New Strategic Public Affairs Firm to be based in Florida’s Capital City
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Outgoing Associated Industries of Florida CEO Barney Bishop announced today that he is opening a government relations firm based in Tallahassee, Barney Bishop Consulting, LLC. The firm will provide government relations counsel and representation on local, state and national issues, with a particular focus on business issues, including space, transportation, energy and oil exploration, and economic development.
Bishop, a Florida native who has led AIF since January 2005, moved to Tallahassee in 1983, and has an unparalleled network of relationships and a deep understanding and appreciation of the state’s diversity. In addition to political consulting, he expects to be an active force in political campaigns.
“I enjoy being a passionate and effective advocate for my members and clients,” Bishop said. “I am proud of the work I’ve done to rebuild AIF’s membership and grow its stature as a respected voice for industry in Florida.”
At AIF, Bishop represented large-scale corporations and industries throughout Florida. Before joining AIF, Bishop successfully created two companies, TRAK Detective Agency and The Windsor Group. He will draw on that experience to provide business consulting services, in addition to political consulting.
As a conservative Democrat with a reputation as a straight shooter and, when needed, even an occasional bomb thrower, Bishop is known for providing frank and honest commentary as a pundit, media source and public speaker. Bishop will launch a new blog, The Bishop Blog, in January and also will be active on Twitter, commenting on politics and timely policy issues.