President and Chief Executive Officer
During her career of more than 30 years with IDFA, Connie Tipton has held a leadership role in virtually all areas of the association, including legislative and international affairs, economic policy analysis, public relations, marketing, education and training, and trade shows. She helped to launch the annual Capitol Hill Ice Cream Party and encouraged legislation that created the famous "Milk Mustache" campaign. Tipton also led successful legislative campaigns to lessen government involvement in regulations that reduce dairy product marketability.
Tipton serves on the board of directors for BIPAC, a broad business-oriented political activation organization, and the Capitol Hill Day School. She is past chair of the Bryce Harlow Foundation Board, a group that provides scholarships and leadership in professional advocacy. In September of 2011, Tipton was selected as a “Top Association CEO” by CEO Update, and in 2009 she was named Association Executive of the Year by Association Trends magazine. Previously, Tipton was designated a top trade association lobbyist in Washington by two Capitol Hill publications. See LinkedIn profile.
Senior Group Vice President and General Counsel
Clay Hough oversees IDFA's international trade, regulatory and scientific affairs, and serves as general counsel. He helps develop regulatory strategies and association policies in such areas as biosecurity, food safety, federal standards of identity, nutrition guidance, labeling and biotechnology. In addition, he serves as the primary contact on international trade issues and manages the association's legal affairs.
Prior to joining IDFA, Hough was an associate and partner for 13 years in the public policy practice group at the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP, where he specialized in commodity and trade policy. While at Patton Boggs, he established strong relationships with federal agencies and Congress during his work on the federal sugar program, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and dairy import rules. Before joining Patton Boggs, Hough worked for two members in Congress. See LinkedIn Profile.
Senior Vice President, Finance, Administration & Trade Show
Neil Moran is responsible for directing the association's financial and accounting, human resources, information technology, administrative activities and the annual trade show.
Prior to joining IDFA, Moran served as chief financial officer for the National Capital Revitalization Corporation and for the RLA Revitalization Corporation, where he provided financial guidance relating to valuation, pricing and modeling of the organizations' developments and projects. Before that, Moran served as vice president for finance and CFO for Black's Guide, Inc., a commercial real estate information service, where he guided the company through the acquisition phase, as well as its subsequent sale. As CFO and director of finance and administration for the National Center on Education and the Economy, Moran was responsible for all financial and administrative functions.
Moran also served as the CFO for the Drug Policy Foundation, vice president of finance and administration for Sky Courier Network, and as vice president of finance for the Aeromaritime Group. He began his career in the Washington, D.C., office of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Senior Vice President, Legislative and Economic Affairs
Jerry Slominski leads IDFA's government affairs team, which develops and implements strategies that engage national and local leaders on issues that are vital to the growth of the U.S. dairy industry.
Slominski has more than 20 years of experience in policy and legislative advocacy in Washington, D.C. Prior to IDFA, Slominski worked for the energy industry and specialized in the areas of climate change, environmental policy, homeland security and government regulation. He served as a lobbyist for the Westinghouse Corporation where he focused on pension and trade issues.
Slominski moved to Washington, D.C., in 1987 to work for then-Senator Jim Exon, a Democrat from Nebraska. He served in the senator’s personal office for eight years and was the Democratic deputy staff director of the Senate Budget Committee from 1995 to 1996. See LinkedIn profile.