Day on the Hill 2024

Washington, D.C.

May 6-7, 2024

In 2024, Day on the Hill expands! In advance of our descent upon Capitol Hill, we'll have a day of education aimed primarily at state leaders (but helpful to anyone) designed to help you formulate a position statement and agenda in support of the auction industry, assist in identifying political issues before they become crises, and the most effective ways to lobby for your state and the auction industry.

Schedule subject to change

Monday, May 6


 8 a.m. Welcome
Potomac 4 & 5
Addresses from NAA Leadership, Introduction to Katie Mechlin, Discussion of Advocacy/DoH History, Invite New PAC Manager/Lobbyist to Speak/Introduce Themselves, Handout Information Packets
8:30 a.m. Policy Trends Across the Country
Potomac 4 & 5
This session will give an in-depth look at legislation being filed across the country that is affecting the auction industry. Addison Russel, an attorney and government relations specialist with Ramsey, Farrar, Russell & Smith in Nashville, will guide you through the following legislative trends: Uniform Partition of Heirs Act, Online Marketplace Facilitator Act, Foreign Ownership of Real Property, Online Auctions, Regulatory Framework, and UCC updates.
9:30 a.m. Break 
Potomac 4 & 5 and foyer 
9:45 a.m. Moderated Discussion - For States by States
Potomac 4 & 5
This will be a roundtable discussion moderated by NAA's Advocacy Chair, Wade Baer. This session will focus on how state associations can best work their advocacy efforts at the state level. What issues rise to the level of advocacy? What's the best way to leverage your members' relationships?
11:15 a.m. Auction Advocacy
Potomac 4 & 5
Addison Russel will discuss with attendees the most effective ways to advocate for your state and the auction industry. To do so, she will address:
- Lobbyists: What are they? What can they do for the association? How to engage?
- Days on The Hill: What should they look like? What do you talk about? What are the benefits?
- How to Play Politics with Your Auction Business
12:15 p.m. Lunch 
Not provided
2:15 p.m. Congressman James Comer (KY-01) & Group Photo Opportunity
Outside on the Capitol Plaza at the East Front House Steps
The Chair of the House Oversight Committee will speak to NAA on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Congressman Comer has a distinguished background in agriculture and a long-standing familiarity with the auction industry. Members will hear invaluable insights into the issues facing both industries from a prominent leader in Congress.
2:45 p.m. U.S. Capital Tour
U.S. Capital Visitor Center
Congressman Comer’s office will accompany NAA on a tour of the Capitol led by a professional CVC tour guide. Tour will include the Rotunda, National Statuary Hall, and the Crypt. Members will have the opportunity to extend the tour by doing a self-guided walk through the galleries.
Tuesday, May 7  
8 a.m. Statement of Positions Review/Final Prep
Potomac 4 & 5
Katie Mechlin will review NAA’s position on legislative issues, give final tips on interacting with legislators, and answer any questions. Leave-behind materials will also be distributed. These materials will consist of short briefing documents on each of the key policy priorities for NAA and are intended to be left by attendees with congressional members and staff during their meetings.
8:30 a.m. Congressional Meetings
Capital Hill
Members will attend their scheduled meetings with their Senators and Representatives. Members are encouraged to join other NAA meetings when their schedule allows.
4 p.m. Debriefing
5 p.m. Reception 
CityBar Rooftop Lounge 
Attendees are encouraged to invite the members and staff they speak with on the Hill to our reception at CityBar Rooftop Lounge located at the Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall. In the event of inclement weather, the reception will take place in The Placery located in the hotel lobby. 


Note: This is a free event; however, we ask that you register so that we can have an accurate count for food and beverage orders.


Advocacy Committee

Wade Baer, CAI, AMM (Chair 2024)
Jay Cash, BAS, CES (Vice Chair 2024)
Sherm Hostetter, CAI, AARE, BAS, CES, GPPA (EC Liaison 2024)
Isaac Schultz (2024)
Isaac Stoller, CAI (2024)
Stephen LaRaviere (2025)
Jeff Morris, CAI, AARE (2025)
Jennifer Gableman, CAI, ATS (2026)
Terri Walker, CAI, BAS, CES (2026)

Note: This is a free event; however, we ask that you register so that we can have an accurate count for food and beverage orders


Hotel information
Hyatt Place Washington DC/National Mall
400 E Street SW, Washington, D.C., United States, 20024
(202) 803-6110

Reservations will be made by individuals before Tuesday, April 2, 2024 by:  
- Calling 1-888 HYATT HP (1-888-492-8847)
- Going online to and entering reservation using G-NAA3 as the group/corporate number

Deadline: April 2, 2024

To book your hotel after the deadline, contact the hotel directly. Availability is not guaranteed. 

Our hotel has never been closer! Easily walk to Capitol Hill.