Following two terms as the head of the American League of Lobbyists (ALL), Howard Marlowe has passed the trade group's gavel to the president of Advanced Capitol Consulting.
The group's members, gathering at the Capital Hilton in Washington Tuesday for ALL's annual meeting, unanimously approved Monte Ward for a one-year term as their next leader. Ward, who previously served as the organization's first vice president, will officially begin his term in January.
"I got to tell you I'm truly honored to be here as the next president of the American League of Lobbyists," Ward said during the meeting. "I know I have some big shoes to fill."
ALL officially formed as a nonprofit organization in 1980 after a small group of Washington lobbyists began to meet monthly for lunch. The group has since evolved into the lobbying industry's main trade group, advocating for the needs of lobbyists, and holding seminars, public policy discussions, ethics training and other activities throughout the year for them.
During his presidency, Marlowe, who also is president of Marlowe & Co., has worked on expanding the group’s membership and programming. He also released a lobbying reform proposal that includes a list of tougher lobbying rules that ALL is pushing Congress to take up.
"When I look at where we have been and where we are today, I think we've gone a long way," Ward said. "But I'm very excited about the future and where we're going. And I think armed with our strategic plan and all of your help, I think we can accomplish the goals that we've set out for at ALL."
Marlowe, who will remain on the group's board for another year as past president, said he "look[s] forward" to Ward's presidency.
"You will do very well," Marlowe said.