Personnel note: Lobbyist Scott Ross departs Floridian Partners for Capital City Consulting

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Lobbyist Scott Ross is changing firms, moving from Floridian Partners to Capital City Consulting.

For Ross and Nick Iarossi, it’s a reunion of sorts.

Ross, the former deputy secretary at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation turned contract lobbyist, and Iarossi, one of the founders of Capital City Consulting, first met at Florida State University, where they were both deeply involved with student government and Greek life.

After college, Ross would eventually go to work for Las Vegas Sands, the gambling behemoth headed by billionaire Sheldon Adelson. While Ross worked in-house from 2005-07 for LVS, Iarossi in 2009 signed on to represent the company in Florida.

Different paths. Same Adams Street destination.

Ross informed his colleagues at Floridian Partners that he is crossing the street. He tells Florida Politics he is both excited and grateful.

“I want to thank the team at Floridian Partners for an outstanding five years and I wish them continued success,” said Ross. “I’m honored to join the team at Capital City Consulting and I look forward to helping them continue to build the premier lobbying and public affairs firm in Florida.” said Ross. “This is an exciting move for me and my family and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with an elite group of professionals that set the standard in this business.”

Capital City Consulting ranked number four in overall compensation for 2014, according to reports filed with the state. With a stable of younger but established lobbyists including Ron LaFace, Chris Schoonover, Jen Gaviria, Ken Granger, and Ashley Kalifeh, as well as co-founder Gerald Wester, CCC is regarded as one of the leading governmental affairs firms in Florida with nothing but upside and potential in front of it.

Iarossi and Co. are excited for what Ross brings to their firm.

“We are excited that Scott is joining our growing team of professionals. Scott’s years of government experience as deputy secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and as a top-level lobbyist is a tremendous asset to the current and future clients we serve,” said Iarossi. “Capital City Consulting is a results-oriented firm, and Scott’s experience will improve our ability to accomplish client objectives.”

At DPBR, Ross oversaw regulation of gaming, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, as well as hotels and restaurants.

That experience and Ross and Iarossi’s unique bond make this personnel move worth watching.

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