Trade association Association Trends is out with their 2013 Leading Association Lobbyists list. On this prestigious list, which includes the Executive Vice President of the National Restaurant Association and the Senior Vice President of the National Retail Federation, is Florida’s own Jack Cory.
Since 2006 Cory has represented the Florida Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. As a result of his leadership, the alliance has been able to secure $23 million for its youth members statewide – half to assist clubs with keeping kids out of the juvenile justice system. Under his guidance, the alliance created an award-winning grass-roots campaign that gets clubs involved with their legislators, with the ultimate goal of getting appropriations. The number of clubs actively working with legislators has grown from four a few years ago to 34 of the 43 member organizations last year. The direct result of the 2012-13 grass roots campaign was $9 million in appropriations.
In his words: “Advocating for an association is very different than other forms of lobbying. I report to my president, executive director and board, but I work for every member of the association. Many associations do not have big campaign contribution funds, so we customize and professionally coordinate a grassroots program for our association clients. A strong grassroots program is essential for the success of an association’s governmental affairs program. A good association lobbyist should provide data and factual information in a concise manner to public officials as well as to the members of the association. This will increase the value of being a member of the association.”