Who We Are
Joe Kefauver has more than two decades of political experience in corporate issue management, government affairs, campaign management, trade association relations nand advocacy. He has comprehensive experience in all facets of public affairs at the federal, state and local levels. By helping clients identify and address the critical external changes facing their organizations, he provides innovative solutions that impact both short and long-term results.
Kefauver is an alumnus of the University of Maryland and received his graduate degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Rick Van Warner has more than 25 years of service industry experience as a consultant, corporate executive, and communications professional. He has helped various senior leadership teams develop strategies to effectively manage, communicate and enhance performance during challenging periods of change or crisis.
Van Warner is the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Nation’s Restaurant News, where he also served as program chairman for the annual Multi-Unit Food Service Operators (MUFSO) conference, the largest executive conference for senior foodservice industry executives. He co-founded NRN Online and Hot Concepts!, a national awards program for emerging restaurant chains.
Van Warner began his career as a daily newspaper reporter, covering national and local politics, among other subjects. He also has previous experience as a social worker counseling troubled youth. A graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, he serves on the board of directors of Tijuana Flats Burrito Co. and is a past board member of several national industry organizations.
Troy Flanagan has over 15 years of public policy and advocacy experience within the context of state government, trade associations and corporate America. Prior to joining Parquet Public Affairs, Flanagan directed state and federal issue management for International Franchise Association, the leading organization of franchisors and franchisees across more than 100 industries He led the formation of industry coalitions, developed grassroots networks for policy advocacy and testified before numerous legislative and regulatory bodies.
Previously, Flanagan served as the director of government relations at ConAgra Foods, representing the food manufacturer before federal and state governments and international trade organizations. Flanagan has also managed the interests of other food and consumer products manufacturers as a member of the policy team at the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA).
Flanagan began his career in the Florida Legislature, serving first as an amendment clerk in the House of Representatives and later as an aide to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Don Sullivan.
A native Floridian, Flanagan is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and as president of the Greater Washington Alumni Association. He also has a graduate degree in international commerce from George Mason University.
Jenifer Fuller Jessep has diverse experience in public and government relations, organizational operations management, communications and client service. Prior to joining Parquet Public Affairs, Jenifer served as the deputy executive director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), where she managed member relations, executed day-to-day operations of the organization, carried out the committee communications with members and prospects. Fuller Jessep also handled compliance and records for the committee, expanding membership by nearly 30 percent in her more than three years of service.
Her experience also includes candidate fundraising, event planning, technology in communications, and publication development. In 2007, Fuller Jessep worked on Congressman Jared Polis’s finance team and joined Politicalworks, LLC, a premier state lobbying firm in Denver, Colorado. At Politicalworks, she monitored legislation, created tracking materials and supported clients on a variety of issues.
Fuller Jessep holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies.
Shannon McAleavey has led large teams of corporate public affairs professionals during her career, with a focus on coalition building, multi-state government relations and community engagement. She has led effective issue management strategies across many states and at the federal level. McAleavey began her career as a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives.
McAleavey’s past business and community involvement includes service as Chairman of the Florida Restaurant Association and membership on the Board of Directors of the Orlando Ballet, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum of Art and the Orange County Arts and Cultural Advisory Council. She also served two terms as the Mayor’s appointee to the Orange County Charter Review Commission. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Partnership and currently serves on the University of Florida Central Florida Advisory Board and the Orlando Magic Advisory Board. In 2008, she was named the Orlando Business Journal’s “Forty under Forty Business Woman of the Year”.
McAleavey is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in political science.
As the Public Affairs Director for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for more than five years, Chandler served as a senior advisor to the Mayor, responsible for the development, implementation and communication of a wide variety of signature projects for the City of Orlando. He also served as the staff director for the Mayor’s leadership role in the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other high-profile national organizations. In doing so, Chandler has built relationships with hundreds of America’s mayors, members of their senior staffs and national organizations dedicated to local and state government.
Previously, Chandler was the Vice President of a Washington, D.C.-based communications and government relations firm. He also served as a press official in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. Most notably, he served as Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Bob Graham where he also handled media relations for the Congressional 9/11 investigation.
Chandler began his career as a television news reporter and anchor, earning an Emmy award while working for the ABC-TV affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Chandler’s background in multiple communications and government disciplines, combined with his track record for cultivating public-private partnerships, allows him to offer clients a unique skill set that includes both the creation of winning messaging and the capacity to determine the best strategy for delivering that message to decision makers.
He is a graduate of the University of Florida.