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Natural product advocate joins CHPA as new VP government affairs


WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association on Tuesday named John Gay as the association's VP government affairs. Gay will begin his duties March 8.

Reporting to CHPA president and CEO Scott Melville, Gay will oversee the association’s state and federal government affairs departments, its political action committee, and will serve as a member of the association’s senior management team.

“John brings a wealth of government affairs, association, and corporate experience to CHPA and has a proven record of legislative achievement,” Melville said. “His keen political insight, seasoned legislative perspective, and ability to build broad, diverse coalitions will enhance CHPA’s overall advocacy efforts.”

A graduate of the University of Virginia and a native of Georgia, Gay began his career in the office of former Sen. Mack Mattingly, R-Ga., and proceeded to a series of increasingly responsible positions with Anderson Worldwide, the Hotel & Lodging Association, the International Franchise Association and the National Restaurant Association.


Most recently, Gay was president and CEO of the Natural Products Association, an organization that represents retailers and manufacturers of natural products.

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