Staff restructure, recent hires reinforce renewed focus on advocacy and issues
TAMPA, FL – December 3, 2015 – The Tampa Bay Partnership today announced that Ryan Patmintra, who currently serves as the regional director for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), will join the organization on January 11 as vice president of public policy and advocacy. The newly-created legislative role reinforces the Partnership’s commitment to revitalizing its advocacy efforts, and more effectively influencing issues that impact the economic competitiveness of the eight-county Tampa Bay region.
“Ryan is an accomplished political professional who can hit the ground running and immediately contribute to our success,” said Rick Homans, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. “As Senator Rubio’s regional representative, he’s built strong relationships with our local, state and federal elected officials, as well as Tampa Bay business leaders. He understands the issues affecting our community, and is uniquely positioned to address them in both Tallahassee and Washington D.C.”
Prior to his work with Senator Rubio, Patmintra served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ), who was the Senate Republican Whip. In this job, he worked closely with the Capitol Hill press corps, national media and editorial commentators. Patmintra also served on the leadership communications team that developed and implemented media strategy and messaging for Senate Republicans, and in 2011, was named one of Capitol Hill’s top aides by National Journal’s “The Hill People.” He also worked as a Communications Advisor for Senator Kyl’s 2006 campaign committee, and was Deputy Communications Director for the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security.
At the Partnership, Patmintra will be tasked with leading public policy initiatives, increasing legislative engagement at the state and federal level, and developing specific, results-oriented advocacy strategies to advance a regional legislative agenda.
His hire completes a staff restructure initiated by Homans, who took the helm of the organization on November 9, and also includes the addition of research director Dave Sobush and vice president of strategic communications and outreach, Jennifer Mikosky.
Sobush, a certified economic developer (CEcD), will return to the Partnership on December 7, after leading the organization’s regional business planning and research efforts from 2010 to 2013. He most recently served as business intelligence manager for Hillsborough County, and has amassed more than a decade of economic development research and project management experience, including previous positions with Pinellas County Economic Development and the City of St. Petersburg, and as a faculty member at the USF Center for Economic Development Research.
Mikosky, who served under Homans as vice president of marketing and communications at the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation from 2012 to 2014, joined the Partnership on December 1. She brings more than 15 years of corporate and community experience to the role, having worked for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visit Jacksonville, along with a variety of private sector brands including McDonald’s, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Paramount Pictures.
“Our success will be determined in large part by the quality of our staff,” said Homans, “and a major component of reinventing the Tampa Bay Partnership will be the exceptional talent we’ve hired for these key positions.”