Siekerka named to National Association of Manufacturers’ board of directors

Michele Siekerka.

New Jersey Business & Industry Association CEO and President Michele Siekerka has been named to the National Association of Manufacturers board of directors, according to a Wednesday announcement.

Siekerka joins the NAM board to bolster the association’s leadership in policy advocacy, legal action, workforce solutions, operational excellence and news and insights. She will help the industry advance a manufacturing competitiveness agenda that promotes opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

“Michele is a leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to her service on our board of directors,” NAM CEO and President Jay Timmons said in a statement.

“Michele will be a partner in the NAM’s efforts to advance a competitiveness agenda that grows our economy. We will work with policymakers to tackle immigration reform, fix our permitting process, expand trading opportunities, build on the 2017 tax reforms and reject top-down federal regulations that impact manufacturers’ ability to invest in America.”

Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its board of directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the U.S., with more than 14,000 members. The NAM is the nation’s most influential manufacturing advocate, and its membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy.

Approximately 90% of the NAM’s members are small and medium-sized businesses. Executives on the NAM board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, are the driving force behind the NAM’s efforts.

“I am honored to be a part of the NAM board and to fight for policies that will ensure our industry’s continued growth and success,” Siekerka said. “Lawmakers need to understand how their policies affect the nearly 13 million people who earn their living in manufacturing.”