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4th Floor Files talks with Justin Thames about fairness, accounting and new bow ties

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The latest edition of 4th Floor Files talks with Justin Thames, director of governmental affairs at the Florida Institute of CPAs. FICPA represents more than 20,000 members in front of the Florida Legislature, regulatory agencies and the Florida Board of Accountancy. Here is the file on Justin Thames. Significant other? Children? Grandchildren? Very significant, my wife is the greatest. She balances me out. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I provide grassroots advocacy, fundraising, communications, regulatory and…

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4th Floor Files talks with Chip Case on John Wayne, integrity and public service

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We sat down for a few minutes with Chip Case of Jefferson Monroe Consulting and he shared with us just a little bit about what makes him tick. Here is the file on Chip Case: Significant other? Children? Grand kids? A daughter, who is a blessing and will always be my greatest accomplishment. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I’m a governmental and political consultant who specializes in leadership. If you have one, what is your motto? My…

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4th Floor Files talks with Monica Rodriguez about capitalism, adrenaline rush and Hakuna Matata

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Monica Rodriguez of Ballard Partners was the 2013 co-champion of TallyMadness – the online voting competition to determine Florida’s best lobbyist. Here’s the file on Monica Rodriguez: Significant other? Children? Grand kids? Danielle, 10, and Olivia, 7. In 25 words or less, explain what you do. I help clients maneuver the intricacies of state and local government in order to meet their goals. Without using the words Democrat, Independent or Republican, conservative or liberal, describe your political persuasion. I believe…

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4th Floor Files talks with Christie Pontis about candy bags, telecom issues and the American Dream

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with lobbyist Christie Pontis, who represents telecommunications carrier CenturyLink in the Florida Legislature. CenturyLink, the country’s third-largest telecommunications company, offers a wide range of data, voice and managed services. The Federal Communications Commission recently selected the Louisiana-based company to provide broadband to 1.2 million U.S. homes and businesses in rural areas, in a six-year project covering 33 states. Here is the file on Christie Pontis. Significant other? Children? Grand kids? Boyfriend Eric Mason…

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4th Floor Files talks to Mark Anderson about Session life, snacks and ‘Office Space’

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It’s been a while since our last installment of 4th Floor Files, when we spoke with Liberty Partners’ Thomas Hobbs back in April. We welcome you back to our series of Q&As with Tallahassee’s foremost influence professionals with our recent chat with Mark Anderson, a longtime Capitol lobbyist who runs a solo shop on Monroe Street. We caught up with the former Senate aide and proprietor of the Mark W. Anderson firm on Monday. Here’s his file, complete with a shout-out to our own Jim Rosica.…

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4th Floor Files talks with Shawn Foster about fried chicken, gratitude and ballin’ with Bousquet

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with lobbyist Shawn Foster, a government relations consultant with Sunrise Consulting Group. Foster represents about a dozen clients — mostly in the Tampa Bay area — including the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, Sarasota County and the City of Brooksville. Here is the file on Shawn Foster. Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Teresa and I have been married for 10 years. We have three children: Christian, 23; Andrew, 20; and Kaylee, 14…

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4th Floor Files talks with Sean Pittman about end-of-session blues, an antique Mercedes and the City of Gretna

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The latest edition of the 4th Floor Files talks with attorney and lobbyist Sean Pittman, named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Tallahassee by the Tallahassee Democrat. In addition to lobbying and his legal practice, Pittman also co-hosts The Usual Suspects, one of North Florida’s and South Georgia’s premier weekly political talk shows. Here is the file on Sean Pittman: Significant other? Children? Grandkids? My wife Audra; we have been married since 2009. We have three beautiful daughters:…

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