Thursday, February 11, 2016


The Sarasota Herald Tribune newspapers political corespondent Zac Anderson recently visited the State Headquarters for the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign at 1517 State Street Sarasota and posted his article as "Team Trump ramps up Florida push". Apparently Herald Tribune newspapers political corespondent Zac Anderson did not find a bevy of activity during the afternoon lull. "The Trump campaign’s Florida headquarters opened in mid-January in downtown Sarasota. It occupies the entire third floor of a building near upscale restaurants, an art gallery and other shops. Across the street is a boutique car dealer that sells Bentleys and Ferraris. Awnings printed with the Trump name and “Make America Great Again” slogan advertise the location to anyone passing by. Inside the sparsely decorated space, volunteers call prospective Trump voters from cubicles that line the perimeter walls. The office was largely empty when the Herald-Tribune stopped by one afternoon this week, but Edna Gingerich said a handful of paid staffers are based there and at least three dozen volunteers regularly take shifts working the phones", (this would usually be done in late afternoon and evening when people are home, Zac).

FYI  Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper political corespondent Zac Anderson, there is usually a bevy of activity in the afternoon and early evening hours and the 3rd floor office space has been left open in the center (sparsely decorated space) on purpose to accommodate large crowds that show up on rally days. I have been there several times to witness such activity and there are many, many highly qualified people working everyday at the Donald Trump Presidential Campaign Headquarters at 1517 State Street Sarasota, like Deputy State Director Jennifer R. LocettA.

The highly qualified and experienced political team for Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign in Florida is as follows:
1). Chairman  Joe Gruters (announced Oct. 23, 2015)  Vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida from Dec. 2008 and chairman of the Republican Party of Sarasota from Dec. 2008.  Owner of Gruters CPA in Sarasota since Aug. 2015.  CPA and tax manager at Shinn & Company LLC, Jan. 2010-July 2015.  Campaign manager, political director and director of government relations for Buchanan Enterprises and Vern Buchanan for Congress, 2000-09. Vice president and project manager for Yacht Clubs of the Americas, Dec. 2006-May 2008.  Project manager for Githier Development, Sept. 2004-April 2006.  M.B.A. from University of South Florida's College of Business, 2002; B.S. from Florida State University's College of Business, 1999.  Fourth generation Sarasotantwitter
2). Co-Chair  Susan Summerall Wiles (announced Oct. 23, 2015)  Managing partner of the Jacksonville office of Ballard Partners from 2011 and principal at Right Coast Strategies from 2011.  Led Jon Huntsman's campaign for president, serving as executive director of H-PAC from late Jan. 2011 and then managing the campaign until resigning in July 2011. Managed Rick Scott's successful campaign for Governor of Florida in 2010.  Principal at Wiles Consulting, Inc. 2001-04.  Co-managing partner for Florida  at APCO Worldwide, 2000-2001.  Director of communications (1995-96) and chief of staff (1996-99) in the Office of the Mayor of the City of Jacksonville.  District director to U.S. Rep. Tillie Fowler (FL), 1992-95. Deputy director of operations at Bush-Quayle '88. Principal at Summerall, Smith & Wiles in Jacksonville, 1984-86. Special Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Labor, 1982-83. Special Assistant to the President  (scheduler) during the first year of the Reagan Administration, 1981-82.  Deputy director of scheduling on Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. Staff assistant in the office of Congressman Jack Kemp, 1979-80.  B.A. in English from University of Maryland.  twitter

3). State Director Karen Giorno (announced Oct. 2, 2015) Principal and founder (April 2005) of Kingston Public Affairs in New York. 25 years experience in public relations, communications, organizational management, and presidential advance operations. Florida state director of American Commitment (group founded by Phil Karpen), Jan. 2012-Feb. 2013. Director of external affairs in the Office of Gov. Rick Scott (FL), 2011-12. Director of press advance and operations at Meg Whitman for Governor (CA), March-Nov. 2010. Senior advance rep. for First Lady Laura Bush, Sept. 2003-Jan. 2009. Senior advance rep., press advance and scheduler for the office of former President George H.W. Bush, Jan. 2001-March 2007. B.A. in political science and communications from Marymount University, 1990.

4). Deputy State Director Jennifer R. Locetta (announced Nov. 24, 2015) Data director on Mitt Romney's 2012 general election campaign in Florida (from May 2012). Statewide data director for the Republican Party of Kentucky, June-Nov. 2011. Human resources and office manager at Innoprise Software in Colorado, 2006-11.  B.A. in American studies from University of Notre Dame, 2006.

5). Director of Field Operations Ken Mayo (announced Nov. 24, 2015)  Experience includes director of field operations for the Convention of States Project; work at Coalition for a Prosperous America (a national trade association); manager of field operations for Americans for Prosperity in Florida, 2012-13; and work with American Majority. U.S. Navy veteran.

6). Director of Coalitions Craig Bachler (announced Nov. 24, 2015)  Manatee County resident. Campaign experience includes Florida director of field operations for Rick Santorum for President; grassroots leader on Rick Scott's 2010 gubernatorial campaign; also worked on Sen. Bob Smith's campaign in New Hampshire and Pat Buchanan's 1992 and 1996 campaigns in New Hampshire. President of Medi Worx of Bradenton. Previously president/CEO of A&J Travel Solutions, Inc. MBA in operations and supply chain management from Southern New Hampshire University.

7). Southeast Regional Field Director John Pughe (announced Nov. 24, 2015)  Founder of Pughe Consulting, 2010. Director of community affairs for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce, 2013-15. Legislative aide to State Rep. George Moraitis, 2012-13.  Campaign manager on Romney Rogers for Fort Lauderdale City Commission, 2008-09,  Business development at Tech One Electronics, LLC, 2007-09. Co-founder and special assistant at C9, 2007-08.  Financial analyst at PCE Investment Bank, 2006-07. Graduate of the University of Florida, 2006.

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