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Personnel note: Justin Thames named director of governmental affairs for Florida Institute of CPAs

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Lobbyist Justin Thames was named Tuesday as director of governmental affairs for the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA).

Thames previously served more than four years as governmental affairs manager for the Tallahassee-based association, which represents more than 20,000 CPAs and accounting professionals statewide. He will now oversee the group’s political and legislative strategy.

A fourth-generation Floridian and FSU graduate, Thames developed an intimate knowledge of Florida politics through his time as a political action coordinator for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions.

“Justin Thames is a passionate advocate for CPAs,” said FICPA CEO-President Deborah Curry. “His relationships with Florida’s legislative and executive branches of government, including the Board of Accountancy, and his understanding of accounting issues have prepared him to represent the FICPA.”

In his new role, Thames will direct the FICPA lobbying team, provide legislative policy advice to the FICPA board, grassroots outreach, and manage fundraising for the organization’s four political action committees.

Currently, Thames — a member of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists — serves as liaison to a number of internal committees, including the FICPA State and Legislative Policy, Florida State Tax, State and Local Government and Common Interest Realty Associations.

“I am honored to lead the FICPA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of hard-working CPAs across Florida,” Thames said.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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