WHO: David W. Kemps, 40
WHAT: Pension lobbyist
WHERE: Investment Company Institute, Washington
WHEN: Began career as a field representative for Indiana Republican Party in 1982. Worked for Sen. Dan Quayle, R-Ind., and for the Washington office of J.C. Penney Inc., the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Joined ICI in July.
WHY: Impressive and persuasive yet soft-spoken and likable. Combines substance with skill. "He is somebody you would like to have on your side," said Janice Gregory, vice president at the ERISA Industry Committee. "He clearly understands the issues. And he is a good strong advocate."
"I've seen him make presentations . . . and he is persuasive," said Leslie B. Kramerich, a partner in the Washington law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
He is "a person who tries to do the right thing, represents his members and is well-liked," said Randolf H. Hardock, partner in the Washington law firm of Davis & Harman.