Ann Wilson prepares to leave the RMA for MEMA

May 3, 2004

Ann Wilson has been with the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) for six years. As of June 1, she will be the new vice president of government affairs for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA).

Wilson, who will be based in MEMA's Washington, D.C., office, leaves RMA as senior vice president of government affairs.

"Her successful experience representing tire and rubber product manufacturers before federal and state government agencies and the U.S. Congress makes her ideally suited to guide the expansion of our government relations activities," says Chris Bates, CEO and president of MEMA.

In her new position, Wilson will work with the association’s Washington office staff in overseeing federal and state legislative and regulatory monitoring, reporting and advocacy. She will work to develop and promote association members’ views on legislation and regulations affecting the motor vehicle supplier industry.

She also will coordinate the Government Affairs Committee, which consists of government affairs professionals and other executives from MEMA’s three market segment associations -- the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).

In her previous position with RMA, Wilson worked closely with the association’s board and committees to create, manage and implement policy directives. Her areas of expertise included transportation, tire safety regulations, state and federal taxes, international trade and international harmonization.

"Clearly, RMA is sorry to see Ann Wilson leave," says Don Shea, RMA CEO and president. "She has been a solid contributor to this industry in meeting key policy challenges."

Prior to joining RMA in 1998, Wilson was the vice president of government affairs for the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), based in Alexandria, Va.