Trade and Professional Association Experience

Trade and Professional Association Experience 2014-07-01T20:01:46+00:00

Leadership Positions held by John Chwat in the Association Community:

  • Member, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Government Relations Section  Council (ASAE includes over 12,000 trade and professional associations in the United States)
  • Past Chairman, Government Relations School, ASAE- Legislative Summit, Washington, DC.  (The School trains association executives through seminars on legislative affairs issues)
  • Past Chairman, Advanced Institute on Government Relations Program, ASAE



  • “Lobbying The Executive Branch,” Creating and Managing and Association Government Relations Program, Ed. Michael E.Kastner, ASAE, 1998
  • “The Use of Outside Legislative Consultants: When & How to Hire a Lobbyist” The Legislative Labyrinth, Ed. Walter Pidgeon, Wiley & Sons, NY, 2000
  • “Congressional Downtime,” Association Management Magazine, ASAE, December, 1991


  • Faculty, United States Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organizational Management
    (“students” include chamber and association executives. Topics include “Coalitions,” “Government Relations” and “Issue Advocacy.”)
  • American Society of Association Executives
    (Selected topics over the years have been, “How to use Congressional Parliamentary Procedure,” “Working With Legislative Staff,” “How to Manage a Government Relations Program,” “How to Run a Successful Grassroots Program,” “Direct Lobbying-Tricks of the Trade.”

Association Representational Activities

  • Since the early l980’s, John Chwat has had extensive experience in representing the interests of national and state associations in the public affairs area. He has developed a series of contacts and networks of state association executives in all 50 states and has relationships with a wide variety of national association executives and CEOs.
  • Served as “the Washington, D.C. office” for a variety of trade and professional associations;
  • Presented legislative affairs reports to association boards of directors and executive committees
  • Presented public affairs forums and seminars at national & state association conventions & trade shows;
  • Prepared articles for association newsletters, magazines and newspapers at the national and state levels;
  • Coordinated nationwide membership recruitment campaigns