Brett Vassey is President and CEO of Virginia Manufacturers Association where he handles government affairs, business services, personnel matters, and board management. He holds lectures throughout 25 locations such as, the University of Virginia and the Thomas Jefferson Institute, in regards to manufacturing competitiveness and workforce development. He received his Bachelors in Political Science at the University of Kansas in 1992 and Masters in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech in 1995. Over the years, he has founded organizations, such as the Virginia Industry Foundation, Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, Manufacturing Skills Institute and Dream It Do It Virginia Network. These organizations have been the leaders in manufacturing non-profit services, advocacy and workforce development at a national level.