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Mark Ellis has worked as a lawyer and business professional in the federal government, trade associations, and in the private sector.  Since 2004, Mr. Ellis has served as President of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA), the principal trade association representing the industrial minerals industry in North America. IMA-NA’s members include companies that mine or process industrial minerals, as well as companies that provide equipment and services to the industry.  Mr. Ellis began his career as an attorney with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, serving in both its Office of Administrative Law Judges and its Office of General Counsel. As Senior Counsel to the American Mining Congress (known today as the National Mining Association), he represented the U.S. domestic mining industry before Congress, executive departments, and the federal courts on occupational health, safety, and industrial relations issues.  He was Manager of Government and Environmental Affairs for U.S. Borax (known today as Rio Tinto Minerals), the world’s largest supplier of refined borate minerals.  He also served as Vice President and General Counsel of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest, a nonprofit legal and educational foundation.  Prior to joining IMA-NA, Mr. Ellis served as Special Assistant and senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health. Mr. Ellis is a graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and its College of Business Administration.  An avid outdoorsman, his pastimes include hunting, hiking, and cycling.  He and his family reside in Arlington, Virginia. 

 
 
Chris Greissing is the Vice President, Government Affairs of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) and the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA).  Chris brings an extensive knowledge of Capitol Hill to IMA-NA. Before coming to IMA-NA, Chris worked within the health care and food service industries lobbying and providing counsel to clients on a wide variety of federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting the industry.  Prior to that, Chris began his career by working on Capitol Hill for Congressman Fred Upton.  Chris holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA, and is admitted to the DC Bar.  Chris resides in Reston, VA with his wife Sharon and three daughters. 

 

Ariel Hill-Davis is the Director, Industry Affairs of the Industrial Minerals Association — North America (IMA-NA) and the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA). Ariel brings expertise in both manufacturing and technology industries to IMA-NA. Prior to joining IMA-NA, Ariel worked extensively on various federal legislative and regulatory issues related to the manufacturing community. In addition to her work on behalf of manufacturers, Ariel worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Michael Castle as well as on the launch of a real estate and technology company. Ariel earned her M.A. from the University of St. Andrews before moving back to the states. Ariel resides in the Columbia Heights area of Washington D.C. along with her dog Zanzibar.

 
 
Paige Huggins serves as the Financial Assistant of the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA), the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA) and the International Diatomite Producers Association (IDPA).  Paige performs routine financial duties as well as compiles the financial statements, assists with the annual budgets and prepares for the annual audits.  In addition to her role at IMA-NA, NISA and IDPA, Paige is also a bookkeeper for three other businesses.  Paige is married and resides in Mount Airy, Maryland with her husband and three dogs
 
 
 
RJ Alpers serves as the Manager of Membership Communications of the Industrial Mineral Association -- North America (IMA-NA) and the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA). RJ graduated in May, 2017 from St. John's University (MN) with degrees in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. He is currently pursuing his J.D. at George Washington University in their evening program. After spending the past two summers in DC and completing 3 successful internships, including this past summer with IMA-NA and NISA, he transitioned into a full-time position.
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