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Steph Smith selected for MavPac’s Future 40

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Maverick PAC, the “premier conservative young professionals network,” has selected Steph Smith for inclusion in its “Future 40” Class of 2017.

Smith is currently Manager of Florida Public Policy at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, she was Public Affairs Director for AT&T Florida & Georgia.

“The Future 40 is our opportunity to recognize young professionals across the country that best represent the next generation of leadership in the public or private sector,” the group said in a press release.

Other “Future 40” Floridians include Vance Aloupis, the CEO of the Children’s Movement of Florida who is running for the seat being vacated next year by term-limited Miami Republican state Rep. Mike Bileca.

Also on the list: Kevin Hernandez, a James Madison Institute fellow who works for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Keith Fernandez, previously a SaintPetersblog “30 Under 30” rising star in Florida politics.

“Maverick PAC has a proven track record of driving young professionals to the political process  through fundraising and events,” according to its website.

“We provide young professionals with access to elected officials, national thought leaders and high profile CEO’s through low dollar events,” it says. “For most young professionals, a Maverick PAC contribution is their first political donation, and our opportunity to get engaged. Maverick PAC then recruits many event attendees into our network, building out an organization of the best and brightest of the next generation.”

Maverick PAC was founded by a group of young bundlers in Texas in 2004. The founders include U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. It went national when George P. Bush became chairman in 2009 and served until his election as Texas Land Commissioner. The organization has grown to 35 chapters across the country.

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.

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