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Greg Blosé II, 36 Grassroots development and engagement manager at the Florida Chamber of Commerce

A Miami boy through and through, Joseph Salzverg has spent the past four years in the capital city making a name for himself. He already has a reputation in Miami-Dade County. The 28-year-old got his start working on Rep. Jose Felix Diaz’s 2010 state House campaign. Diaz was a first-time candidate, Salzverg a first-time campaign manager. They won, and Salzverg became one of the go-to political consultants in the Miami-Dade legislative delegation. But while campaigns left Salzverg energized, the opportunity to help shape public policy became his passion. As a second-year law student at the Florida State University College of Law, he worked as a legislative analyst for the House Regulatory Affairs Committee. That experience, Salzverg said, was paramount to him becoming a lawyer and a lobbyist. At GrayRobinson, Salzverg focuses primarily on regulated industries and local government growth management issues. And in his short time in the government affairs universe, he has already helped draft and pass legislation focused on community development districts for The Villages, and helped secure more than $7.5 million in funding for a major technology client. “We are proud to have him on our lobbying and legal team at GrayRobinson and are excited to see what his future holds,” said former House Speaker Dean Cannon, the executive vice president and statewide chair of government affairs at GrayRobinson. Salzverg sees a future in the industry, and hopes to move back to Miami in the next few years. “I like what I do, and I like what I do in the process,” he said. “If I ever wake up and not be happy, I wouldn’t do it. But I wake up every day and I love coming to the office, I love the clients, and the issues we work on.”

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Greg Blosé is a man of many talents. He spent five years in talk radio, before joining the Volusia Home Builders Association as its director of government affairs. He worked his way up the ladder, becoming the association’s executive officer after four years. And in 2013, after a brief return to talk radio, he joined the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “When you’re dealing with this many organizations, you have to care about what we’re fighting for every single day,” he said. “Every day there’s going to be a different challenge. I’m going to focus on solutions, on how (we get things) done, and how we move the ball forward.” But even at the Chamber, Blosé is a man of many hats. He’s the point of contact for the state’s regional chambers, and works daily to help strengthen the relationship the Florida Chamber has with its regional partners. As project leader of FloridaWins.org, he works to keep Floridians informed about the issues at stake each election. And, if that wasn’t enough, he’s a member of the Chamber’s communications team. “All politics are local and no one knows that better than Greg,” said Edie Ousley, vice president of public affairs at the Florida Chamber. “He’s a skilled communicator who connects local chambers across Florida to lawmakers, and motivates at the grassroots level to make the difference.”

Joseph Salzverg, 28 Attorney and government consultant at GrayRobinson

PHOTOS: Mary Beth Tyson and courtesy J. Salzverg

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INFLUENCE Florida Winter 2016  

The people, professionals and lifestyle of Florida politics

INFLUENCE Florida Winter 2016  

The people, professionals and lifestyle of Florida politics