Who We Are

Joe Kefauver

Joe Kefauver
Managing Partner & Principal

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

Rick Van Warner
Senior Partner & Principal

Rick Van Warner has more than 30 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 chaired the annual Multi-Unit Food Service Operators (MUFSO) conference, and co-founded NRN Online.

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.

M. Troy Flanagan, Partner

M. Troy Flanagan, Partner

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.

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Shannon McAleavey, Partner

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.


Carson Chandler, Partner

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.

A University of Florida graduate, 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.

Ava Henderson, Public Affairs Manager

Ava Henderson, Public Affairs Manager

Ava Henderson has diverse experience in event management, community relations, social media and marketing. Prior to joining Parquet Public Affairs, Henderson served as the Director of Events for the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce, managing over 80 events a year, including corporate banquets, trade shows, community events, membership meetings, award ceremonies, and more. She also supervised the production and publication of public relations materials, managed relationships with event sponsors and community partners, and served as the chamber liaison on various committees.

Henderson is a University of Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Marketing and a Minor in Mass Communications. She also served as the Promotions Director for the American Marketing Association, UF Chapter.