Pennsylvania’s Brian Stein Named Advocate of the Year

June 23, 2014

pic-advocate-awardFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2014

Molly Brogan Day

Washington, D.C. — The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today announced Brian Stein of S&S Intersource, a refractory business serving the steel industry in Mars, Pa. as the overall winner of the 2014 Lewis Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. Stein was recognized today in Washington, D.C. for his exemplary work in advocating for America’s small businesses.

“Brian is the epitome of a small-business advocate,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “He has spent countless hours lobbying on issues that are far outside the scope of his own business—and he does it all with one single goal: to improve small business in America today and for the future.”

As chairman elect of SMC Business Councils in Pennsylvania, Stein has been actively involved in a host if initiatives, including as Chair of SMC’s Tax Working Group. He has testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and regularly attends lobbying days on behalf of SMC and NSBA in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C. Stein maintains relationships with his elected officials and has been outspoken on the need for broad tax reform such as the Fair Tax.

In addition to his lobbying efforts, Stein has spoken out in the media about the need for a level playing field for small firms and was had an editorial published by the Washington Post discussing the need to ease complexity of the U.S. tax code.

“Stein has taken extraordinary and forward-thinking steps beyond what we typically think of as advocacy and has lobbied for policies to attract larger firms to Pennsylvania in efforts to enhance business opportunities for small firms,” stated NSBA Chair Jeff Van Winkle of Clark Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alongside Stein, NSBA also recognized the following outstanding small-business leaders: Keith Ashmus of the law firm Frantz Ward in Cleveland, Ohio; Alison Brown of high-tech firm NAVSYS Corp in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Denise Burgess of Burgess Services, an engineering and construction business in Denver, Colo.; and Michael Janeway of engineering services firm APG Technologies in Potomac Falls, Va.

Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S., and we are proud to be the nation’s first small-business advocacy organization. Please visit or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.