The Virginia Manufacturers Association Political Action Committee (VMAPAC) and Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA) awarded this year's VMAPAC Industrial Strength Leadership Award to the Honorable Rich Anderson, The Honorable David Bulova, The Honorable Tag Greason, The Honorable Bryce Reeves, and The Honorable Roxann Robinson. Delegate David Bulova received his award during a special recognition ceremony at the Virginia Industry Forum in Newport News.
The VMA Industrial Strength Leadership Award was created in 2003 to recognize Virginia Delegates and Senators who demonstrate exceptional support for a pro-manufacturing agenda by virtue of their most recent legislative session voting record. The Award is not a blanket endorsement of any candidate or political party; rather, it is an honored designation for a legislator at a specific point in time for all manufacturers and allies to recognize.
All members of the Virginia House and Senate are considered.
Distinction is given to members of the legislature that carry a VMA Priority Bill. Further distinction is given to members of the legislature who successfully carry VMA Priority Bills. Adjustments are also made for those selected members that may be sponsors of VMA Defensive Priority Bills. The Delegates and Senators receiving the highest combined Vote Score earn the award.
Winners are presented with a distinctive award bearing the award icon, an image of Hermes, the Greek god of commerce. Hermes was chosen as the award icon because his duties included the making of treaties, promotion of commerce, and maintenance of free rights-of-way for travelers. He was believed to be responsible for both good luck and wealth. Finally, his distinguishing qualities were cunning, ingenuity, knowledge and creativity. These are all factors representative of industrial strength leadership.