Consumer Energy Alliance Announces New Board of Directors

Manufacturing Executives Zemke and Vassey to Lead Consumer Energy

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Two key manufacturing executives have taken leadership positions on Consumer
Energy Alliance’s
(CEA) board of directors, the organization’s
president David Holt announced today.

Wayne Zemke, a marketing executive with Caterpillar, Inc. and
member of CEA’s Board of Directors since 2010, will serve as the new
chair of its Board of Directors. Brett Vassey, president
and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) and a member of
CEA’s board since 2013, was named vice chairperson. Zemke’s term follows
two successful years for CEA under the leadership of Jennifer Diggins,
director of public affairs for Nucor Corporation.

Zemke brings a wealth of marketing and communications expertise to CEA,
as well as experience working within the manufacturing industry. For the
past 20 years, he has worked for Caterpillar, Inc., the world’s leading
manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural
gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives.

“CEA has long benefited from Wayne’s support and counsel,” said David
Holt. “He understands how a balanced energy policy that includes all
energy from wind and solar to oil, natural gas and coal, helps American
consumers and generates numerous benefits for the economy. Wayne’s
experience working with Caterpillar brings a critical perspective to the
CEA board, and we look forward to utilizing his expertise to advance the
interests of energy consumers.”

“Since the U.S. shale energy revolution, we’ve seen firsthand the
critical relationship between energy and manufacturing and how both have
helped to bolster America’s strong global economic position,” said
Zemke. “I am pleased to lead this tremendous organization and look
forward to helping CEA advance sound energy policies that will boost new
investment and economic activity for all American consumers.”

CEA’s new vice chairperson, Brett Vassey, represents Virginia’s
estimated 6,000 manufacturing facilities employing over 230,000
Virginians as the VMA’s president & CEO.

“It is an honor to help lead an organization that has long valued the
contributions that domestic energy production has had for our nation’s
consumers,” said Vassey. “Since sustainable economic growth in
manufacturing is contingent upon reliable and affordable energy, I look
forward to helping CEA to advocate for expanded access to responsible
energy production – including areas off the coast of the Atlantic – as a
means to grow our economy, lower energy prices and improve energy
security and reliability.”

In addition to Zemke and Vassey, CEA also named Brain Welch,
managing director at Wortham Insurance & Risk Management in Houston, as
treasurer of CEA. CEA’s board members also include John Heimlich,
vice president and chief economist for Airlines for America; Mark
, solution partner with Sabre Airline Solutions; John
, vice president of government relations for the National
Association of Convenience Stores (NACS); and immediate past chair, Jennifer
, Director of Public Affairs at Nucor.

CEA, formed in 2006 to tell the story of the energy consumer, is made up
of over 260 member companies and over 400,000 citizens who support
boosting an “all-of-the-above” energy policy.

About Consumer Energy Alliance

Energy Alliance
(CEA) brings together consumers, producers and
manufacturers to engage in a meaningful dialogue about America’s energy
future. With more than 400,000 members nationwide, our mission is to
help ensure stable prices for consumers and energy security. We believe
energy development is something that touches everyone in our nation, and
thus it is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the
conversation about how we develop and diversify our energy resources and
energy’s importance to the economy. CEA promotes a thoughtful dialogue
to help produce our abundant energy supply, and balance our energy needs
with our nation’s environmental and conservation goals. Learn more at


Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA)
Shawn Martini, 303-895-5070