Today’s installment of “4th Floor Files” features Evan Power of Gomez Barker Associates. His clients include Florida International University Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and South Florida Hospital and Healthcare. Here’s the file on Evan.
Significant other? Children? Grand kids?
No, but my parents still like me so I got that
In 25 words or less, explain what you do.
I help people solve problems with their Government and I help others create opportunities that they could not seize without assistance
Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.
Fiscal Conservative, and focus on smaller government with more power given to states and local governments because they are closer to the people.
If you have one, what is your motto?
Life is the sum of the choices that you make
During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?
Just was asked to help the American Legion, I couldn’t turn down helping those who served our County
Three favorite charities.
St Jude’s Children Research, Ronald McDonald House, and Hospice groups
Any last-day-of-Session traditions?
Staying until the very end, no matter what
What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.
Simply ending on time would be perfect
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…
I have a diverse group of clients that keep everyday interesting. No one represents them but I would take the Atlanta Braves any day
Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?
My time working for Marco Rubio when he was Majority Leader and Speaker Designate
Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?
Thought about buying some just to be one of the first to say yes, but most of my shoes usually come from Marshalls or TJ Maxx (my mother always made me a bargain shopper)
Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?
Marc Caputo, always has been fair to me, and pretty fun just to talk to
Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…
Wall Street Journal, Politico, sayfie review, drudge, ESPN, and pretty much anything else I can find
What swear word do you use most often?
Try not to use them, but I end up well rounded
What is your most treasured possession?
Autographed Dale Murphy Jersey (childhood heroes are the best)
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?
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, and Greg Evers
Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?
Before the gift ban somehow we always were at the Silver Slipper, the best food now is Cypress
When you pig out, what do you eat?
Ribs, I like cooking them and I like eating them
If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?
Calvin Coolidge, one of the most underrated Presidents of all time, and the only one who was a member of my Fraternity (Phi Gamma Delta)