Manufacturer & Business Association Promotes Two


The Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) recently announced the promotions of two staff members:

Lori Joint has been appointed director of Government Affairs. In this role, she will be responsible for developing the Association’s legislative priorities and strategies; working with area legislators; planning political debates and forums; facilitating communications and outreach; encouraging membership grassroots activities; and lobbying on behalf of a pro-growth, pro-business agenda at the local, state and federal levels for the Association’s more than 4,700 member companies.

Joint has been employed at the MBA for the past 16 years, most recently as the account executive for the Business Magazine, the monthly member publication of the Association.

She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Erie and a 1991 graduate of Gannon University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She attended Buffalo State College from 2006 to 2008 while working toward a master’s degree.

Patty Welther is replacing Joint as account executive for the Business Magazine. In this position, Welther will be responsible for advertising sales and marketing of the magazine. She has been employed at the Association for the past four years as a membership development specialist and territory manager for the Employers’ Energy Alliance of Pennsylvania, Inc., the Association’s low-cost energy program.

Welther previously worked in the telecommunications industry for eight years and is a two-time recipient of the President’s Award for Sales and Account Retention. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Edinboro University.