John F. Gay
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

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John Gay is responsible for the association's state and federal government affairs departments and its political action committee.

Prior to joining CHPA in March 2012, Gay served as president and CEO of the Natural Products Association, the nation's largest and oldest association representing retailers and manufacturers of dietary supplements and other natural products.

Gay began his career in the office of former U.S. Senator Mack Mattingly (R-Ga.) and proceeded to a series of increasingly responsible positions with Andersen Worldwide, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the International Franchise Association, and the National Restaurant Association, where he managed an extensive government affairs program.

Gay is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and earned a Certificate in Organizational Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management.

Education: B.A., University of Virginia