Spring Meeting

General Info

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Registration is now closed for the Institute of Makers of Explosives 2023 Spring Meeting to be held Monday, May 8th - Thursday, May 11th in Washington, D.C.

We're excited about what is sure to be a productive and informative meeting in our nation's capital, where you will have the opportunity to engage with key regulators and member of Congress.

IME's 2023 Spring Meeting begins on Monday at 5:30 p.m. with a Welcome Reception at the Hilton at Washington's D.C. National Mall & The Wharf. Tuesday will kick-off with a breakfast featuring a member of Congress followed by a busy day of Committee meetings. The day will conclude with a networking reception at The Wharf's 12 Stories Bar and Lounge which boasts a nearly 360-degree view of the Potomac River and the Washington skyline.

On Wednesday, we will begin with breakfast and a policy briefing before a full day of visits with members of Congress. We will conclude the day with a Congressional reception.

If you have any questions about the Spring Meeting, please contact IME's Manager of Special Projects and Member Services, Alex Caron, at (202) 266-4317 or via email at acaron@ime.org.

We're looking forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

2023 Spring Meeting Schedule

Monday, May 8
ALL DAY Member Arrivals Hilton L’Enfant Plaza
5:30PM - 7:30PM Welcome Reception Mount Vernon Room
7:00PM LEAD Dinner with Congressional Guest Speaker (Invite Only) Capitol Hill Club
Tuesday, May 9
8:00AM - 9:00AM Opening Session Breakfast with: ATF Director Steven Dettelbach Mount Vernon Room
9:10AM - 10:10AM  Incident Reports (IME members only) Gallery 1-3
10:15AM - 11:45AM Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee Meeting Gallery 1-3
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch with: Guest Speaker Mount Vernon Room
1:15PM - 2:45PM Transportation, Distribution & Security Committee Meeting with:
ATF Roundtable
Gallery 1-3
2:00PM – 5:00pm Steering Committee Meeting (Invitation Only) Gallery 4
3:00PM - 4:30PM Technical Committee Meeting Gallery 1-3
5:30PM - 7:30PM Networking Reception 12 Stories Bar & Lounge, The Wharf
Wednesday, May 10
8:00AM - 9:15AM Breakfast and Briefing for Congressional Visits Gallery 1-3
10:00AM - 5:00PM Congressional Visits Capitol Hill
5:00PM - 7:00PM Congressional Reception The Florida House on Capitol Hill
Thursday, May 11
8:30AM - 11:00AM Breakfast/Board of Governors Meeting (BOG Primary Governor and/or Alternate Governor Only) Gallery 1-3

Committee Meetings

Please use the Table of Contents below to access the Spring Meeting Materials

  1.  Table of Attendees

  2. Meeting Protocols & Frequently Asked Questions

  3. Hill Day*
    a. Answering Your Hill Day Questions Webinar
    b. Advocacy Associates App Information
    c. How-To Video
    d. Position Papers

  4. Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee

  5. Transportation, Distribution & Security Committee

  6. Technical Committee

  7. Steering Committee

  8. Board of Governors

  9. Personnel Directory

  10. Articles of Incorporation & Bylaws

  11. CVI & SSI

*All Materials Can be Found in the "Documents" Section


Ripon Society President and CEO Jim Conzelman

Prior to joining Ripon, Jim worked with former Congressman Michael G. Oxley at the law firm of BakerHostetler as Senior Advisor. Jim served for 25 years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Oxley (R-OH), managing Oxley’s Washington, district and committee staff. From 2000-2006, as Counselor to the House Financial Services Committee Chair, he worked on the Sarbanes Oxley Act, USA Patriot Act, and Terrorism Risk Insurance.

Jim is an active member and former President of the Republican House and Senate Chief of Staff’s organization, and has been named to Who’s Who in American Politics, Men of Merit Cambridge, England, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Jim was named “Capitol Hill Staffer of the Year” by the American Society of Association Executives in 2005. Campaigns and Elections Magazine cited Jim as one of the five most influential and powerful chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill in 2006.

Jim is a graduate of Montana State University and Harvard University’s Program for Senior Managers in Government, and has served as a Congressional fellow with the John C. Stennis Fellowship Program.

You can learn more about the Ripon society here

Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Steven M. Dettelbach

Steven M. Dettelbach was appointed by the President and sworn in as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on July 13, 2022. Mr. Dettelbach is responsible for leading an agency of men and women charged with protecting the public by enforcing laws and regulations related to firearms, explosives, arson, and alcohol and tobacco trafficking.

From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Dettelbach served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. As U.S. Attorney, he oversaw high-profile investigations and both managed and personally handled large-scale, crisis-level litigations. He also supervised a broad docket of complex affirmative and defensive civil matters. He was also detailed as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In his 30-year career, Mr. Dettelbach has been involved in nearly every type of criminal, civil or regulatory investigation. He has also served in senior policy roles at the Department of Justice, having been appointed by two Attorneys General to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Mr. Dettelbach also was appointed to Chair the AGAC Civil Rights Subcommittee by both Attorneys General Holder and Lynch, and he was the longest serving Chair in the Obama Administration.

Mr. Dettelbach received his J.D. from Harvard University in 1991 and his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1988.

Congressman Mike Collins (R-GA-10)

Rep. Mike Collins is a freshman member of the 118th Congress. He currently serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology where he chairs the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. As the Representative for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, Rep. Collins brings decades of experience as an entrepreneur, businessman, and employer to Congress. He and his wife Leigh Ann started a trucking company in the early 1990s that has grown to employ more than 100 Georgians and hauls freight all over America. Mike has also served on the board and as Chairman of one of Georgia’s largest credit unions and president of his local Chamber of Commerce. That experience informs Mike’s top policy priorities, which are to cut wasteful spending and take onerous regulations off the backs of small business owners so our economy can grow and hard-working Americans can thrive.

Representative Collins was born, raised and still resides in Jackson, Georgia. He graduated with a business degree from Georgia State University. He and Leigh Ann have three grown children and four grandchildren.



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Sponsorship Opportunities

IME is now offering sponsorship opportunities for companies that would like to provide additional support for the meeting while getting your name in front of key audiences. If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the meeting, please contact Alexandria Caron at acaron@ime.org.

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