As president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, Tom Dobbins, CAE serves as the chief advocate for the full aluminum value chain in the United States, which supports nearly 700,000 American workers. The association’s more than 120 members produce the vast majority of the aluminum and aluminum products shipped in North America.
Prior to joining the Aluminum Association in 2020, Dobbins served as the president & CEO of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the largest trade association in the world representing composites manufacturers and their suppliers. There, he prioritized market growth and development for the composites industry — leading effective government affairs, communications, events and education programs. During his tenure, the ACMA revamped its annual trade show, more than doubling its size; worked with Congress to include provisions on composites in the last eight major infrastructure bills signed into law; spearheaded a program to bring composites manufacturers to private events with automotive and aviation OEMs; and worked with the Department of Energy to launch an advanced manufacturing institute for composites.
Dobbins is a recent member of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) Board of Directors, past chair of the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) Public Policy Committee and a past co-chair of ASAE’s Lobby Task Force.
Before joining ACMA, he worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he created a comprehensive outreach and education program for small businesses for which the agency won an award from the Small Business Administration. Dobbins brings a wealth of experience from his time at one of Washinton, D.C.'s top lobbying firms and as a staffer on Capitol Hill.
His wife, Rebecca, serves as director of global affairs at the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.