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2014 Legislative Symposia: Orlando Speakers

ASID 2014 Legislative Symposia Series


Orlando Speakers

Main Session: The Five Introductions & Breakout Session 2: Boot Camp for Advocates

Christopher Kush, MPP, CEO of Soapbox Consulting

Christopher Kush, MPP, CEO of Soapbox Consulting

As CEO of Soapbox Consulting, Christopher Kush has trained hundreds of thousands of citizens from all over the United States to effectively influence Congress and state and local governments. He has helped design sophisticated key-contact networks, lobby days, and grassroots training programs for many national associations, including the American Cancer Society, Human Rights Campaign, Easter Seals, Goodwill International, United Way Worldwide, and the American Wind Energy Association. Kush is the author of three books about grassroots organizing, including Grassroots Games (ASAE, 2002) and, most recently, The One-Hour Activist: The 15 Most Powerful Actions You Can Take To Fight for the Issues and Candidates You Care About (Wiley, 2004). He has appeared on National Public Radio, ABC and Fox News affiliates, C-SPAN's "Book TV," and in U.S. News & World Report, The Los Angeles Times, and on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network. Kush holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.


Breakout Session 1: Legislative Update

David Roberts, public policy advisor, AkermanEliakim "Eli" Nortelus, public policy advisor, Akerman

David Roberts, public policy advisor, Akerman

David Roberts is a public policy advisor with Akerman in Tallahassee, Fla. He possesses nearly 20 years of governmental affairs experience in the state legislative process, and he represents clients before the Florida legislature in a broad scope of policy areas, including gaming, lotteries, taxes, appropriations, procurement and business and professional regulatory issues. Roberts’ comprehensive regulatory experience also allows him to assist clients through Florida's complex regulatory and administrative process in the areas of taxes, licensing and general business issues. He served as the legislative director for the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation before serving as the director of the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering, which regulates horse and greyhound racing, jai alai, cardrooms and slot machine gaming at the state’s pari-mutuel facilities.

Eliakim "Eli" Nortelus, public policy advisor, Akerman

Eliakim "Eli" Nortelus is a public policy advisor with Akerman in Tallahassee, Fla. He has more than a decade of experience in government consulting, including professional and political experience in state and local government in Florida. Nortelus’ lobbying experience in both the legislative and executive branches includes insurance, financial services, casino gaming, lotteries, education, cabinet affairs, appropriations, procurement, state licensing and general business issues in Florida. His regulatory experience with both state and local governments allows him to help businesses navigate Florida's complex regulatory process and issues with state agencies. Nortelus also is active in the political process and assists clients and public officials by providing strategic information about campaigning, political races and public relations issues.


Breakout Session 3: Legislative Impacts on Lighting Products

Robert Horner, Director of Public Policy-IES

Robert Horner, director of Public Policy, Illuminating Engineering Society

Many in the industry and in the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) community know Robert Horner. After spending the early part of his career in the Energy Management field, he started with OSRAM Corp. (Montgomery, N.Y.) in 1989, and began working for OSRAM SYLVANIA (Danvers, Mass.) in 1993, assuming positions of commercial engineering manager, product group marketing manager for Fluorescent Lamps, and business unit manager for Visualization and Imaging Systems. He holds a patent as part of the team that developed reduced mercury linear fluorescent lamps. Horner is a long standing member of the IES and the IEEE. He participated on the IES Light Sources Committee and served the National Lighting Bureau for 10 years as an officer and as a member of the Board of Governors. He has conducted training in Lighting Economics for the National Council on Qualifications on the Lighting Professions review sessions and co-authored two major IES educational programs: Fundamentals of Lighting and Discover Lighting. Over the years, Horner has given numerous presentations at Lightfair, the IES Annual Conference, and other industry events. For the past four years, Horner has been director of Public Policy at IES. His background in lighting gives him credibility when addressing lighting policy issues with legislators, regulators, or industry organizations. Horner received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.


Closing Session: Technical Aspects Behind the Profession of Interior Design


Don Davis, vice president, ASID Government and Public Affairs

Don Davis has led the Society’s Government and Public Affairs department to several key legislative victories in recent years. Prior to joining ASID more than three years ago, Davis worked in various government and political affairs positions, including work in energy policy. Davis holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University.