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Post Election Conference
Thursday, November 8
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center, Union Station Ballroom
The Post Election Conference is held every two years immediately following the general election. It offers the first post-election opportunity to hear directly from those who will shape Ohio’s policy and political agenda for the upcoming biennium.

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Thursday, November 8
 

8:00am

Registration, Continental Breakfast, & Networking
Thursday November 8, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Union Station Ballroom Lobby 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH, USA

8:30am

Conference Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Flatter

Jennifer Flatter

Chief Executive Officer, Impact Ohio
Jennifer serves as Chief Executive Officer for Impact Ohio and has more than a decade of experience in government affairs. While earning her bachelor’s degree at Capital University, she interned with The Success Group. Prior to re-joining the firm, she managed legislative affairs... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:30am - 8:40am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

8:45am

A Reflection on Campaign 2018: The Political Analysis
In this session, two of Ohio’s mayors and some of Ohio’s top political consultants will reflect on the 2018 campaign season, the outcome of Election Day, and where Ohio is headed.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin DeWine

Kevin DeWine

Principal, CBD Advisors
Kevin DeWine is a partner at CBD Advisors where his extensive knowledge of government affairs allows him to lead his clients to successful outcomes. DeWine served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. There, he rose to the chamber’s 2nd-highest position as Speaker Pro... Read More →
avatar for Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

President, The Success Group
Within The Success Group, Dan McCarthy is responsible for the firm’s day-to-day business operations. While he has an extensive background in health care issues, Dan serves a broad array of clients in transportation, telecommunications and other fields. He began developing his well-tested... Read More →
avatar for Lydia Mihalik

Lydia Mihalik

Mayor, City of Findlay
Lydia Mihalik is the 55th Mayor of Findlay, the #1 Micropolitan in the Nation for the past four years. She assumed office as the first female Mayor of Findlay in 2012. Mayor Mihalik is a 2010 graduate of the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute, a board member of the Ohio Mayor's... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Pickrell

Aaron Pickrell

Principal, Remington Road Group
Pickrell has served as a leader in national, state, and local campaigns. In 2012, Politico included him in their “50 Politicos to Watch”, and Campaigns and Elections Magazine named Pickrell as one of the leading political influencers in the consulting business in Ohio. Pickrell... Read More →
avatar for Nan Whaley

Nan Whaley

Mayor, City of Dayton
Mayor Nan Whaley was first elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005. She was the youngest women ever chosen for a commission seat. Whaley was elected mayor of Dayton in 2013, and in 2017 she was re-elected without opposition, a first in Dayton's history. As mayor, she has focuses... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

9:45am

Election 2018: The Media's Observations
Experts in journalism and reporting  will share their thoughts on Election Day results and what role media has played in the 2018 election season.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Bischoff

Laura Bischoff

Statehouse Reporter, Dayton Daily News
Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Camper

Jenny Camper

Principal, Lesic & Camper Communications
With more than 25 years of experience in statewide media relations, government, campaigns, and strategic communications, Jenny Camper’s Columbus office works with corporations, non-profits, national and state associations, issues campaigns, and government agencies. The firm’s... Read More →
avatar for Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas

Editorial Page Editor, Akron Beacon Journal
Michael Douglas joined the Akron Beacon Journal in 1983 as an editorial writer. He worked for a time as a reporter for the newspaper. He returned to the editorial board in 1991, becoming the Chief Editorial Writer in May of that year. In 1999, Douglas assumed his current position... Read More →
avatar for Jim Siegel

Jim Siegel

Statehouse Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
A newspaper reporter for 23 years, Jim Siegel has spent the last 19 of those covering state government for Gannett Newspapers, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Columbus Dispatch. Since joining the Dispatch in 2005, he has focused on the policy and politics of the Ohio General Assembly... Read More →
avatar for Julie Carr Smyth

Julie Carr Smyth

Statehouse Correspondent, The Associated Press
Julie Carr Smyth has covered the Ohio Statehouse since 2000, first as a legislative and investigative reporter for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland and, since 2006, as Statehouse Correspondent for The Associated Press. Her previous work includes stints at The Orlando Sentinel and The... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

10:45am

Coffee and Networking Break
Thursday November 8, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am
Union Station Ballroom Lobby 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH, USA

11:00am

Perspectives from the Ohio Senate President
Senate President Larry Obhof will discuss his expectations for the remainder of this general assembly and what's to come in the 133rd General Assembly.  

Speakers
avatar for Senate President Larry Obhof

Senate President Larry Obhof

Ohio Senate
Senator Obhof has proudly represented the people of the 22nd District since 2011, which includes Medina, Ashland and Richland Counties and portions of Holmes County. He was unanimously chosen by his colleagues to serve as Senate President for the current 132nd General Assembly and... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:15am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

11:15am

Perspectives from the Ohio Speaker of the House
Speaker Ryan Smith will discuss his expectations for the remainder of this general assembly and what's to come in the 133rd General Assembly.  

Speakers
avatar for Speaker Ryan Smith

Speaker Ryan Smith

Ohio House of Representatives
State Representative Ryan Smith is serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives and was elected by his colleagues to serve as the 103rd Speaker of the House. Since 2012, he has represented the citizens of the 93rd House District in southeastern Ohio. Prior to being... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

11:30am

Perspectives from the Ohio Senate Minority Leader
Leader Kenny Yuko will discuss his expectations for the remainder of this general assembly and what's to come in the 133rd General Assembly.  

Speakers
avatar for Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko

Senate Minority Leader Kenny Yuko

Ohio Senate
Senator Yuko represents Ohio’s 25th District and serves as the Senate Minority Leader. He has served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, where he represented the 7th House District from 2005 to 2012. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he served as both... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:30am - 11:45am
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

11:45am

Perspectives from the Ohio House Minority Leader
Leader Fred Strahorn will discuss his expectations for the remainder of this general assembly and what's to come in the 133rd General Assembly.  

Speakers
avatar for House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn

House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn

Ohio House of Representatives
House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn returned to the Ohio House in 2013, after serving as State Senator for the fifth district from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Political Advisor to the Ohio Democratic Party from 2011 to 2013. He previously served citizens of the greater Dayton area as... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 11:45am - 12:00pm
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

12:00pm

Networking Break
Thursday November 8, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Union Station Ballroom Lobby 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH, USA

12:30pm

Lunch
Herb Crusted Chicken Salad
Pumpkin Cake & Chocolate Pecan Tart
Water, Iced Tea, Coffee

If you indicated a dietary restriction during online registration, you will receive a dietary restriction ticket at check in.  Please place your ticket on your table.  

Thursday November 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

1:00pm

Luncheon Address: Recognition of Election Officials & Sponsors
Thursday November 8, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

1:45pm

Breakout Session: Medicaid & Healthcare in a Leadership Transition
This panel will be a discussion on what it is like to transition a state agency in a new administration, while also exploring Medicaid and healthcare policy that could arise during the lame duck session this year and the next general assembly. 

Speakers
avatar for Senator Randy Gardner

Senator Randy Gardner

Ohio Senate
Senator Gardner is serving northern Ohio in the Ohio Senate, having served previously in the Senate and in the House of Representatives since 1985. A respected leader in state government, Senator Gardner has previously served in many leadership posts in the General Assembly including... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Plouck

Tracy Plouck

Executive in Residence, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions
Tracy Plouck is an Executive in Residence at the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions. From 2011 to 2018, Tracy served as a member of Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Cabinet as Director of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Tracy has served... Read More →
avatar for Representative Mark Romanchuk

Representative Mark Romanchuk

Ohio House of Representatives
State Representative Romanchuk is serving his third term in the Ohio House of Representatives representing House District 2. He is the owner/President of PR Machine Works, Inc., in Ontario and has over 30 years of experience in the private sector, from running a small business to... Read More →
avatar for Representative Emilia Sykes

Representative Emilia Sykes

Ohio House of Representatives
Born and raised in Akron, State Representative Emilia Strong Sykes was elected to represent her hometown in November 2014. She has worked with healthcare professionals and colleagues to improve public health, increase access to care, and combat Ohio’s high infant mortality rate... Read More →
avatar for Mike Toman

Mike Toman

The Success Group
Known for keen attention to detail and a grasp of such varied fields as criminal justice, health care and organizational budgeting processes, Mike has been with The Success Group since 2000. Prior to joining Success, Mike spent five years as a senior policy analyst with the County... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Union Station Ballroom C 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH, USA

1:45pm

Breakout Session: Ohio’s Energy and Environmental Policy: A Look Back & A Look Forward
In this session, some of Ohio's top energy and environmental experts  will reflect on Ohio's past energy and environmental policy and examine where Ohio is headed in the years to come.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Ayish

Rick Ayish

The Success Group
Rick has earned a reputation during his more than 40 years of government experience as a knowledgeable governmental affairs and political strategist with extensive experience in health care, insurance and environmental regulation in Ohio. He founded Ohio Capitol Policy Consultants... Read More →
avatar for Craig Butler

Craig Butler

Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
In 2014, Governor Kasich appointed Craig W. Butler as director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He previously served as the Assistant Policy Director for Energy, Agriculture and the Environment in Governor Kasich’s administration. A public servant of more than 24 years... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

President, Boich Companies
Matthew joined Boich Companies in 2001 and leads the company’s activities in the energy and utility space. He also serves as an interface between Boich Companies and several of the nation’s utilities. Mr. Evans will have an increased leadership role as the company continues to... Read More →
avatar for Asim Haque

Asim Haque

Chairman/CEO, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio
Haque was appointed to the PUCO by Governor John R. Kasich in 2013 and reappointed in 2016. He has testified before members of the Ohio General Assembly, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and has educated regulators abroad through partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch

Principal, Remington Road Group
Lynch brings 20 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs, with a focus on energy and agriculture policy. Lynch served as the policy advisor to former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on regulatory matters, including energy and the environment. Lynch also served as legislative... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hyatt Regency Columbus, Taft CD Hyatt Regency Columbus, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA

1:45pm

Breakout Session: Preparing for the Economy of Tomorrow
During this panel, attendees will hear experts with Blockchain Cleveland, The City of Columbus, The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and Bird Rides discuss what Ohio's changing economy might look like.  

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth Brown

Councilmember, City of Columbus
Elizabeth Brown was elected in November of 2015 to Columbus City Council. In addition to serving on Council, Brown is the Executive Director of the Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network. Councilmember Brown’s focus on Columbus City Council is to fight for broad-based economic prosperity... Read More →
avatar for Randy Cole

Randy Cole

Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission
Randy has served as Turnpike Director since December 2014. He previously served for 4 years as Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor to the Ohio Office of Budget and Management. He is a member of the Advisory Board of DriveOhio and the Board of Directors of the International... Read More →
avatar for Dan McCarthy

Dan McCarthy

President, The Success Group
Within The Success Group, Dan McCarthy is responsible for the firm’s day-to-day business operations. While he has an extensive background in health care issues, Dan serves a broad array of clients in transportation, telecommunications and other fields. He began developing his well-tested... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Moreno

Bernie Moreno

President, Bernie Moreno Companies
While he built the largest-volume collection of luxury dealerships in the Midwest, Bernie also diversified his business with start-ups and acquisitions, including Hotcards, Dryver, Votem, Ownum, Drive Options, Flight Plan and others. Bernie serves in leadership capacities with organizations... Read More →
avatar for Sam Reed

Sam Reed

Director of Government Relations, Bird Rides
Sam Reed joined The Ingram Group in 2012 as a Strategic Consultant after serving as the former staff attorney to U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper. During his tenure in Washington, D.C., Reed utilized his intellectual property expertise to shape the Congressman’s music industry policy... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Hyatt Regency Columbus, Taft AB Hyatt Regency Columbus, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA

3:00pm

Ohio’s Budget Outlook: What’s on the Horizon for Fiscal Years 2020-2021
In this plenary session legislators from across the state will discuss Ohio's budget plan and share their ideas on creating an efficient state budget that works to improve the lives of Ohioans.

Speakers
avatar for McKenzie Davis

McKenzie Davis

The Success Group
McKenzie’s early interest in politics and government were fueled by his work in the White House Communications Office and from staffing numerous campaigns. He returned to Columbus to earn his juris doctorate at Capital University Law School. While attending law school, McKenzie... Read More →
avatar for Senator Matt Dolan

Senator Matt Dolan

Ohio Senate
Senator Matt Dolan is serving his first term as an Ohio Senator in the 24th Senate District. In 2004 he was elected his first of three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives in the 98th District. While in the House, he served as Chairman of the Finance and Appropriations Committee... Read More →
avatar for Representative Brigid Kelly

Representative Brigid Kelly

Ohio House of Representatives
As State Representative of House District 31 and former City Councilmember in Norwood, Kelly is focused on putting families first. She has worked to advance affordable healthcare measures for women; to relieve Ohio’s families of unnecessary financial burdens; to protect Ohio’s... Read More →
avatar for Representative Scott Ryan

Representative Scott Ryan

Ohio House of Representatives
State Representative Scott Ryan is serving his second term in the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 71st District. He serves as Chairman of both the House Finance Committee and the Ohio House Republican Organizational Committee. He has been the owner of a printing company... Read More →
avatar for Senator Vernon Sykes

Senator Vernon Sykes

Ohio Senate
Senator Vernon Sykes is currently serving his first term in the Ohio State Senate, representing the 28th district. Senator Sykes has dedicated much of his life to public service. He previously served in Akron City Council and the Ohio House of Representatives. Since 2001, Dr. Sykes... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Union Station Ballroom AB 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215