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AIF Lobby Team

AIF lobbyists, representing centuries of accumulated experience in politics and government, spent more than 10,000 hours in the Capitol during the 2016 Legislative Session advocating for your business interests.
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Officers

Tom C. Feeney

President & CEO - Before joining AIF in 2011 as the President & CEO, Tom represented the 24th Congressional District of Florida for 6 years. He served in the Florida House of Representatives for 10 years, during which he was elected Speaker of the Florida House. In 1994, he was former Governor Jeb Bush’s running mate in his first race for governor.  In addition to public office, Tom has also maintained a successful private law practice.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of several statewide organizations.  Tom has a BA in Political Science from Penn State University and JD from the University of Pittsburgh.

tfeeney@aif.com

Brewster B. Bevis

Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs - As the Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs, Brewster coordinates AIF’s lobbying team and all research and advocacy efforts in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining AIF, he served as Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Builders & Contractors, was a former Presidential Appointee during the George W. Bush administration, and worked in Congress. Brewster received his BS in International Affairs from Florida State University.

bbevis@aif.com

Consultants

Slater Bayliss
Partner in The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners and with over 13 years of legislative and campaign experience, Slater formerly served as the Director of Corporate Relations for the Office of Tourism, Trade & Economic Development, personal assistant and liaison to Governor Jeb Bush, and as Finance Director for House Speaker Daniel Webster. Slater received his BS in Political Science and Communications from the University of Iowa and a MBA of Applied American Policy and Politics from Florida State University.

Ron Book
Ronald L. Book is a specialist in government affairs and administration law, with a Juris Doctoral degree from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida International University. An active participant in South Florida’s professional arena, Book is a trustee of the Council of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Legislative Affairs and State Affairs committees. In addition to serving more than 20 community organizations, Ron is a founding member of Lauren’s Kids. Mr. Book currently operates his own lobbying practice in Aventura and Tallahassee.

Sarah Busk
Director with The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners and with more than eight years of experience in legislative and political affairs, Sarah served as a Special Events Representative on the Inaugural Committee for Governor Charlie Crist and as former Deputy Finance Director for Senate President Tom Lee’s statewide campaign for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science.

Al Cardenas, Esq.
As Senior Partner in The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, Al oversees the Governmental Affairs Practice in the Miami, Tallahassee and Washington, DC offices. He has over 33 years legislative experience, has served two terms as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and was twice-named one of Washington, DC’s top lobbyists. He currently represents some of Florida’s largest corporate and governmental entities before the Florida Legislature. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Jorge Chamizo
An attorney and governmental consultant with Floridian Partners, Jorge represents a variety of clients before the Florida Legislature. He served in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Florida Public Service Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and several other state regulatory agencies . Jorge was also the Chief Advisor to the Chairman of the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC), the state agency which regulates Florida's utilities. He graduated with honors from the Florida State University College of Law and received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Miami.

Chris Chaney
Director at The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, Chris previously served as Legislative Affairs Director at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).  In that role, Chrisy was AHCA’s chief lobbyist on all policy and appropriations issues before the legislature, including the licensure and regulation of all health care facilities in Florida, as well as operation of Florida’s Medicaid program. During his work AHCA, Chris also served the as Acting Chief of Staff to the Secretary, where he oversaw all legislative, communications, and external affairs. 

Chuck Cliburn
Founder and president of New Capitol IT, a governmental and business consulting firm specializing in the information technology industry, Chuck has spent over two decades in the information technology industry and held several executive-level positions in Florida.  He is an expert in governmental procurement and IT business strategy and a trusted advisor to some of Florida’s most well-known and respected business and service organizations.  He received his BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi and his MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.

Jon Costello
A Governmental Consultant with Rutledge Ecenia, Jon has more than 10 years of experience working on local, state and federal government issues. He is the former Legislative Affairs Director and Policy Advisor to Governor Rick Scott, and Senior Policy Advisor on the Rick Scott for Governor Campaign team/Scott transition team.  He currently serves on the Governing Board of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and as an Adjunct Professor of Political Communication at Florida State University. Jon received his BS in Political Science and a MS in American Politics and Policy from Florida State University.

Carlos Cruz
With extensive policy communications and public relations experience, Carlos was a legislative assistant for the President Pro-tempore of The Florida Senate in 1989 and was a member of Agriculture Commissioner Conner’s executive staff.  He worked for various law firms creating and managing their state governmental and policy communications practice teams.  In 1995, Carlos began his governmental relations company and has earned a reputation of being an informed advocate that creates consistent solutions for his strong client base. Carlos is an accomplished speaker and is frequently invited to educate executives and future policy makers on the process of government relations and policy communications.  He received his BS in Public Administration from Florida International University, where he was a founding member of the Florida Nu Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and earned a JD from the Florida State University College of Law.

R. Justin Day
Director of The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners, Justin has over 10 years of experience in the political and governmental fields.  He has worked in senior finance roles on various campaigns in Florida including campaigns for U.S. Senate, Governor, Attorney General and various local campaigns. He is a former aide to Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Director of Cabinet Affairs at the Florida Democratic Party. Justin graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and a Master’s Degree in Applied American Politics and Policy.

Charles F. Dudley
Managing partner of Floridian Partners, Charlie represents clients on matters related to business and professional regulation, education, pare-mutuels, taxation, health care, financial services, employment, environment, elections, communications and utilities, and information technology. He has over 22 years of legal and legislative experience, and is an honors graduate of Florida State College of Law, where he earned the distinction as a member of the law school's Moot Court team.  Charlie is also co-author of The Law of Florida's Homeowners Associations.

Leslie Dughi
Director of Greenberg Traurig’s Tallahassee Governmental Affairs practice, Leslie’s state legislative practice spans over 24 years representing health and life insurers, investor-owned health care facilities, and assisted living facilities. Leslie formerly served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and is well-versed in grassroots and campaign development techniques having previously served as AIF’s Chief Political Officer.

Cory Guzzo
Governmental Affairs consultant with Floridian Partners, Cory specializes in insurance, energy, utilities, financial services, agriculture, and general business issues.   He has managed and overseen many political campaigns throughout the state, and served as the Chief Legislative Aide for Representative Seth McKeel and later, Representative Doug Holder.  Cory served in high-level roles with the Republican Party during the 2012 and 2014 cycles, and most recently served as political liaison of House Campaigns under Speaker Steve Crisafulli. He is an honors graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Political Science.

Rob Johnson
Rob served as the Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs in the Florida Attorney General’s Office since 2007. He began his time there under Attorney General Bill McCollum, and stayed on after Bondi was elected in 2010. Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Johnson served as Gov. Jeb Bush’s deputy director of Cabinet affairs. He was also extensively involved in the 2003 workers’ compensation overhaul during his time working as legislative advisor to the state’s first Chief Financial Officer.

Ashley Kalifeh
Attorney and lobbyist with Capital City Consulting, Ashley concentrates largely on insurance and business issues before the Florida Legislature. Prior to Capital City Consulting, she as the Legislative Affairs Director for CFO Jeff Atwater overseeing his Legislative, Cabinet, and Policy Offices. While at the Department of Financial Services, she led a team responsible for the successful passage of reforms to the laws governing insurance agents, agencies, and adjusters; insurer insolvency proceedings; state contracting; fire prevention and safety; unclaimed property distribution; and several workers’ compensation system reforms. Ashley is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Florida State University’s College of Law.

Frank Mayernick
As the former legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Frank has over a decade of experience in and around the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Prior to his tenure at the DJJ, he served under the Speaker’s Legislative Fellowship Program working in the House Rules Committee. Additionally, he served as an aide for Senator Charlie Clary (R-Destin) and Representative Jerry Melvin (R-Fort Walton Beach). A member of The Florida Bar, Frank received his JD from Florida State University College of Law and his BS in Political Science from Florida State University.

Tracy Hogan Mayernick
With nearly a decade of political strategy experience, Tracy is responsible for developing, coordinating and advocating for the Mayernick Group’s client’s legislative needs. Tracy boasts an extensive background in appropriations work, as well as public policy issues related to health care, telecommunications, the environment, agriculture, economic development, transportation and criminal justice. Prior to joining the firm, she ran numerous political grassroots programs in support of legislative candidates statewide. Tracy received her BS from Florida State University.

Jerry Paul
Jerry, a nuclear engineer and attorney, formerly served as the elected representative of Florida’s 71st district in the Florida House of Representatives where he served as Deputy Majority Whip, chaired the House Subcommittee on Environment Regulation and chaired the House Subcommittee on Environmental Appropriations. Additionally, he served on the committees of Energy, Appropriations, Business Regulation, Natural Resources and Public Security. His primary areas of policy focus have been energy, environment, national security and homeland security. He is well-recognized both in Florida and Washington as a leading voice on energy policy and government’s role in energy transformation. Jerry also serves as the Distinguished Energy Fellow on faculty at the University of Tennessee, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy.

Sean Pittman
Attorney & CEO of Pittman Law Group P.L., Sean has been labeled by Florida Trend Magazine as the “one to look for” in the new wave of politics in Florida and has been heavily involved in State government over 15 years. Sean commenced his career as a Staff Attorney and Assistant to the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), serving as an advocate and policy maker on behalf of the department. He has been a well-respected and recognized legal expert in the legislative process for years and has served on the Miami Herald Legislative Ranking Committee, the City of Tallahassee’s Charter Review Committee, and was appointed to Governor-Elect Charlie Crist’s Transition Team in 2006.  Sean received both his BS and JD from Florida State University.

Teye Reeves
Governmental affairs consultant and attorney with Floridian Partners, Teye specializes in insurance, tort reform, taxation, health care, financial services, and employment issues. Teye represents clients before the Florida Legislature, Cabinet, and agencies, as well as before local governmental entities. During the course of her career, Teye has spearheaded statewide public relations, communications and grassroots campaigns to bring awareness to certain issues. Her diverse professional experience and in-depth understanding of issues allows her to successfully advocate on behalf of a wide spectrum of client interests. Teye received a BS in Advertising from The University of Florida and JD from Texas Tech School of Law.

Stephen W. Shiver
Partner with The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners and with over 13 years legislative and campaign experience, Stephen is the former aide to House Speaker Tom Feeney and Majority Office Liaison to House Majority Leader Mike Fasano.  He served as Executive Director of Political Affairs for the Republican Party of Florida, and has represented some of Florida’s largest corporate and governmental agencies before the Florida Legislature. Stephen is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Business and English.

Jim Spratt
Owner of Magnolia Strategies, a governmental and campaign consulting firm, Jim has 15 years of policy, legislative and campaign experience. He formerly worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Agriculture Water Policy and as Environmental Policy and served as the Government Affairs Director for the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association. During his career, Jim has spearheaded the development of political grassroots campaigns for his clients in a range of areas including: appropriations, agricultural, water and environmental policy; sales and use tax; property rights, and transportation issues. Jim received his Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Florida.

Jon Steverson
A Director of Public Affairs with Foley & Lardner LLP, Jon most recently served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Prior to his tenure at the Department, Jon was the Executive Director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District and also worked in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget, spanning two administrations. A member of the Florida Bar and trained litigator, Jon has extensive experience in the areas of water policy, growth and environmental protection and planning in both the public and private sectors. Jon is proud to be a fifth generation northwest Florida native and resides in Tallahassee with his wife and two young sons.

Gerald Wester
Founding member of Capital City Consulting, Gerald is widely held as the foremost expert in insurance, healthcare and financial services issues in the state of Florida.  For over 35 years, government leaders have relied on Gerald’s knowledge and experience to navigate the extremely complicated and diverse regulation of the Florida insurance industry. His clients are among the largest insurers and the most politically powerful business and insurance associations in Florida and nationally.  Their long standing relationships with Gerald are a testament to his extensive knowledge and leadership in the political arena. Gerald graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Accounting and a MBA in Public Administration.