Twenty-five years of proven leadership in shaping and advancing government and regulatory affairs, public policy and external relations to executive, legislative, regulatory and other political bodies and officials at all levels.
Develop and maintain relationships
Manage outside counsel, consultants and lobbyists
Regulatory affairs management
Regional VP-State Government Affairs05/2008 to 08/2017Windstream CommunicationsAtlanta, GADeveloped and executed company's public policy strategy through advocacy and outreach to executive, legislative and other political bodies and officials at state and local levels in multiple states. Cultivated and maintained relationships with key elected and appointed officials in assigned states. Built consensus in support of company public policy positions among other stakeholders, trade associations and other interested parties. Orchestrated advocacy for high-priority legislative and regulatory initiatives. Monitored political developments, supplied actionable intelligence and analysis, and proactively coordinated any response. Messaged company's brand in political circles in collaboration with external communications group. Managed PAC budget for assigned states. Prepared monthly reports on high priority issues for executives. Served as president of The Telecommunications Association of the Southeast (trade association) for two years. Led this organization through restructure.
Director - State Government Affairs05/2006 to 05/2008Windstream CommunicationsLittle Rock, ARManaged and implemented regulatory and government affairs strategy for assigned states. Developed and maintained relationships with government representatives and regulators at the state and local level. Represented company at meetings, hearings and other events as required to advance company policy positions. Represented company in trade associations. Drafted monthly reports to management on high-level issues in assigned states.
Manager - Regulatory Affairs05/2006 to 05/2008Windstream CommunicationsLittle Rock, ARManaged regulatory initiatives and compliance reporting for assigned states. Prepared and filed required regulatory reports. Represented the company at workshops and hearings at regulatory agencies as necessary. Cultivated relationships with other industry members to develop consensus on regulatory policy. Drafted monthly reports on regulatory and government affairs issues for management information.
Regulatory Affairs Analyst and Manager03/1992 to 05/2006Alltel CommunicationsLittle Rock, AR
Increasing responsibility in regulatory and government affairs management for assigned states. Managed regulatory issues and filed compliance reports as required for assigned states. Represented company at meetings, hearings and workshops. Participated as company representative in trade associations.
Drafted internally monthly reports on state and local regulatory issues as communication to management.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts: Business AdministrationRhodes CollegeMemphis, TN, United StatesEmphasis in Accounting
Activities and Honors
President of the Telecommunications Association of the Southeast from 2013-2015. Managed the organization through restructure due to financial changes and retirement of executive director.
Board member of the South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association from 2012- August, 2017.
Board member of the North Carolina Telecommunications Association from 2012- 2015.
Company government affairs representative with CompSouth - a competitive telecommunications provider trade association.