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NCPA appoints senior government affairs executive
July 23rd, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Washington veteran Steve Pfister has been named senior vice president of government affairs for the National Community Pharmacists Association.
NCPA said Tuesday that in the role, Pfister will lead the association's advocacy to federal and state policymakers on behalf of independent pharmacies and their patients.
"I'm pleased to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of community pharmacies across the nation," Pfister said in a statement. "NCPA has a vibrant and committed membership and strong grassroots capabilities which will serve us well as we tackle critical issues facing the industry."
Pfister joins NCPA from Total Spectrum, a public affairs firm where he was a partner. Previously, he was senior vice president of government relations at the National Retail Federation (NRF) for 12 years.
"NCPA's calling card is effective advocacy on behalf of the tremendous service and value that independent community pharmacies provide to patients and health plan sponsors," stated NCPA chief executive officer B. Douglas Hoey. "Steve brings a wealth of experience and wisdom that will help take NCPA's advocacy to the next level. He has successfully represented retail small businesses for years, and that experience will translate effectively to his work here on behalf of community pharmacies."
At NRF, Pfister directed legislative, regulatory, political and grassroots activities. He also served as a member of the executive staff and was the primary legislative and political liaison to NRF board.
Overall, he served at NRF for 24 years, playing a key role in pivotal legislative and regulatory issues facing the retail industry and business over the past two decades, including taxes, health and benefits, banking/credit and labor management relations.
Pfister also served as a Republican floor assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for five years.