH ME AT: 202/639-8500
Corporate and public affairs liaison, National Association of Women Business Owners, Silver Spring
RESUME: Chief executive officer and founder, Terry Neese Personnel Services and TNT Temporaries, Oklahoma City, 1975-present; director of small business, Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Oklahoma City, 1988-90; corporate and public affairs liaison and past president, National Association of Women Business Owners, Silver Spring, 1990-present. …