TMA's 102nd Annual Meeting & Conference

May 10-12, 2017

Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles - Chantilly, VA





Conference Theme

TMA is pleased to announce the agenda and theme for our 102nd Annual Meeting & Conference. We are excited about the opportunity to gather all stakeholders together and discuss the critical issues facing tobacco and vapor in 2017 and beyond.

This year’s theme, Understanding, Navigating & Embracing Change, captures the spirit of the times within TMA, the industry, and wider society. Our conference will explore change and the overlapping needs of all stakeholders to understand, navigate and embrace change and its impact on business, policy-making and civil society.  

Providing a forum for all stakeholders to convey information, exchange ideas and learn from each other is a cornerstone of TMA. TMA thanks our speakers, CTP Director Mitch Zeller and Malawian Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Necton Mhura. We also extend a warm welcome to Dr. Matt Holman, Director of the CTP Office of Science, who will be making his inaugural TMA appearance as head of the Office of Science. Dr. Holman is succeeding Dr. David Ashley and we thank Dr. Ashley for the many years he contributed to the spirit of information exchange at TMA.

Please review our agenda on the next page. We hope you will join us at our new location, the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles.  




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Day 1 – Wednesday, May 10th

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Working Session: Understanding Rulemaking & Executive Orders

Industry, government and policy-making experts take participants through the rule-making process, reviewing how the process worked and what changes the new Administration and the latest round of Executive Orders will mean to the process, in general, and for tobacco specifically. The focus is on CTP rules, guidance and policy-making from a process perspective to provide a greater understanding as to how rules and guidance documents come into being and evolve over time.


  • Jeff Stier: Health Policy Expert & Senior Fellow, National Center for Public Policy Research
  • Seth Mailhot: Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP 
  • Jonathan Gledhill: President, Policy Navigation Group 

5:30 – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception and Barbeque

Enjoy a casual outdoor reception (weather permitting) to meet and mingle with TMA Members and conference attendees. Line up meetings and check out potential contacts to expand your network, or just relax, have a drink and enjoy spring after a long winter.


Day 2 – Thursday, May 11th

8:50 – 9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 AM

Keynote Address by the FDA CTP Director

  • Mitch Zeller: Director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products opens the first full session TMA’s annual conference 

10:00 – 11:20 AM

Navigating Premarket Authorization & Harm Reduction: Regulators, Academics & Industry Viewpoints & Practices

Navigate the choices available for premarket submissions and where potential harm reduction strategy fits into the process. Featuring an in-depth discussion on deemed products’ premarket and provisional authorization requirements, the panel focuses on the interplay between products, market position and submission construction as it relates to authorization submissions. Featuring Dr. Matthew Holman: Director CTP Office of Science, speaking on CTP’s view of the pathways and opportunities for regulated industry regarding submissions.


11:20 – 11:40 AM

Break and Networking

11:40 – 12:30 PM

Pathways Leading to Legislative, Legal & Regulatory Change

Moderated by TMA’s newest Board Member, Barry Schaevitz of Fox Rothschild, this panel explores recent developments by stakeholders since the final Deeming Regulation was promulgated. The panel will review what’s happened, from legal challenges, legislation, the impact new FDA + HHS appointees may have on the direction FDA Centers take and what Congress holds for business and the tobacco industry


12:35 – 1:45 PM

Lunch and Keynote Address

H.E. Necton Mhura, Malawian Ambassador to the United Nations will speak on leaf issues impacting growers and the economy of Malawi  

1:45 – 2:15 PM

TMA Annual Organization Meeting

Open to all conference attendees, this is the yearly organizational meeting by TMA and election of the 2017-2018 Board Members.

2:30 – 3:45 PM

Testing Methodologies for Deemed Products

Never has the need for companies to demonstrate their product knowledge, including levels of Harmful & Potentially Harmful Constituents and how those levels compare to other products, been greater – from its inclusion as a suggestion in CTP regulatory pathway guidance to its prominent position in CTP’s draft NNN rule for smokeless products. This session focuses on how companies develop and apply testing methodologies necessary in nicotine regulatory science, and the role industry should play in advancing state of the art of testing methodologies.


3:45 – 4:00 PM

Coffee & Networking Break

4:00 – 5:00 PM

International Regulatory Changes

A category-by-category review of major international developments impacting the global tobacco and vapor industry. Moderated by BAT’s Chris Proctor, the panel focuses on the forces of change at work outside the US and their impact on products and regulatory affairs and science within key tobacco and vapor market sectors.


5:00 – 5:15 PM

Closing Remarks

7:00 – 10:00 PM

TMA Cocktail Reception & Dinner

Join TMA Members and guests for dinner and cocktails. Enhance your contacts and build your network. Featuring a keynote address on international trade and tobacco and vapor.


  • Jon Huenemann: Vice President US and International Corporate Affairs, Philip Morris International - Global Services Inc.


Day 3 – Friday, May 12th

8:50 – 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Forces of Change: TMA Analysis of the Business and Policy Landscape for Leaf, Tobacco & Vapor

TMA analyzes recent economic, legislative, regulatory and policy trends looking at change over the last few years up to the present, setting the stage for expert analysis on the impact of events in the future on business and policy-making. Features presentations by TMA subject-matter experts.                         


  • Jack Weber: Legislative Analysis, TMA 
  • Chris Moll: Content Manager, TMA
  • Darryl Jayson: VP & COO, TMA

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Coffee & Networking Break

11:00 – 12:20 PM

The Business of Change: Industry Analyst Views & Opinions

Where the forces of change will take us – an in-depth review of major economic, legislative, regulatory and policy trends and the impact they will have on leaf, tobacco, and vapor. The discussion will be guided by TMA’s new President & CEO, Chris Greer


  • Kenneth Shea: Senior Analyst, Bloomberg
  • Darryl Jayson: VP & COO,TMA
  • David Schwartz: Founding Partner, Gotham Government Relations & Communications

12:20 Onwards

Closing Remarks, Boxed Lunch & Departures



TMA Would Like To Thank Our Sponsors:



Platinum Sponsors



Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors




22nd Century Group     Troutman Sanders     Fox Rothschild LLP