Kevin has been a Columbus, Ohio lobbyist since 1984. He has spent his entire professional life in government, beginning with his election to the Seven Hills City Council in 1977 at the age of nineteen. Kevin served as an LSC intern for the Ohio House of Representatives, worked for the administration of former Cleveland Mayor George V. Voinovich, and has served on numerous municipal boards and commissions. An independent lobbyist for 32 years, Kevin has represented private and public sector interests before the Ohio General Assembly, the Governor’s Office, various state agencies and departments, and local governments. A past board member and President of the Ohio Lobbying Association, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration/finance from Cleveland State University. Kevin is a three-time recipient of the Ohio Lobbying Association Presidents Award, awarded for outstanding service to the lobbying profession. Kevin is the only OLA Member to receive this honor three times. Kevin is an Ohio Lobbying Association Certified Lobbyist, successfully completing requirements by the Ohio Lobbying Association “Certified Lobbyist Program”.
Amanda has been involved in state government relations Columbus, Ohio for over a decade. Amanda began her career in state government by working as a page in both the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate while getting her degree in political science at The Ohio State University. After college, she went to work as a legislative aide to a State Senator, before moving to the private sector in 2004 to work in lobbying. Amanda began her lobbying career working for one of the first female owned independent lobbying firm (Towner Policy Group) where she represented a variety of client interests before the state legislature and Ohio regulatory agencies. In 2015, Ms. Towner retired and Amanda started her own business, Capitol Action Team, with the clients she had been representing with Ms. Towner. Amanda currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Lobbying Association and the planning committee for the Ohio YMCA Youth in Government program. Amanda is an Ohio Lobbying Association Certified Lobbyist, successfully completing requirements by the Ohio Lobbying Association “Certified Lobbyist Program”.
John began his political career as an Ohio Statehouse Legislative Service Commission Fellow, worked his way up through the ranks, and eventually earned a position as a Senior Policy Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. As a senior political staff member, John gained valuable insight into the internal legislative and political process for both state and local government. In 2005, John began his career in lobbying when he joined State Street Consultants. In 2012, John became the Vice President of Government Affairs for Community Choice Financial. In this role he established himself as a strong political advocate in Columbus, Ohio and in Washington, D.C. Over the last decade, John has represented a wide variety of clients from Fortune 500 companies such as the Time Warner Cable to associations such as the Ohio Community College Association.
Mikayla is a 2012 graduate from Ohio University. She received a Bachelors degree from Scripps College of Communication and a Minor in Business Administration while expanding her degree with a marketing, management, and leadership related area. Mikayla began her political career at the Ohio House of Representatives working for Representative Ron Amstutz, who served as the House Finance Committee Chairman during the 130th Ohio General Assembly budget. She most recently worked for prior Chairman Richard Adams serving as the office legislative aide and clerk of the House Financial Institutions, Housing and Urban Development committee. Mikayla began her lobbying career in the private sector in January of 2015, where she fulfilled the role of Director of Government Affairs for Capitol Action Team before joining Government Advantage Group, LLP. Mikayla is a current member of the Ohio Lobbying Association and serves on the planning Committee for the Ohio YMCA Youth in Government program. Mikayla is an Ohio Lobbying Association Certified Lobbyist, successfully completing requirements by the Ohio Lobbying Association “Certified Lobbyist Program”.
Aaron started his career in government as a senior at the University of Dayton where he spent a semester in Washington, D.C. interning in the leadership office of Congressman John Boehner. Later that year, he was accepted to the prestigious Legislative Service Commission Fellowship where he began his work at the Ohio Statehouse staffing the offices of State Senators Louis W. Blessing, Jr., Scott Nein and Bob Latta. He served as a legislative aide for Senator Louis W. Blessing, Jr. before joining the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as legislative liaison.
In 2000, Aaron entered the private sector as an independent lobbyist. Since then he has represented non-profit organizations, statewide associations, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, state colleges, and local governments before the state legislature and administrative agencies. He has run numerous local, state legislative and statewide campaigns. He is now President of Ockerman Consulting, a full service government affairs firm.
Aaron is married to Denise Ockerman, and they have two children, Adam and Megan.