Top Rick Scott lieutenant Chris Finkbeiner lands at The Rubin Group

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The Rubin Group today announced the promotion of long-time consultant, Heather Turnbull, to executive vice president and partner and the addition of Chris Finkbeiner to the team as vice president.

 “Our firm’s growth is due to our great team of dedicated consultants who work tirelessly for our clients,” said Bill Rubin, founder and president. “Today’s announcements reflect our continued commitment to excellent client service and a commitment to our future. Heather, Chris, Melissa, and I look forward to what the future holds for our team and our clients.”

Finkbeiner brings to the firm extensive experience serving in senior roles in the Executive Office of the Governor, the Florida Legislature and various Florida campaigns.

Finkbeiner most recently served as the policy director for Gov. Rick Scott’s successful re-election campaign, overseeing the development of the campaign’s policy initiatives and advising the campaign on a variety of issues. Prior to joining the campaign, Finkbeiner served as the deputy chief of staff and director of policy for the Executive Office of Gov. Scott, a role he began in 2011.   Previously, Finkbeiner served as the deputy chief of staff for the Florida Senate.  A graduate of the University of Florida, Finkbeiner is also a veteran of numerous campaigns throughout Florida.  He resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Brittany, and their son.

“Chris is a hard worker, and we are excited to have him join our team and serve our clients,” said Rubin. “Chris has unparalleled executive and legislative experience, and I have no doubt that his background, work ethic and contacts will be put to work for our clients.”

In addition to the hiring of Finkbeiner, Turnbull will now serve as executive vice president and partner.

“Heather has been a pivotal part of our firm’s success since joining our team more than a decade ago,” said Rubin.  “I am thrilled to have Heather help lead our firm as we write our next chapter and continue to grow our firm.  Heather’s promotion has been a long time coming, and I could not be more proud of her work for our clients and the name she has made for herself in our industry.”

Turnbull has been with The Rubin Group since 2003 and represents clients as a governmental consultant before local governments in South Florida, as well as the Florida Legislature, Executive Branch and the Cabinet.  Turnbull began her career in politics as a legislative assistant in the Florida House of Representatives and previously worked as a governmental consultant before the Florida Legislature for a former member of the U.S. Congress. In addition, Turnbull is a licensed attorney and practiced civil litigation prior to her work at The Rubin Group.  Turnbull received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.  Turnbull is a licensed member of the Arkansas Bar, Florida Bar and The District of Columbia Bar; and admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, The Rubin Group provides its clients with hands-on assistance in legislative and regulatory matters in all areas of government.  For more information on The Rubin Group, please visit RubinGroup.com.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.