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Meet IMA’s Government Affairs Team:

The American Society of Association Executives has honored IMA’s Government Affairs Team for its innovative and effective government relations programs. IMA’s multi-member government affairs team brings nearly a century of cumulative experience advocating solely for Illinois manufacturers. They are widely respected by the state’s business and labor organizations for their efforts in working with organizations and elected officials.


Mark Denzler, Vice President & COO

From 2003-2006, Mark oversaw government affairs in Illinois for State Farm Insurance, a Fortune 50 company headquartered in Bloomington. He focused on a number of issues including insurance, education, taxes and fees, and auto safety legislation. Prior to joining State Farm, Mark worked at the IMA as director of government affairs from 1999-2003 where he concentrated on tax, environmental and educational issues. For more than six years, Mark worked as a legislative analyst for the House Republican Leader. He staffed the education and transportation committees including serving as liaison to Governor Edgar’s Eikenberry Commission on education funding. In addition, Mark worked on a number of elections across Illinois while an employee of the House Republican Campaign Committee. Mark also spent a brief time on the Washington D.C. staff of Congressman Tom Ewing.


Jerry Peck, Associate Director of Government Affairs & Membership

Before joining the IMA in 2012 Jerry Peck worked as a contractual lobbyist with the firm Brady And Peck LLC.  His clients included IMA members ExxonMobil, Nucor Steel, Sanofi US and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.  He also represented the Illinois Insurance Association.  Before starting his work in government affairs Peck spent 15 years as a journalist working in TV news.  He won an Emmy award for his work and was nominated a total of 5 times.  He was embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan, spent time in Cuba documenting life in the communist nation and spent over 5 years as part of a hard hitting investigative unit. After college he spent a short time at ToolRite Industries in Batavia as a machinist and helped to produce parts for an assembly line that manufactured kitchen fire extinguishers.


Jim Nelson, Vice President of External Affairs

Jim Nelson is Vice President of External Affairs for the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association.  He  is responsible for the IMA Education Foundation and the association’s education policy initiatives.  In addition, Jim is responsible for Special Projects for the IMA and has coordinated activities for the Small Manufacturers Council and the Young Leaders Council. Previous to joining the IMA in 2003, Jim served as a Legislative Liaison in various Illinois administrative agencies serving three Illinois governors over a 25 year span.  In that role, he helped shape and coordinate policy for Illinois’ Corrections, Riverboat Gambling and Employment Security agencies.  Jim is a currently licensed private pilot and recently retired as a NCAA and Illinois High School soccer official.