Professional Services

PAUL BRADSHAW

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, SOUTHERN GROUP, TALLAHASSEE

As a young man, Bradshaw’s first job was building seawalls out of coquina boulders in Brevard County. Realizing he was “one industrial accident away from being destitute” he looked for something non-boulder-related and decided law school might work.

He caught the “public policy bug” clerking for Gov. Bob Graham after law school and then joined Gov. Bob Martinez’s administration, serving as chief Cabinet aide and later directing the state’s growth management program and Office of Policy and Budget. In 1998, Bradshaw worked behind the scenes on Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaign, helping to write the “A+ Plan for Education” that would ultimately become Bush’s defining legacy. A year later, he and David Rancourt founded the Southern Strategy Group, which has grown to become one of Tallahassee’s most prominent lobbying shops with hundreds of clients ranging from Apple to Airbnb to U.S. Sugar.

The firm, which rebranded last year as the Southern Group, has nine offices across four southern states — six in Florida and one in each of the state capitals of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Affiliated offices include the Midwest Strategy Group in Lansing, Mich., and another in Baton Rouge, which uses the Southern Strategy Group moniker.

The longtime lobbyist is married to former Bush adviser Sally Bradshaw, who left politics a few years back to open Tallahassee’s only independent general-subject bookstore, the Midtown Reader. The couple live on a farm in Gadsden County, where they raise rare breeds of chickens. They also dabble in development. Their Freight Yard project, a mixed-use development in Tallahassee’s arts district, is constructed from “upcycled” shipping containers.

“I went to FSU law school, clerked for Gov. Bob Graham and got the public policy bug. From there, it was a natural progression to a career in state government, then administrative litigation in the private sector and finally the purest form of policy development: Lobbying.”

Philip Anson

STS Aviation Group

Brian Ballard

Ballard Partners

Christine Barney

rbb Communications

Rodney Barreto

Barreto Group

Sarah Bascom

Bascom Communications & Consulting

Hilarie Bass

Bass Institute for Diversity & Inclusion

LARRY BERRYMAN

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

Brett Beveridge

Revenue Optimization Companies

Ronald Book

Ronald L. Book PA

Paul Bradshaw

Southern Group

Brian Butler

Vistra Communications

Kelly Cohen

Southern Group

Brendan Courtney

HealthTrust Workforce Solutions

DANIEL DAVIS

JACKSONVILLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

John Delaney

FIORENTINO GROUP

Brett Doster

Front Line Strategies

Chris Dudley

Southern Group

Tom Feeney

Associated Industries of Florida

Michael Finney

Beacon Council

Marty Fiorentino

Fiorentino Group

Eugene Franklin

Florida Black Chamber of Commerce

Tim Giuliani

Orlando Economic Partnership

Adam Goodman

Ballard Partners

Barry Gould

Eisneramper

Blain Heckaman

Kaufman Rossin

Bill Herrle

National Federation of Independent Business

Rick Homans

Tampa Bay Partnership

John Jennings

Waste Pro USA

Drew Levine

G4S Secure Solutions USA

Suneera Madhani

FattMerchant

Tina McCain Matte

Gravina, Smith, Matte & Arnold

MICHAEL MUNZ

DALTON AGENCY

Bennett Napier

Partners in Association Management

Luis H. Navas

Global Governance Advisors

PEGGY NORDEEN

STARMARK INTERNATIONAL

Carey O’Donnell

O’Donnell Agency

Mark Perlberg

Oasis Outsourcing

George Platt

LSN Partners

Phil Purcell

Marine Industries Association

Craig Richard

Tampa Bay EDC

Steve Riggs

Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors

Ron Sachs

Sachs Media Group

Tadd Schwartz

Schwartz Media Strategies

Kelly Smallridge

Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

John Sowinski

Consensus Communications

JAY STARKMAN

ENGAGE PEO

Bob Swindell

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Gray Swoope

VisionFirst Advisors

Julie Talenfeld

BoardroomPR

Cory Tilley

CoreMessage

Rick Walsh

Knob Hill Group

Lynda Weatherman

Space Coast EDC

Mark Wilson

Florida Chamber of Commerce

SAM ZIETZ

TOUCHSUITE

George Zoley

Geo Group