Senior Director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Government Relations, Lobbying
A: My morning routine is basically, stretching, calisthenics, treadmill or swimming, shower, put on sweats (now), down the steps to my office, protein drink, newspaper ( I’m old school ) and log-in.
A: I am a federal lobbyist working primarily with Members of Congress. Our clients are fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and foreign governments. Our work involves the telecom, energy, health, automotive sectors and international relations. My job is to educate members of Congress by presenting our clients narrative story, their needs and reasonable legislative solutions.
A: I spend much of my day reading articles and reports. One of the most recent was a piece on the challenges facing Black businesses trying to survive the pandemic. The take away was that major changes were needed in the way these companies do business in terms of marketing, use of technology and geographic location. Unequal access to capital and lending discrimination was a key issue.
A: Traditionally our’s is a communications oriented business, client facing business. The trend to virtual meetings will be a major change. People are finding it more efficient to reduce in person meetings, conferences, etc. Large constituent fly-ins to Washington, D.C. may become a thing of the past. Instead of cocktail parties, online fundraisers are quicker and cheaper and at the federal level the yield is about the same. So while I used to refer to myself as a “shoe leather lobbyist” walking the corridors of power, I am slowing becoming an online lobbyist advocating for my clients via email and Zoom.
A: I’m not sure what a productivity habit is, but I routinely try to focus on productivity and efficiency as part of my personal balance. I think a lot about work/life balance and ways I can mentally organize tasks to get more time for myself while being more effective on my job. Having said that I guess I try to develop the habit of more planning to give me more time for other things I want to do. I would also add staying connected by calling more people more often, particularly now in what I call the age of the apocalypse.
A: I think most people learn too late that their business model was not sufficiently thought out. They didn’t consider all the market angles, acquire sufficient capital and generally didn’t know the business well enough.
About Albert R. Wynn, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives:
Albert R. Wynn is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1993-2008), representing Maryland’s 4th Congressional District. While in the House, he served on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, most recently as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials, and as a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality. While on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Albert also served on the Health and Telecommunications Subcommittees. In the early part of his congressional career, he was a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. He was appointed a Senior Democratic Whip and served as Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (PAC).
Company website: www.gtlaw.com