Strategos Group books $740K in Q2 compensation on roster of education pros

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It’s of little surprise that education is a primary focus of Strategos Group, especially with a lobbying team that includes Jim Horne, who served as Jeb Bush’s first appointed Commissioner of Education, Georgia McKeown (also a former chief of staff at the Department of Education), as well as former Tampa state Rep. Trey Traviesa.

Strategos brought in nearly $740K — $349,978 legislative and $389,976 executive – during the second quarter of 2014. That’s only about $10,000 off from the Q1 posting, but more than $100K from the same time last year ($649,938). The firm’s year-to-date for 2014 stands at $1,489,908.

The firm’s roster comprises of four legislative and five executive lobbyists: Horne, Traviesa, McKeown, Skylar Zander and Glenn Kirkland (executive only). The stable of clients are 31 legislative and 27 executive.

Topping the charts in Q2 is MGT of America, a Tallahassee-based consultancy firm, which gave in the $30,000 to $39,999 range each for legislative and executive services, followed by a trio of firms at the $20,000 to 29,999 level — nonprofit youth development organization AMI Kids, Inc., Flagler Hospital and Study Edge, the course-review firm at the University of Florida.

Coming in at the up to $19,999 (for both legislative and executive advocacy):

Virtual computing software company VMware, Inc., based in Palo Alto, California, also chipped in $10,000 to $19,999 during Q2.

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