Dr. Jeffrey Sharkey
Dr. Jeffrey Sharkey is Managing Partner of the firm with over 25 years of lobbying experience in addition to 6 years of employment at senior positions in the Executive and Legislative branches of Florida Government. His lobbying expertise includes advanced technologies, education, intermodal transportation, economic development, insurance, entertainment, local government infrastructure funding, growth management, public finance, and ad valorem taxation.
Dr. Sharkey is widely known for his extensive knowledge of the legislative process, in particular the finance and tax and appropriations processes. With over two decades of government relations, public affairs and business consulting under his belt, he has built a network of trusted relationships throughout the highest levels of state government. His entrepreneurial approach to problem solving, high ethical standards and strong commitment to professionalism, coupled with his creative approach to problem solving and dedication to keeping his client’s interests at the forefront of the firm’s activities, have made him one of the most highly regarded lobbyist in Florida. He and the professionals in his firm believe that accomplishing client’s goals is the result of detailed research, strategic planning, clear communication, hard work and unrelenting determination to succeed.
In addition, Dr. Sharkey has been actively involved in statewide issue campaigns for over twenty years, providing him rare insight into the politics and an ability to shape successful community development projects. He has been successful in creating, mobilizing and evaluating public policy issues and trends to position his clients to prepare and take advantage of new challenges and opportunities occurring in the arenas of state and local governments. He is ultimately familiar with the dynamics that are created when local, state and national politics intersect with the desire to shape public policy in the local, Legislative or Executive branches of government.
Dr. Sharkey has held a variety of positions in state government prior to launching his public policy advocacy career. He has been Director of International Education for the State of Florida, Special Advisor to the Governor for International Affairs, and Director of the Florida Hemispheric Policy Studies Center. He began his professional career as a teacher and school administrator and has worked in England, Thailand, Latin America and in other parts of the world as a consultant for various international agencies.
In addition, Dr. Sharkey is an entreprenuer and owns a number of successful businesses. He is native of Minnesota, he holds a B.S. degree in English, a M.Ed. in Educational Research from the University of MN, a M.S. in Sociology and Economics and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Educational Policy Foundations and International Development.
Taylor Patrick Biehl
Taylor Patrick Biehl is the Legislative Programs Director for the Capitol Alliance Group. Born in Rhode Island and raised in Brevard County, Mr. Biehl received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida. After graduation, he served as the Special Projects Coordinator to Public Concepts, LLC, conducting detailed analysis of precincts and voter trends, assisting in the development of political messages, and assisting on the successful campaign of Ronda Storms for State Senator. Mr. Biehl has served as the Special Assistant to State Senator Mike Haridopolos and afterward served as the Director of Governmental Affairs for the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association where he led a successful lobbying campaign implementing the association’s agenda.
Upon becoming President of the Senate, Mike Haridopolos tapped Mr. Biehl to assist with policy and constituent issues. Subsequently, Taylor Patrick joined the Senate Community Affairs Committee, where he served as an analyst. With 10 years of direct legislative experience with major appropriations issues and a concentrated focus on local governance, property taxation, and agency regulation issues, he has proven himself to be a tireless advocate for client’s interest. In addition to legislative issues management, he has developed excellent relations with the state agency management leadership and interfaces regularly with the agency Secretaries to ensure that clients have access to top decision makers. Mr. Biehl is responsible for mobilizing legislation and communicating with legislators and agency representatives on the needs of the clients. Taylor Patrick also fundraises for both incumbent and unelected political candidates throughout the State of Florida. In 2015, he was named to a list of the Top 30 Rising Stars in Florida politics. Taylor Patrick’s public and private sector experience make him well qualified to represent clients on a wide variety of issues and provide expert analysis.