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Manufacturers announce new leader to take Association into the future

MillerCoors executive Lance Hastings hired as new CMTA leader, Dorothy Rothrock retiring

 Oct. 24, 2018 
Sacramento, CA -- The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced Lance Hastings today as the Association's new President, effective November 12, 2018.

"CMTA's Board of Directors found the right person to lead the Association into the future, and I am so pleased I will be leaving CMTA in good hands," said CMTA's retiring president, Dorothy Rothrock. "Lance is an outstanding selection, with a long record of success on the manufacturing operations side with MillerCoors and on the advocacy side as a trade association lobbyist."

The Association's Board Chair, Melissa Ameluxen of Anheuser Busch, lauded Hastings as "the perfect choice at the perfect time for CMTA." She went on to say, "So many legislative and regulatory issues are important to manufacturers in California. Lance's deep understanding of manufacturing challenges coupled with his leadership credentials make him the perfect fit for the Association's work into the future."

Hastings has held several leadership roles at MillerCoors the past 15 years. He served most recently as Vice President of National Affairs for MillerCoors. Prior to that he served as Head of Regulatory & Tax Affairs for SABMiller. He also represented Miller Brewing Company and MillerCoors in Sacramento as Director of State Government Affairs, where he served on CMTA's Board of Directors.

Before his long career as a manufacturing executive Hastings was the Vice President and Director of Government Relations from 1998 to 2003 at the California Grocers Association.

Hastings also served in the California State Legislature for almost a decade as a chief consultant, starting in 1989.

"I am excited to get started with the outstanding staff and leadership at CMTA to share the manufacturing message on behalf of the state's innovative companies and their 1.3 million talented workers," said Hastings. "Dorothy is leaving behind a tradition of principled and effective engagement with policymakers that I intend to continue. I am honored to be taking the reins from her capable hands."

Hastings has a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Minor in Government from California State University at Sacramento.

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