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Movers and Shakers: Ballard Partners expands to Miami, Nan Rich hires a staff director

Theresa Frederick is the new staff director of the Senate Democratic Office, Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston, announced last week. Frederick has held a variety of roles throughout her 29-year tenure in state government, including chief of staff to then-House Speaker T.K. Wetherell. She started her new job Friday. A Florida State University alumna, Frederick most recently served as the senior legisaltive analyst for the Senate Subcommittee on General Government Appropriations.


Ballard Partners -- no longer Smith & Ballard, as you may recall -- opened an office in Miami on Monday, bringing the firm's total locations to four. President Brian Ballard hired Sylvester "Syl" Lukis to manage the new Miami office. Before taking this job, Lukis ran a state and local government lobbying firm he started for industries such as cruise, health, corrections, communications and IT industries. He also lobbied for Miami-Dade County and the cities of Miami and Miami Beach at the federal level. Before that, he served on the U.S. State Department's Cuban Haitian Task Force and as an assistant to the general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Ballard Partners also announced a new hire in its Tallahassee office: John Johnston, who will lead the firm's transportation initiatives after about 20 years of working for the Florida Legislature. Johnston is a former staff director of the House Transportation Committee.


Slade O'Brien is the new state director of Americans for Prosperity-Florida, the free-market activism group announced Monday. O'Brien's previous jobs include president of Florida Strategies Group, executive director of Florida Stop Lawsuit Abuse, and Florida director of Citizens of a Sound Economy.


Lindsay Potvin has joined the Florida Democratic Party as its new media director, tasked with expanding the party's social media outreach and web presence. She had worked as communications manager for FSU's College of Business and public relations firm Salter Mitchell, the News Service of Florida reported.

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