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Linda Bauer Darr   Linda Bauer Darr
President and CEO


Linda Bauer Darr is President and CEO of AMSA, and serves as Executive Director of the Moving & Storage Institute, and publisher of Direction magazine.

Linda was chosen to lead AMSA in April of 2007. She has almost 20 years of experience in transportation policy, association management and government relations. Her experience includes senior positions with the American Trucking Associations and the American Bus Association, as well as serving during the Clinton administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs, she oversaw the development of a $60 billion annual budget for the department and interacted regularly with senior officials in the administration and at the White House and with members of Congress and their staffs on a wide range of transportation policy issues.

Linda serves on the Board of the American Highway Users Alliance, the Eno Transportation Foundation’s Advisory Board, the Industry Advisory Panel of the Employee Relocation Council, and was appointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 Top Association Executives. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Maryland and resides in Alexandria, Va. with her three children.

 
Paul Oakley  

Paul Oakley
Executive Vice President

Paul Oakley leads AMSA’s policy development program. He also directs the association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts formulating and executing strategic advocacy action plans to achieve AMSA’s key public policy objectives. AMSA’s political action committee (AMPAC) is also managed by Paul.

Prior to joining AMSA in 2007, Paul was senior director of the Energy Future Coalition at the United National Foundation focusing on building coalitions supporting progressive energy policies. He also organized and served as executive director of the Coalition for Affordable and Reliable Energy (CARE). From 1984 until 2000, Paul was executive director of government affairs for the Association of American Railroads (AAR) representing America’s large freight railroads. While at AAR he incorporated Operation Lifesaver, Inc., a non-profit transportation safety education group. Between 1978 and 1984, Paul was the chief federal lobbyist for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and director of Kentucky's Washington, DC Office. He is a graduate of Harvard University, with a degree in government.

 
Scott Michael  

Scott Michael
Vice President, Military & Government Affairs
Advisor to the President

Scott Michael serves as liaison to the Department of Defense, GSA, and other government customers of the moving and storage industry. He was previously AMSA’s Vice President for Membership and has held other positions with AMSA and the American Movers Conference over the past two decades. Scott also serves as a vice president of the National Defense Transportation Association, an organization of transportation providers which works in support of the military. He lives in Alexandria, Va. with his wife and three daughters.

 
Sabrina Waiss  

Sabrina Waiss
Vice President of Marketing

As director of the Moving & Storage Institute (MSI), AMSA’s philanthropic and research arm, Sabrina Waiss is responsible for working with the MSI board to set the long-term strategy and fundraising goals, increase visibility, and advance a research agenda to support industry image and advocacy efforts. She also manages the Institute’s annual scholarship program and Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service. In addition, Sabrina serves as liaison to AMSA’s state association members with the goal of strengthening working relationships with the states and developing resources that assist the states and their constituencies. She also manages AMSA’s Member Discount program, offering savings on products and services they need to operate their business.

Sabrina came to AMSA from Goodwill Industries International where she served Director of Marketing. She managed the organization’s corporate and cause-marketing partnerships, implemented national branding strategy and developed and disseminated marketing tools and resources to Goodwill members throughout North America.  Prior to joining Goodwill, Sabrina was Executive Director of a Washington, DC nonprofit and spent several years honing her donor development and management skills in the nonprofit sector.

 
Brian Wright  

Brian Wright
Vice President, Finance & Admnistration

Having worked for two separate Massachusetts moving companies during the 1990s, he has been involved in all facets of the industry. Brian started off as a helper while in college, and then worked as a crew chief, warehouse manager, inside salesperson and finally as the chief financial officer. His experience includes working for Olympia Moving & Storage and Gentle Giant.

He earned his MBA from Boston College and his BS from Northeastern University. Brian currently lives with his wife and two children in Woodbridge, Va.