Personnel note: Able Trust hires new stable of lobbyists


The Able Trust, which helps Floridians with disabilities find successful employment, recently beefed up its outside lobbying team.

Karen Moore, chair of the Able Trust’s board of directors, confirmed Thursday that Matt Bryan, Andrea Reilly, and Woody Simmons will be the organization’s newest contract lobbyists.

They will all be working under the direction of the Able Trust’s senior contract lobbyist, Mike Cusick, according to Moore, the founder and CEO of Tallahassee’s Moore Communications Group.

Bryan and Reilly are with Smith, Bryan & Myers, a governmental relations firm also in Tallahassee.

Simmons retired last year as Verizon Communications’ longtime lobbyist in Florida. He was a close advisor to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. 

The Able Trust was created by the Florida Legislature in 1990, under the Florida Endowment Foundation for Vocational Rehabilitation, as a nonprofit public-private partnership.

Last updated on October 11, 2016

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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