Juneau resident Thyes Shaub, state lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, attended the 2002 NFIB Small Business Summit last month in Washington, D.C.
At the summit, Shaub and NFIB Delegate Marie Wilson of Anchorage heard special reports on the state of the federal government from U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil, U.S. Commerce Secretary Don Evans, White House Counselor Karl Rove, Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Hector Baretto, and former First Lady Barbara Bush.
"It was really amazing," Shaub said. "Rove spoke about inside politics in the White House and Barbara Bush was delightful."
NFIB is the largest advocacy organization representing small and independent businesses in Washington, D.C., and all 50 state capitals.
Shaub said summit participants met in large groups to hear the speakers and then broke into small sessions.
"We worked with people from groups like (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the IRS," Shaub said. "It was more of a work session. You get real hands-on talking time with these people."
Before her tenure as an NFIB state lobbyist, Shaub served as a director and program manager for resource and business development in the state Department of Commerce and Economic Development, then became director of government affairs for the Alaska Forest Association, an industry group.
In 1991, Shaub founded Shaub and Associates, a lobbyist and government affairs consulting firm, and has been on contract with NFIB since 1995. Shaub has attended all three of the biennial summits.