In the Departure Lounge: Lobbyists Joe McCann, Robert Reyes, and Mike Hightower’s retirement?

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There are few weeks of the year better than this shortened, Thanksgiving one to quietly make a personnel move in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.

Joe McCann is leaving his position as a Senior Vice President at Ballard Partners, the firm confirmed. Before joining the lobbying world, McCann previously served as the campaign manager for Bob Butterworth for Attorney General, was a senior legislative aide to state Senator Ron Klein, and legislative aide to Congressman James Bacchus. McCann is expected to open his own boutique firm.

Robert Reyes will soon part ways with Floridian Partners, the statewide firm headed by Charlie Dudley. The parting was amicable. Reyes’ book of business included multiple interests from the insurance and financial services sectors. Prior to entering the private sector, Reyes served as legislative affairs director for the Department of Insurance under Commissioner Tom Gallagher.

This is more an arrival as SPB is hearing Mike Hightower’s retirement is about to depart. Look for the former Florida Blue lobbyist to sign on with law firm Holland & Knight.

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.