48. Lance Hastings
Lance Hastings is the president of the venerable California Manufacturers & Technology Association, and he and his staff scored some major victories this year. He successfully fought for an additional $150 million in funding this year for Career Technical Incentive grants, a key CMTA-backed effort, and sought $50 million more for the state’s Employment Training Panel to “skill up” manufacturing workers. The CMTA, a century-old group representing some 400 major businesses, advocates for tax relief on production equipment purchases, an increased commitment to career technical education, and opposes shifting health care costs to employers. Hastings, a Sacramento State grad, also is an instructor in the university’s “Exploring Careers in Manufacturing Academy.” Before he went to CMTA, Hastings was a vice president for national affairs for MillerCoors and he worked in the U.K. for SABMiller.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021