Team Member Snapshot: Tyler Craddock, Vice President of Government Affairs

Tyler

Tyler Craddock | Vice President of Government Affairs
Tyler Craddock, OMG’s vice president of government affairs, serves as director of Legislative Strategies Group, a division of OMG, and brings with him nearly 20 years of local- and state-level legislative and lobbying experience in issues impacting regulation and governance of business and trade associations. He has held positions in the government, education, business and nonprofit sectors. Before joining OMG, he was executive director of the Virginia Manufactured and Modular Housing Association, the trade association representing the state’s factory-built housing industry, and previously served as director of public and government affairs for the Home Building Association of Richmond. Tyler also served as director of government affairs for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and was the legislative aide to former Del. Allen W. Dudley (R.-9th District). A graduate of Virginia Tech (go, Hokies!) with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, his professional and community memberships include the Virginia Society of Association Executives, Chesterfield County Community Services Board, Task Force for the Revitalization of South Richmond , L.C. Bird Robohawks Team 346 Boosters (treasurer) and Bermuda Hundred United Methodist Church (trustees chair and Sunday school teacher). He also serves on the adjunct faculty of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

Years in association management: 13

Hometown: Henry County, Virginia; currently reside in Chesterfield County, Virginia

I was attracted to association management because: I wanted to work in government affairs.

The best thing about my work is: Helping those I represent achieve their goals.

My best piece of lobbying advice for associations is: Never overlook opportunities to create value for your membership, and never, ever overlook a potential threat.

Best advice I ever got: Sometimes, you have to let the game come to you.

One thing people don’t realize about government affairs is: Because of the way politics and politicians are sometimes portrayed in the media, it is easy to forget that most elected officials are very good people with sincere beliefs who are trying to do what they believe is the right thing.

I’m proud of my ability to: Analyze policy issues to assess their impact on those I represent.

If I weren’t into government affairs, I’d try my hand at: Teaching full time.

People would be surprised to learn that I: Am a huge sci-fi fan, especially “Doctor Who,” “Star Wars” and the original “Star Trek” series as well as “schlocky” TV (e.g., Sasquatch, aliens, ghosts, etc.).

Hobbies: I love sports, especially hockey (New Jersey Devils), football (Dallas Cowboys) and baseball (LA Dodgers) and, of course, I am a big fan of Virginia Tech sports.