Since 2012, the American Suntanning Association has been fighting for the rights of U.S. tanning salons by slowing or stopping punitive federal and state regulations and taxes. Without ASA’s solid representation, your business would undoubtedly have additional regulations and state taxes far beyond what exists today.
Melinda Norton has spent six years as the industry’s association president, traveling to Washington, D.C. to build relationships with federal policymakers and regulators on your behalf. Melinda’s face is well known in D.C. thanks to thousands of meetings in politician’s offices, congressional hallways, lunches and fundraising functions. Melinda has been successful at opening doors with top agency officials to educate politicians and bureaucrats about our scientifically supported issues. Here is a list of just a few inroads Melinda has made on your behalf:
Melinda’s biggest concern is the potential for very damaging industry regulations that are currently in play in Washington.
ASA Executive Director
Since 2013, Joe Levy has been on more than 600 flights traveling to 43 states and Washington D.C. to promote the professional sunbed community’s scientifically supported position, defending the industry against tan bans, state taxes, mandated literal interpretation of the FDA graduated recommended exposure schedule, and other punitive regulation attempts. Joe presents a constructive approach to the market’s outreach efforts – customizing different strategies in every state based on the DNA of that state’s legislature, but always based on being scientifically accurate and elevating the perception of professional tanning facilities.
Here’s an overview of ASA’s state lobbying accomplishments so far:
Joe’s biggest concern today: Groups calling for under-21 tan bans and other punitive regulatory proposals that have become more prevalent in recent years.
Consultant, Regulatory, Legal and PR Support
Matt Russell has worked for the ASA since its inception in December of 2012. As executive director, Matt works to coordinate efforts between Melinda Norton, Joe Levy and ASA’s federal and state lobbying consultants, as well as ASA’s legal and PR teams. Over several decades, Matt has developed a historical salon database as well as important industry data that plays an important role in all ASA efforts. Matt’s 40 years of tanning industry experience is also helpful, as he works to support ASA’s frontline team members.
Matt’s biggest concern today is the continued decrease in consumer confidence due to government-driven misinformation regarding UV tanning services.
Founded in 2012, the American Suntanning Association is committed to defending and growing the industry through a detailed and proactive plan directed by an all-salon board and executed by more than two dozen management and consulting team members who specialize in this type of work.
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