“4th Floor Files” talks to David Ramba about his children, the Kentucky Derby, and reporters

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The latest installment of “4th Floor Files” features David Ramba of Ramba Consulting Group. His clients include AT&T, the Florida Optometric Association and Neal Communities. Here’s the file on David.

Significant other? Children? Grand kids?

My wonderful partner Melissa Joiner of over 5 years, daughter Megan (15) and son Harley (12).

In 25 words or less, explain what you do.

My kids say I just talk to people all day but I feel I take on the challenges and problems of clients and try to help them interact with the government.

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

I believe in fiscal restraint by government and the least amount of intrusion into our personal lives.

If you have one, what is your motto?

Word hard, Play hard

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

As many hours as I have spent on optometry this year I’m starting to think it is partially pro bono.

Three favorite charities.

Kidz 1st Fund, March of Dimes and my two kids

Any last-day-of-Session traditions?

Never wearing a tie and remembering those in the lobby corps that have passed on.

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

Would saying “watching the Kentucky Derby” be wrong?

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

Nick Iarossi — to be able to afford his wardrobe and shoe collection he must have some good ones.

Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?

Starting my own firm.

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

I bought a pair a couple weeks ago just so I can answer this question. I still think Cole Haan holds up best on that 4th floor marble concrete.

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

Right now that’s a really tough question.

Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…

I start with a little FB then surf the major papers online in the morning to keep up.

What swear word do you use most often?

I try not to use any and usually use them all.

What is your most treasured possession?

My kids — you don’t possess them but you want to hold onto them forever.

The best hotel in Florida is…


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?

Mike Bennett, Garrett Richter, Jack Latvala and Charlie Dean. We’d just tell stories for the entire show.

Favorite movie.

Top Gun — someday I may actually own a jet.

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

I’m a Jim & Milt’s fan. If we go nice, Avenue’s fried quail is some of the best.

When you pig out, what do you eat?

Thin Mints

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

I’d have one more dinner with Jim King. There’s never gonna be another man like him.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.