About the Event

2015 Washington Forum

September 16 – 17, 2015
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Join us at NCA’s annual Washington Forum. This legislative fly-in is an important opportunity to meet with your Congressional representatives to communicate the value of the confectionery industry and the important role that your business plays in your community. You will create connections with policy-makers that will advance the industry as well as your business. This is your chance to advocate on issues affecting our industry before Congress, including food safety, public health and trade. We need you in Washington, September 16-17, so that you can help protect your business from burdensome regulation and to promote a favorable confectionery business environment. Your voice is important. Come and make a difference.

Learn more about the issues during this 45-minute recorded webinar or read about the issues:


We hope to see you next year at the 2016 Washington Forum.

Event Highlights

  • All attendees fully briefed on the issues during a pre-event webinar and on-site in Washington.
  • Meetings arranged for you by NCA staff – more than 200 high-level meetings will be secured.
  • You’ll have a chance to share with other attendees during Pints & Politics, our wrap-up reception.

You’re invited to a special event at the Newseum where NCA will release brand new economic data on the confectionery industry: The Power of Sweet.

What's on the Schedule

Washington Forum | Schedule of Events: September 16-17

Washington, D.C. - Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Event Schedule

Wednesday, September 16

  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Executive Board Meeting – Columbia A
  • 12 – 5 p.m. Executive Board and Board of Trustees Meeting – Capitol Room (lunch served)
  • 5 – 6 p.m. Issues Briefing  – Congressional B
  • 6 – 6:30 p.m. VIP CandyPAC Reception: Featuring Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) – Capitol A
  • 6:30 – 8 p.m. Welcome Reception – Congressional A
  • 7:30 p.m. Executive Board Dinner – Off Site

Thursday, September 17

  • 8 – 9 a.m. Issues Briefing  – Capitol Room (breakfast served)
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Press and Industry Briefing– Newseum
  • 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Visits
  • 12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch: Featuring Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) – Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Building (2 Constitution Ave. NE)
  • 4 – 6 p.m. Chocolate Council Meeting  – Congressional B
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m. Supplier Advisory Committee Meeting– Yosemite
  • 4:30 – 6 p.m. Sweets & Snacks Expo Committee – Capitol B
  • 6 – 8 p.m. Pints & Politics and Evening Reception: Featuring Mike Allen, Chief White House Correspondent, POLITICO – Thornton

Friday, September 18

  • 8 – 11:30 a.m. YPN Committee Meeting  – Redwood
  • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Candy & Snack Today Editorial Meeting – Thornton BC

Download a printable schedule of events.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, New Jersey Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC


Christine Purcell

202.534.1440 ext. 118

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill for the special rate of $279 per night for double rooms. King room rates start at $309 per night based on availabilty. Call for reservations (888-421-1442) and mention National Confectioners Association to receive the discounted rate. Reservations can also be made online.

A one-night guarantee is required to confirm a reservation by credit card. The deposit will be refunded if cancellation of reservation is received two (2) days prior to arrival date. The cut-off date is Wednesday, August 19.

The Hyatt Regency is located at:
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

PLEASE NOTE! A block of overflow rooms have been set up at the Hyatt Place at the special rate of $229 per night. Reservations can be made online. Rate includes complimentary continental breakfast. The cut-off date is Friday, August 21.

Hyatt Place is one mile from the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill at:

33 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002

Contact Anne Krohn with questions.

All Attendees
Who's Coming

Scott Green

Creative Concepts


Kennith Fries


Vice President of Convenience

Tracy Mihas

Mondelez International, Inc.

Director, Corporate & Government Affairs

Steven Schiller

The Hershey Company

President, International

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