Curt Rich has been named President and CEO of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), where he will be responsible for charting the strategic direction of the organization as it leverages the significant role of insulation in achieving energy efficiency.
Curt was most recently Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), responsible for directing government affairs objectives for UTC's building and industrial systems businesses. He will assume the leadership role at NAIMA effective July 1.
"Curt has more than twenty years of demonstrated success in the energy policy arena and has been a leader in ongoing efforts to advance energy efficiency policies through Congress and the Administration," said Fred Stephan, chairman of the NAIMA Board and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Insulation Systems at Johns Manville. "His leadership abilities will be invaluable in guiding NAIMA's future as it expands work within the energy efficiency policy front through efforts such as collaborating with allied trade organizations and others to encourage the development and enforcement of strong building codes that promote energy efficiency, lower greenhouse gas emissions and reduce energy costs."
Prior to joining UTC, Curt was a partner at the Washington, D.C. based law and policy firm of Van Ness Feldman where he represented companies, trade associations and local governments before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to tax policy, energy, the environment and natural resources. He also served as legislative counsel to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and served as legislative counsel to U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where he advised the senator on a wide range of policy issues, including energy, natural resources, environment and economic development.
Curt holds a bachelor's degree in history from Whitman College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Montana.
NAIMA is the association for North American manufacturers of fiberglass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products and is an authoritative resource on energy-efficiency, sustainable performance, and the application and safety of these insulation products.