This installment of the “4th Floor Files” features Jennifer Jankowski Green. Here’s the file on Jennifer.
– Raymond E. Green, III
– Do you count four-legged ones?
In 25 words or less, explain what you do.
– I am a fixer. I see the problem, I identify the ideal outcome and I hope no one gets between me and my goal.
Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion.
– I believe in personal responsibility, self-reliance and ethical behavior combined with compassion for those in need.
If you have one, what is your motto?
– “Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” – Abraham Lincoln
– “You might have a better policy argument but you will never outwork me.” – Jennifer Green
During your career, have you had a favorite pro bono client?
– Two. Any friend or family member who needs my help and the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists.
Three favorite charities.
– The Capuchin Monastery in Detroit, Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Any last-day-of-Session traditions?
– A pair of low heels, a large breakfast and lots of chocolate.
What are you most looking forward to during the 2013 Legislative Session.
– Positive feedback from a happy client and seeing my staff grow (not necessarily in number but in their professional careers).
If you could have another lobbyist’s client list, it would be…
– No one. I would never seek out another lobbyist’s clients!
Professional accomplishment of which you are most proud?
– Earning the Certified Association Executive (CAE), serving as chairman of FAPL, owning my own lobbying firm and seeing my father’s face after he’s been told by a member of the legislature that I am a “well-respected” lobbyist.
Lobbyists are often accused of wearing Gucci loafers; do you own a pair of Gucci loafers? If not, why not?
– No. I don’t wear loafers. I wear heels. My indulgence is nice handbags.
Who is your favorite Florida Capitol Press Corp reporter and why?
– I have three. Steve Bousquet and Mary Ellen Klas because they are very tough in their reporting, but fair. Brendan Farrington because he now owns a chicken.
Other than SaintPetersBlog.com, your reading list includes…
– A morning jaunt through my Google Alerts, SayfieReview, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn (to see who has viewed my profile) and if I am traveling, the local newspaper.
What swear word do you use most often?
– During session: a smattering of “are you ****ing kidding me?” The rest of the year it’s the ones allowed on regular TV. Someone I truly respect once told me that swearing – especially in a professional setting – was beneath me, so I really try hard not to.
What is your most treasured possession?
– I have a couple of really special family items, but it would have to be the diamond earrings I bought myself after the first session with my own firm. I wear them every day and they remind me of that big milestone.
The best hotel in Florida is…
– For business: the Grand Bohemian in downtown Orlando. For leisure: The Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes and any of the beachside row houses on St. George Island.
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?
– Rick Scott, Don Gaetz, Will Weatherford and Ken Plante.
– Stepbrothers and Caddyshack. I like sci-fi and mystery as well, but nothing is better for a bad mood than a deep belly laugh.
Before the ‘gift ban’, what was your favorite restaurant in Tallahassee? What is your favorite today?
– Pre-gift ban: Tuesday nights with Legislative assistants at Little Italy. Now: it’s a tie between 101 and Avenue.
When you pig out, what do you eat?
– Peanut M&Ms and peanut butter and jelly on soft wheat bread.
If you could have dinner with a historical figure no longer living, who would it be?
– I know it’s probably over-used, but Ronald Reagan. I have a wonderful photo book about entertaining at the White House that shows the amazing relationship between the President and Mrs. Reagan.