Our Experts Can Be Part of Your Next Event
NSSGA’s Speakers Bureau is comprised of leaders and staff who are available to speak at industry events on a variety of topics. These subject matter experts bring years of experience and are well versed in environmental issues, safety and health regulations and best practices and government affairs to state association meetings and other events. Read through the bios below and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a member of NSSGA’s Speakers Bureau to attend your upcoming event.
Michael W. Johnson
President and CEO of NSSGA
NSSGA President and CEO Michael (Mike) W. Johnson serves as the lead advocate for the stone, sand and gravel industry. In this role, Johnson is responsible for the strategic development and execution of the association’s key mission in the areas of government, public, industry and political affairs.
Since his appointment in 2013, Johnson has implemented an ambitious plan to grow the scope and influence of NSSGA. Rocks Build America is a three-year, member-driven initiative to enhance the association’s advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas, align internal and external communications activities with the association’s goals, and demonstrate NSSGA’s value to the entire aggregates industry.
Before his current role, Johnson served as the executive vice president, chief lobbyist and top political officer with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). In that position, he led a team of government and political affairs professionals that successfully pushed for enactment of the Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking (STOP) Act. He also oversaw the operation of one of the largest and most successful political action committees in the country.
Prior to NBWA, Johnson served as vice president of government affairs with the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). During his six-year tenure, he played a leadership role on a successful advocacy team that pushed for two successful, member-sought federal policy changes: the 21st Amendment Enforcement Act to reduce underage drinking, and a tax measure to provide equal treatment for both domestic and imported products.
In addition to managing a congressional campaign and a stint with a political and government affairs consulting firm, he lobbied Congress and ran ballot initiatives and referendum campaigns for the National Association of Home Builders.
Johnson’s first position in Washington was with former Sen. Wendell H. Ford, D-Ky., the second highest-ranking member of the Senate leadership at the time. Johnson served the senator in various capacities, including as his political director.
Johnson is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Association Committee of 100 and is an American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Key Industry Association Council member. He was honored twice by Association TRENDS as a “Leading Association Lobbyist” in 2012 and a “Young & Aspiring Association Professionals of 2007.”
A Kentucky native, Johnson earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Journalism at the University of Kentucky. He remains a devoted Wildcat fan, as well as an avid golfer. He currently serves as the President of The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C. and on the Board of Directors of Hollin Meadows Swim and Tennis Club. He is a graduate of Rapport Leadership International and is a proud Life Loyal Alumni of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
Since coming to NSSGA in 2013, Mike has aggressively sought to strategically re-energize and refocus the association’s resources to better serve the industry. Within a short period, he and NSSGA’s leadership implemented the three-year Rocks Build America strategic plan to grow the association’s scope and influence. The plan’s four aspects include: strengthening legislative advocacy through aggressive lobbying, grassroots and political involvement; increasing focus on key health, safety, and environmental regulatory matters; expanding strategic communications to give the industry a greater presence on both the policy and national stage and to grow non-dues revenue and membership. Since implementation, NSSGA has seen progress on all of these fronts.
Johnson, his wife, Jill, and their two boys live in Alexandria, Va.
Joseph Casper, NSSGA Vice President of Safety
The most profitable companies tend to be those that safeguard workplace safety and health and are committed to compliance with standards. Joseph Casper, NSSGA Vice President of Safety, conveys this message when he presents on the various ways in which leading companies invest in safety and compliance so that injuries are avoided, and compliance costs are minimized. Casper describes NSSGA best practices materials and outlines ways in which the NSSGA Safety and Health Committee advocates for sound regulatory policy and enforcement that’s both consistent and focused on areas of greatest risk. Casper also explains the ways in which NSSGA works with MSHA, as well as the Judicial and Legislative branches of government to advocate for common-sense regulation and enforcement. Casper has spent more than two decades in both corporate and trade association advocacy environments with a focus on worker wellness and related compliance issues. Casper began his career in the Reagan and Bush administrations, and holds a Master’s degree in Business Management.
Emily Coyner, NSSGA Director of Environmental Policy
Emily Coyner, NSSGA Director of Environmental Policy, frequently speaks to state aggregate associations and member companies about environmental issues of national significance affecting aggregates operations. These issues include NSSGA’s advocacy on the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Rule and other water and air issues. Emily also manages NSSGA’s pulverized minerals division of member companies and NSSGA’s sustainability task force. Emily has over 10 years of experience in dealing with federal environmental issues for the building materials industry and has been with NSSGA since 2010. She is a professional geologist and previously worked for the State of Texas in industrial pollution prevention and assisted a variety of industries to comply with environmental regulations across the country as a consulting geologist.
Bailey Wood, Vice President of Communications
Bailey Wood is the Vice President of Communications at NSSGA and oversees the association’s communications strategies. He ensures that NSSGA’s internal and external media efforts are integrated with advocacy, events and membership goals, so that NSSGA members are well informed of current industry news, events and the value of NSSGA membership. These are lessons he can impart to any state aggregates association or larger industry group.
To keep NSSGA and trade media well informed of association news, Wood created NSSGA’s highly-read Digital Aggregate and has implemented strategic digital and print media campaigns to increase NSSGA’s visibility on Capitol Hill, before both the mainstream and trade press and the association’s members.
Wood joined NSSGA with years of experience under three members of Congress, the House Policy Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee. Prior to joining NSSGA, Wood worked at the National Automobile Dealers Association engaging the media on several high-profile automaker recalls, the bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler and the popular Cash-for-Clunkers program.