Speaker - Stephen E. Lamar

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Stephen E. Lamar is Executive Vice President of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Mr. Lamar is responsible for the design and execution of AAFA lobbying strategies on a series of issues covering international trade, labor policy, customs procedures, the environment, judicial policy, product safety, and procurement practices. He also advises AAFA member companies on legislation and regulatory policies affecting the clothing and footwear industries.

Before joining AAFA, Mr. Lamar worked for prominent D.C.-based lobbying shops Jefferson Waterman International and Neill and Company. He has more than six years experience with the Executive Branch, including several years with the Commerce Department's International Trade Administration as a Presidential Management Intern. Before joining the Commerce Department, Mr. Lamar served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the southern African country of Botswana.

Mr. Lamar is President of the Washington International Trade Association and has lectured at several universities and the Foreign Service Institute on trade and public policy. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Colgate University in New York and a master of arts degree in international affairs (with a concentration in African politics and international trade) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Lamar is married with three children. In his free time, he is the Scout Master for Cub Scout Pack 1818 and the Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 1818. An avid runner, Mr. Lamar has completed nine marathons.

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