At IBIE, the American Bakers Association’s Government Relations Team will discuss how ABA’s policy work aligns with the industry’s business success. Participants will leave the session with resources and tools that can be brought back to the bakery to better prepare for legislative and regulatory changes. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to learn about policy that will impact everything from floor time to your bottom line.
When: September 8, 2019 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center Room N253
- Lee Sanders, American Bakers Association, Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Public Affairs Corporate Secretary
- Rasma Zvaners, American Bakers Association, Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Services
- Jack Detiveaux, American Bakers Association, Manager, Government Relations & Public Affairs
Lee Sanders is Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Public Affairs, as well as, Corporate Secretary for the American Bakers Association (ABA). Lee leads the ABA government relations team representing the baking industry before Congress, federal agencies, state legislatures and international policy making bodies. She advises association members and industry on critical legislative and regulatory issues while serving as a spokesperson on behalf of the industry. Lee is Co-Chair for the Food and Beverage Issue Alliance – a group of 50 FDA- regulated food industry trade associations that work together to develop unified positions on nutrition and food safety issues and meets quarterly with FDA officials. Lee sits on the Board of Directors for the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). She is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ Food Policy Committee. She is a past chair of the Wheat Quality Council as well as past chair of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) Milling and Baking Division. Lee is a founding member and current President of the Society of Bakery Women. Before coming to the industry 26 years ago, Lee served in several government roles including legislative aide to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) and as a political appointee in the Administration of George H.W. Bush. Lee holds a B.A. Degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and currently sits on its Political Science Advisory Board. She holds executive education certificates from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Leading Teams for Growth and Change as well as Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making. Lee is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), American Society of Association Executives.
Rasma Zvaners serves as Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Services for the American Bakers Association (ABA) and joined the organization in September 2006. Ms. Zvaners is the primary liaison for ABA’s Food Technical Regulatory Affairs Committee, ABA’s Energy and Environmental Health Committee and the ABA Safety Committee. Ms. Zvaners assists the industry with implementation of the food safety regulations and some ingredient specific issues. She also works closely with other ABA staff on nutrition policy issues. Ms. Zvaners is responsible for managing ABA’s Energy Star initiative and sustainability work as well as the ABA Safety Recognition Program. Prior to ABA she was with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) where in her last post, Ms. Zvaners served as Director of Regulatory Policy. She managed and led member companies on significant regulatory and policy issues including environment, energy, public health and products. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Michigan State University and she attended The George Washington University where she earned an American Bar Association Legal Assistant’s certification.
Jack Detiveaux is a Senior Manager, Government Relations & Public Affairs after having worked previously as a fellow for ABA. In his current position, Jack is responsible for tracking legislative and regulatory developments on trade, transportation and other areas as well as communicating these developments with ABA membership and coalition partners. He is currently serving as the liaison for ABA’s Logistics committee. Prior to joining ABA, Jack worked multiple municipal and state level campaigns within the state of Massachusetts – providing quantitative research into local voting patterns. Additionally, he spent time at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization developing bilateral political strategy between the alliance and its partners in the Middle East. Jack holds a B.S. in Economics & Political Science from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Having grown up in Houston, TX, he now resides in Washington, DC.