TAMPA, Fla. – Shumaker Advisors Florida today announced that Gino Casanova (PHOTO ATTACHED), the former head of government affairs with the West Florida Division of AdventHealth, will be joining the firm as Chief of Staff. Gino most recently served as Vice President of Business Development at Copypress.
“It is an exciting time to join Shumaker Advisors, as the firm continues to recruit top leaders in Tampa Bay and beyond who are committed to making a difference in their communities,” said Gino. “I am honored to join this elite team and look forward to using my experience in business and government relations to continue this exponential growth at Shumaker.”
“Gino is a game changer and is respected for his ability to achieve the most challenging goals through strong team building and dedication,” added Shumaker Advisors Florida President and CEO Ron Christaldi. “We are thrilled to have his leadership at Shumaker Advisors and we know he will bring tremendous value to our clients.”
A former legislative aide to state Senator Mike Fasano, Gino helped research, create, and pass more than 100 bills during his time in Tallahassee. After working with Senator Fasano, Gino went on to spend nearly a decade at the West Division of AdventHealth, where he started as a Regional Government Affairs Manager, before becoming Director of Administrative and Government Affairs and ultimately Director of Non-Acute Service Line Development.
An undergraduate of Yale University, Gino earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He will work out of the Shumaker Advisors’ Tampa office.
Gino joins a growing Shumaker Advisors team that has quickly assembled one of the most influential and experienced public affairs firms in Florida and beyond. With offices now in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C., in recent months, Shumaker Advisors has added former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, and Florida’s former Deputy Secretary of Business Regulation Michael “MJ” Johnston. The additions join an already impressive team that includes former Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, former Hillsborough County Commissioners Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. (also former minority leader in the Florida House and the Florida Senate) and Sandra “Sandy” Murman (also former speaker pro tem of the Florida House), as well as long-time Chief Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Jennie Granahan Tarr, Suskey Consulting founder and CEO Alan Suskey, along with Lobbyist RJ Myers, former South Carolina Governor and Congressman Mark Sanford, Michael R. McKinley (Charlotte County’s first ever assistant county attorney), former Congressional Chief of Staff Ryan Walker, Ron Christaldi, Congressman David Jolly (ret.), Amy Maguire, Mike Hamby, Andrew Mayts, and JD White.
Shumaker Advisors Florida is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tampa Bay’s largest business law firm, Shumaker.