Industrial Minerals Association boosts staff

By |  August 16, 2021
Wayne Palmer


Matthew Dermody


Wayne Palmer and Matthew Dermody joined the Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA) in senior government affairs positions.

Palmer will lead federal affairs advocacy efforts for IMA before Congress and the Biden administration as senior advisor of federal Affairs. Palmer joins IMA from the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), where he served for three years as the principal deputy assistant secretary. Prior to his tenure at MSHA, Palmer held government and corporate affairs positions at a pharmaceutical company, and he was chief of staff to Senate Republican Conference chairman Rick Santorum. In addition to leading IMA advocacy efforts, Palmer will provide support to the IMA Safety & Health Committee.

Dermody, meanwhile, joins IMA as director of government affairs. Dermody joins IMA following three years at the Department of Interior (DOI), which he served as senior advisor to the director of the Bureau of Land Management and advisor to the secretary. Prior to DOI, Dermody held public and private sector roles with a focus on environmental- and natural resources-related issues. Dermody will lead the IMA Environmental Affairs Committee, as well.

“I am very excited that we had the opportunity to bring two individuals of such great character and experience onto the IMA team as Wayne and Matt,” says Chris Greissing president of IMA. “With their additions, the IMA is well-positioned to provide expert support in all areas of concern to our member companies on issues before the federal government. I am confident these additions make the IMA as strong as it has ever been, and that we will be able to continue to grow as an organization and provide the membership with superior value.”

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