Grayling to lobby on behalf of NAHFA
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, December 5, 2013
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The North American Home Furnishings Assn. said it has signed Washington, D.C.-based government relations company Grayling as its lobbying firm of record.
Grayling replaces longtime lobbyist John Satagaj, who is retiring.
"John diligently served as the lobbyist for the home furnishings retail industry for decades and we wish him all the best in his much-deserved retirement," said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA's CEO. "As we began our search for a new lobbying firm, it became clear to us that Grayling was a perfect fit for the association."
She said Grayling is well-entrenched in the Beltway, has staff in key metro areas around the country, and has years of experience lobbying in the home furnishings industry with the American Home Furnishings Alliance.
Grayling's lobbyists are already working on issues that affect the industry, such as the Environmental Protection Agency formaldehyde and Consumer Product Safety Commission flammability regulations for furniture, and they are well-connected and prepared to work on issues that affect NAHFA members specifically, such as the Marketplace Fairness Act, tax reform and hours of service regulations, officials said.
"Working with Grayling solidifies our commitment to keeping our members informed about the issues that affect their businesses and armed with the knowledge and tools to respond when needed," Bradley said. "It also builds upon the relationship we have with AHFA and its leadership and helps create an even more relevant and persuasive voice for the industry in Washington."
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