Senator Bob Corker and NAM’s Jay Timmons to Receive 2014 Friends of Adam Smith Awards

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Friends of Adam Smith Foundation to Present Prestigious Honors at Gala

As true advocates of free enterprise, both Senator Corker and Jay Timmons are the epitome of what the Friends of Adam Smith Awards represent.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jay Timmons, Chief Executive Officer and President of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), were named today as recipients of the 2014 Public Official and Business Citizen Award, respectively, by the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation and the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC). The board of BIPAC, the largest national grassroots business network, and many of its members established the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation in November 2000 to highlight the role of business and business leadership in both the private sector and in government.

Senator Corker and Timmons will receive the honors on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. They will be recognized for their outstanding records of achievement in supporting and advancing the principles of free enterprise: free markets, low taxes, limited government, respect for private property, and the promotion of a stable economy. The Friends of Adam Smith Awards Dinner emphasizes the pivotal role that free enterprise plays in America.

The Awards program is one of Washington, DC’s most illustrious annual events as nearly 500 guests – including Members of Congress, business leaders of top corporations, association executives, senior Administration officials, Ambassadors, and community leaders regularly attend.

“As true advocates of free enterprise, both Senator Corker and Jay Timmons are the epitome of what the Friends of Adam Smith Awards represent. They are inspirational leaders with a selfless dedication to serving the ideals espoused by Adam Smith more than 200 years ago,” said BIPAC’s President and CEO Gregory S. Casey.

“I am honored to receive the Public Official Award by the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation,” said Senator Corker. “The free enterprise system we value in America has allowed many entrepreneurs, including myself, to build businesses and create jobs, and it has been a top priority of mine to support policies that will grow the private sector rather than the government.”

In Jay Timmons’ role as President and CEO of the NAM, he serves as the voice for the 12 million men and women who make things in America. “Our free market system is what makes our country the greatest in the world and one of the reasons manufacturing is making a comeback in America. Manufacturers contributed a record $2 trillion to our economy last year. Our manufacturing sector alone is larger than the entire economies of all but seven countries, and manufacturing exports have reached an all-time high. I am honored to receive the Business Citizen Award by the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation, as it is a tribute to the men and women who work in manufacturing every day to ensure the strength of our nation’s economy,” said Timmons.

Past Friends of Adam Smith Public Official Award recipients include Speaker John Boehner (R-OH); Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS); Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Ben Nelson (D-NE), and Larry Craig (R-ID); and Reps. Cass Ballenger (R-NC), Dave Camp (R-MI), Anne Northup (R-KY), Hal Rogers (R-KY), and Charlie Stenholm (D-TX).

Previous Friends of Adam Smith Business Citizen Award recipients include William Aldinger (Household International), Bernadette Budde (BIPAC), Charles Bunch (PPG Industries), Richard Cheney (Halliburton), John Dillon (International Paper Company), Bob LaBrant (Michigan Chamber of Commerce), John Luke, Jr. (MeadWestvaco), J. Larry Nichols (Devon Energy Corporation), Lee Raymond (ExxonMobil), W.R. Timken, Jr. (The Timken Company), and Earle Williams (BDM International).

The co-chairs of the 2014 dinner are Kevin Fromer (HSBC), Donna Harman (American Forest and Paper Association), and Marc Scarduffa (Pfizer).

For information, sponsorship packages, or tickets to the dinner, please contact Katie Maness at (703) 288-8695 or via email at kmaness(at)hayespr(dot)com.

About the Friends of Adam Smith Foundation
Friends of Adam Smith is a not-for-profit, fully incorporated foundation, that researches and promotes the historical and relevant link between politics, public policy, and economic freedom. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at:

The Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) was founded in 1963 as “an independent, bipartisan group,” to serve as a political action arm for American business and industry. BIPAC provides its members with the tools and strategies they need to keep their employees abreast of the key policy decisions impacting their livelihood, and opportunities to get involved in the public policy process. BIPAC helps state business organizations impact political outcomes beyond the beltway, through the nation’s largest employee-focused grassroots network in the states. BIPAC provides meaningful political analysis to keep members informed, crafts forward thinking election strategies, and deploys cutting-edge PAC and grassroots tools and technology to power the business community’s engines of advocacy. Learn more at:

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