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“The whole lobbying profession has changed over the past few years,” said Ward, a one-time aide to former Reps. John J. Rhodes III, R-Ariz., and Michael P. Forbes, a Republican-turned-Democrat from New York. “You have a lot more people involved in grass roots and PACs and super PACs we need to pay attention to as an association. So we’re certainly considering ways we can make ourselves available to them.”
Lobbyist Mike Fulton, an ALL board member, said Marlowe guided the organization through a rough patch when President Barack Obama was targeting the industry and the group’s internal workings came to a standstill after the death of longtime Executive Director Patti Jo Baber.
“Howard Marlowe and his staff at his firm stepped up to the plate in a mammoth way and helped make sure the American League of Lobbyists didn’t miss a beat,” Fulton said. The executive director slot is now filled by Danielle Staudt.
Fulton noted that Ward has been an organizer of the league’s charity basketball games against members of Congress and Hill aides. The new president also led a long-term planning initiative, which includes the goal of tripling membership in five years. “Monte’s brought a lot of organization and strategy to the group,” Fulton said.
Added Marlowe: “We’ve had a grueling past two years, so I’m looking forward to pulling back in terms of time commitment.”
Though the league presidency is a volunteer gig, Ward said he, too, expects it will sometimes feel like a full-time job.