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Mick Truitt, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for Ludlum Measurements, was recently elected to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The election took place during their June meeting held at the Chamber headquarters in Washington DC.
Truitt said the U.S. Chamber of Commerce helps coordinate the voice of businesses in Washington DC and assists businesses in working with governments around the world. â€śBeing elected to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is an honor and allows me to work with the other members of the board to help determine the direction for the Chamber going forward.â€ť
Giovanni Coratolo, vice president of small business policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Truitt is active in advancing the chamberâ€™s growth and jobs agenda and is a longstanding member of the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council (CLAC). Coratolo also said that electing Truitt to this position helps the Chamber with its efforts to strengthen their mid-market program.
Ludlum Measurements is considered a private mid-market manufacturing company that employs nearly 600 people, with all of its subsidiaries, including around 400 people locally. Truitt started working for Ludlum in 2007 when the company employed 250 people.
â€śOver the past five years working with the Chamber, I have had the opportunity to speak directly with Congressmen and Senators many times on a variety of current key topics, including healthcare, immigration reform, Frank-Dodd Act and entitlements,â€ť Truitt said. â€śThrough this direct contact, it has allowed Ludlum Measurements, along with other members of the Chamber, to divert regulations that would have cost companies like Ludlum tens of thousands of dollars that are better spent on developing new products and hiring more people.â€ť
Coratolo stated that Truitt was partly responsible, as the face of Ludlum, for transforming the company from a loosely knit group of dealers that covered areas outside the U.S., Canada and Mexico, to todayâ€™s international presence in over 84 different countries. â€śAs a made-in-America manufacturer, they also supply key components into the medical, security and wind energy consumer markets, working with companies such as Fluke, Nordion, Kimberly Clark, System One and Wal-Mart,â€ť Coratolo stated.
Other things that the U.S. Chamber credits Truitt with that made him appealing as a potential board member include serving on the local Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce board of directors, testifying on behalf of the U.S. Chamber on immigration issues, leading CLAC delegations on several trips to the Hill to speak to lawmakers in regards to the 3% withholding tax and other things affecting small businesses, and faithfully attending all meetings of the CLAC since joining in 2008.
Truitt also testified before Congress immediately following 9/11 on the capabilities of the industryâ€™s commercial off-the-shelf equipment for detection of special nuclear materials and for radioactive materials that could be used in dirty bombs, according to Coratolo. Since then, he has also spoken on the issue in 11 different countries and has been involved in six of the last seven Olympic Games security measures.
Leah Andrews, interim executive director for the Sweetwater Chamber, said, "The Chamber is very honored that a past board member would take initiative and have the drive to pursue such a prestigious position.â€ť â€śWe have every confidence that he will represent Sweetwater in this area very well,â€ť she added.