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NMMA hires staffer from former Sen. Bob Corker’s office

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said today that former U.S. Sen. Bob Corker staffer Lee Gatts joined the organization as a policy and engagement manager. Gatts will focus on the Southeast.

“Lee brings a breadth of government relations experience, and coupled with his time working in Sen. Corker's office and his broader political acumen, he will play a key role as we deepen our footprint and increase our state-level presence in the region,” Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA

senior vice president of government relations and legal affairs, said in NMMA’s Currents e-newsletter.

Gatts will support NMMA's advocacy and grassroots activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Gatts was field director for Corker, working with state and local elected officials, business leaders and constituents in middle Tennessee. Gatts also served as the grassroots director for Tennesseans for Student Success, an education non-profit based in Nashville.

Gatts earned master's and undergraduate degrees at Tennessee Technological University, where he was awarded the "Derryberry Award," given to one graduating senior each year. In 2015, Gatts was recognized by Gov. Bill Haslam and awarded the Colonel Aide de Camp designation for “outstanding achievement by a Tennessee citizen.”


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