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“4th Floor Files” talks to Ballard Partners’ Amy Young about advocating for women’s health, Bill Cotterell, and Jim King

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The latest installment of the 4th Floor Files features Ballard Partners’ Amy Young. Her clients include the City of Boca Raton, Honda North America, and the New York Yankees. Here’s the file on Amy.

Significant other?

My husband, Ricardo…. A Cuban born Irish guy who is the funniest, kindest, person I have ever known!! 

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

It is not what I “do”…….it is what I am. I am an advocate for what I strongly believe in and am grateful to have found a living that is not my life, but my passion!      

Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.


If you have one, what is your motto?

Be careful of the toes you step on today because they may be connected to the behind you have to kiss tomorrow!

In other words “ Do unto others!”

During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client? 

ARC of Palm Beach

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Repeating my motto above while sleeping on the plane home!

What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Spending time with my colleagues who are the closest friends I will ever know. I lived in Tallahassee for many years before I moved South. Many of us advocate on opposite sides, but we still can’t wait to see each other after hours.   

If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…

Robert Coker’s………I LOVE sugar!!

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Advocating for women’s health. That is my passion. 

Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?

I prefer heels! 

Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?

Bill Cotterell and I want you to ask him WHY? 

Other than, your reading list includes…


What swear word do you use most often?


What is your most treasured possession?

My wedding ring

The best hotel in Florida is…

The Breakers.  I live in the low rent district across the pond and love to see the lights from my balcony!

You’ve just learned that you will be hosting a morning talk show about Florida politics. Who are the first four guests you’d invite to appear?

Ralph Haben, T.K. Wetherell, W.D. Childers and a fourth of their choice since Dempsey Barron is unavailable.

Favorite movie.

Life is Beautiful. 

Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?

Golden Pheasant  and the Avenue

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Mash potatoes and Newcastle! 

If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?

Jim King.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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