When trade organizations hold annual conventions, they usually provide some free time, amid the speeches and seminars, for members to do some sightseeing or pursue some cultural activities.
At its upcoming conference in late October, the American Society for Pension Professionals & Actuaries is asking members to spend their free time going to Capitol Hill to tell legislators of their concerns about the impact of federal budget-cutting on the retirement industry.
“This is the most important march on the Hill we have organized,” wrote Brian Graff, the Arlington, Va.-based association's executive director and CEO, in an e-mailed message to members. The sentence was highlighted in bold lettering.
Mr. Graff wrote that the conference, scheduled for Oct. 23-26 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, would leave open some time on Oct. 25 so members could “let their voices be heard firsthand” by representatives and senators.
ASPPA Political Director James E. Dornan, in an interview, said the ASPPA has made time in the past for members talk to legislators as part of the ASPPA's annual conference. Because “tax reform is about to become the mother of all issues for our industry,” Mr. Dornan said, echoing Mr. Graff's call for a large turnout.
“Congress should not be looking at people's retirement as a way to reduce the deficit,” Mr. Dornan said. “We want to make sure Congress is aware of our concerns.”
As of the first full week in September, Mr. Dornan said more than 250 ASPPA members had signed up to visit legislators.