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March 31 - April 3, 2025  |  Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa - Austin, TX


SISO Summit

Tommy Goodwin

Tommy Goodwin

Vice President of Government Affairs, Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA)
United States

Thomas F. (Tommy) Goodwin is Vice President for the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a newly-formed association dedicated to the advancement of the business events industry. In this role, he leads ECA’s work on behalf the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, event and meeting organizers, suppliers, venues, and destinations that comprise the global business events landscape.

Prior to joining ECA, Tommy spent more than 20 years leading a wide range of social impact, member value, public affairs, and international engagement efforts for several globally-recognized associations and corporations, including Oracle, AARP, and the Project Management Institute (PMI). Additionally, he was a research fellow at Harvard Business School focused on the international political and legal environment in which businesses and social enterprises operate.

Tommy has a B.B.A. from The George Washington University, an M.B.A. from Auburn University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Union Law from King’s College London. He also holds several certifications including a Project Management Professional from PMI, a Certified Meeting Planner from the Events Industry Council, and a Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Recognized by The Hill in its list of association "Top Lobbyists" every year since 2020, Tommy was also named a "Leading Association Lobbyist" by CEO Update/Association TRENDS in 2023. He has also been elected as a Fellow by ASAE (2022), named an "Association Innovation Leader" by DCA Live (2022), received the "Industry Support Award" from TSNN (2022), and recognized as an events industry "Changemaker" by MeetingsNet (2022).

Tommy currently serves as Vice Chair of ASAE's Executive Management Professionals Advisory Council, the leading community of association CEOs and senior executives. He is also a past president of the National Institute of Lobbying & Ethics and a past chair of ASAE’s Advocacy Council.