Today’s edition of 4th Floor Files talks to Chris Schoonover of Capital City Consulting. His clients include Citibank, eBay, and the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. Here’s the file on Chris…
Significant other? Children? Grand kids?
My beautiful wife, Alli, and I have been married for 4 and half years. We have a baby girl on the way in June and a bulldog named Beau.
In 25 words or less, explain what you do.
I partner with my clients to help them solve problems.
Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.
Conservative at the core and moderate around the edges.
If you have one, what is your motto?
Work hard, play hard.
During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?
Do you think Nick Iarossi lets me work for free?
Seriously though, our firm works together in assisting each other in supporting our pro bono clients. Tough to pick just one as they are all for a great cause.
Three favorite charities.
My wife and I proudly support the missions of our church, St. John’s Episcopal, and give our time and talents to organizations affiliated with our alma mater, Florida State University.
Any last-day-of-Session traditions?
Track our clients’ priorities and open a good bottle of red with our team.
What are you most looking forward to during the 2014 Legislative Session?
To watch legislative leadership continue to work together to cut taxes and improve Florida’s business climate.
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…
Our clients are both challenging and rewarding—I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?
The day I was asked to join the team of Capital City Consulting.
Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?
I don’t reveal my sartorial preferences. However, I believe in the wisdom of FSU Alum, Neon Deion Sanders, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. Appearance is important.”
Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?
Tough to pick just one. We are fortunate to have a press corps that digs into the facts, gets to the bottom of the story and reports fairly.
Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…
Sayfie Review, the Crossfit WOD, and these days: Happiest Baby on the Block.
What swear word do you use most often?
Depends how the day is going. I am going to have to change that come June.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Remington 30-06 hunting rifle. It was my Grandfather’s.
The best hotel in Florida is…
No contest, The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach.
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?
TK Wetherell, John Thrasher, Toni Jennings, and Joe Scarborough
I am a huge movie fan and it is tough to pick just one. However, one of my favorites is The Godfather. It brings me back to my Italian roots.
Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?
Prior to the ban, I was a poor law student so I didn’t frequent fancy restaurants. My favorite place for an excellent meal is Sage.
When you pig out, what do you eat?
I have an aggressive sweet tooth and am particularly helpless when it comes to any type of sour candy.
If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?
Abraham Lincoln, without a doubt. His advice would make me a better father, husband, and professional.