• July 12, 2017
  • News

Southern Strategy Group congratulates our Orlando Managing Partner, Kelly Cohen, for once again being named to the annual Orlando Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful List. Kelly is ranked 7th most powerful in Government and Politics. Paul Bradshaw, the firm’s founder said, “We are honored to have had Kelly at the helm of our Orlando office since inception—more than 12 years.  Kelly is incredibly dedicated to our firm, the clients she serves, and to Orlando’s government and community.  She seems to effortlessly balance her professional and community commitments. She is simply everywhere. While she has received numerous accolades and recognitions, is often a featured speaker, what it more impressive is her deep dedication to volunteering and giving back in Orlando.”  We would also like to congratulate our friends and clients on their well deserved recognitions. This prestigious list also honored Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Chairman of UCF Board of Trustees, Marcos Marchena, Sheriff Jerry Demings, CEO of the Central Florida Expressway, Laura Kelley, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group, Sesh Thakkar, Owner of Orlando City Soccer, Flavio Augusta De Silva, CEO of the BRIDG, Chester Kennedy, and President of UCF, Dr. John Hitt.

Here are rankings for the Government and Politics Category.

1.   Buddy Dyer
2.   John Morgan
3.   Frank Kruppenbacher
4.   Mayanne Downs
5.   Teresa Jacobs
6.   Marcos Marchena
7.   Kelly Cohen
8.   Sheriff Jerry Demings
9.   Police Chief Mina
10. US Senator Bill Nelson
11. Commissioner Patty Sheehan
12. Congresswoman Val Demings

“Ke lly Cohen is all business—for business in Orlando. The strategist and lobbyist had a hand in everything from Orlando City Soccer and its new stadium to the UCF-Valencia College Downtown Campus. She also is involved in Osceola County’s advanced technology center BRIDG; Tavistock’s Medical City and Sunbridge development projects; and medical marijuana expansion. Perhaps best known as an adviser and fundraiser for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Cohen has been active in growing the region’s startup technology sector and assisting various nonprofit civic groups. She serves on the boards of the Orlando Economic Partnership; the Creative City Project, an annual arts and music festival; the nonprofit high-tech shared work space Canvs; the Orlando Tech Association; and the FireSpring Fund to provide capital for technology entrepreneurs. She also is on the board of directors for the Orlando Children’s Trust and advisory boards for Clean the World, which provides recycled hotel soap to the poor, and Wells Fargo. In October, the Orlando Business Journal named her one of its CEOs of the Year.”  To learn more, click here.