Photos from the 2019 Annual Conference

                                                            2019 FAPL Conference  #FAPL 2019

The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists Holds Annual Conference

Senate President Bill Galvano Conducts Open Keynote Presentation

TALLAHASSEE—Members of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) gathered in Orlando September 11-13 for the 2019 Annual Conference at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld. Attendees heard from industry and issues experts, hosted a welcome reception for legislators, and recognized members who earned their Designated Professional Lobbyist (DPL).

The conference opened with a welcome from FAPL Chair, Jeff Kottkamp. Senate President Bill Galvano conducted a Keynote Presentation on the importance of leadership. The evening concluded with a welcome reception with legislators.

“I was honored to be asked to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s FAPL conference,” Galvano said. “Professional lobbyists are a diverse group of advocates who passionately represent issues and entities across all areas of public policy. FAPL works diligently to maintain high standards of ethics and professionalism, and I appreciate their contributions to the legislative process.”

Conference speakers and panelists presented on a range of topics including: House and Senate Rules, Florida Sunshine Law, the 2020 Elections, Appropriations, Media Training, Compensation Reporting and Audits, Client Services, Ethics, Planning Capitol Days, Election, Law, Campaign Finance, Social Media, and Fundraising. The Closing Keynote Speaker was Representative Rene Plasencia. Programming was designed to provide the ethics and professional training attendees require to conduct themselves and their businesses in accordance with the FAPL Code of Ethics.

At the closing session, Chair Kottkamp awarded certificates and pins to the association’s twelve newest Designated Professional Lobbyist recipients. The DPL designates those government relations professionals who develop in-depth knowledge of the legislative and political process, its rules, regulations and ethics.  More than 70 percent of FAPL members are DPLs.

The DPL program is a voluntary opportunity to strengthen skills and effectiveness of government relations personnel in lobbying firms, corporations, and not-for-profit associations. Those new to the profession quickly gain expertise it might otherwise take years to acquire, while experienced lobbyists stay current on new ethical and regulatory areas. FAPL is the ONLY state lobbyist organization offering such a program.






Jeff Kottkamp, DPL 

FAPL Chairman


Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists

Welcome to FAPL's all new website, we hope you enjoy its new look, improved functionality and use its many resources. 

The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) was established in 2002, to be a broad-based organization committed to establishing and maintaining high standards for professional advocates.

FAPL members adhere to explicit standards of conduct in dealing with public officials, clients, and other members of the lobby corps. Our principles are centered on honesty, integrity, and respect for the political process. FAPL's mission focuses on education and the ethical conduct which fosters a lobby corps that is both knowledgeable and professional.

FAPL is governed by a Board of Directors, but ultimate power is vested in our members. FAPL membership is open to any Florida registered lobbyist.



FAPL Board of Directors


    • Jeffrey Kottkamp, Esq., DPL--Chair
    • Candice Ericks, DPL--Vice Chair
    • Jennifer Green, CAE, DPL--Secretary/Treasurer
    • Doug Wheeler, DPL--Executive Committee Representative
    • Mike Hightower, DPL--Immediate Past Chair

    • Mario Bailey, DPL
    • Barney Bishop III, DPL
    • Lori Killinger, Esq., DPL
    • David Mica, CAE, DPL
    • Jenna Paladino, DPL
    • Ron Pierce, DPL
    • Casey Reed, Esq. DPL
    • Justin Thames, DPL
    • Ron Watson, DPL
    • Larry Williams, DPL

Executive Director

    • Frances M. Gilbert, CAE


For a list of committees and Committee Chairs. 

Congratulations to Our Newest DPLs

The following members earned their Designated Professional Lobbyist designation during the 2019 FAPL Annual Conference in Orlando September 11-13.  Congratulations to:

  • Adam Basford, DPL
  • Alyssa Brown, DPL
  • Amanda Gill, DPL
  • Madeline Holzmann, DPL
  • Ethan Merchant, DPL
  • Alix Miller, DPL
  • Gaylen Morgan, DPL
  • Cameron Pennant, DPL
  • Victoria Price, DPL
  • Phillip Suderman, DPL
  • Megan Turetsky, DPL
  • Paul W. Wharton, DPL

Renew your FAPL Membership 

All members of FAPL are invited to renew their 2019 membership dues through our new web site portal.  

To renew your annual FAPL membership dues online, select the white Log in button in the blue box below and enter your email address to receive access to your profile on this new site.   If your name appears in the blue box below you are already logged in, click on your name to view your profile.

Once you have logged in, you can, update your profile and upload your latest head-shot photo.

Not currently a member of FAPL?  Go to the JOIN FAPL page and sign up.

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   annual conference photos


Snapshots from 

2019 Annual Conference

In September of this year, lobbyists from around the state gathered at the Renaissance Resort SeaWorld for the 15th Annual FAPL Conference to network, learn valuable information and earn their DPL designation.

In addition to the interesting and notable presenters during the conference, the attendees were pleased that were able to meet state representatives and senators at the Welcome Reception. 

Here are some photos from the conference.


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