OCYR February Meeting! All-Star Panel “2013 Florida Political Trends” Tuesday February 12 @ 6pm!

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Join us on February 12th 2103, where our All-Star Panel will tell us what’s in store for the GOP in 2013, and provide some insight in what the 2014 election might hold. We’re also swearing in our newly elected officers, and holding our awards ceremony. Please join us at 6pm for our networking mixer (beer and wine served) and our meeting kicks off at 630pm.

Also, after the meeting, we’ll be heading to a nearby restaurant to watch the State of the Union address and watch our Senator Marco Rubio deliver the Republican response!

We look forward to seeing you!

Below are the Bios for our All-Star Panel!

John Dowless, President, Millennium Consulting:

John Dowless is President of Millennium Consulting, a political public
relations and marketing firm based in Orlando, FL.  John is a native
Floridian with more than 20 years of experience in Florida elections that
includes two presidential campaigns, U.S. Senate and Congressional races and
multiple state, county and municipal elections.  A few local clients include
Congressman John Mica, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, three of Orange
County’s six Commissioners, RPOF, State Senator Kelli Stargel and others.

Before his election to the Edgewood City Council in 2011, John served on the
Orange County Mayor’s Jobs and Economic Summits Commission, Orange County’s
Membership, Missions and Review Board (MMRB) and LYNX Citizens Advisory
Council.  John’s extensive career in politics includes previous positions
with the National Republican Congressional and Senatorial Committees and the
Republican Party of Florida.  In 1999, John served as Florida Director for
the Steve Forbes Presidential Campaign and temporarily relocated to work the
Iowa Caucuses.

John graduated from Auburn University with a Business Degree in Economics
and from the American Campaign Academy in Washington, DC.  John currently
resides in the Orlando area and serves and supports several charitable
organizations including House of Hope, the Central Florida Employment
Council/Christian HELP, BETA Center and Quest for those with developmental
disabilities.

Lew Oliver, Chairman, Orange County Republican Executive Committee:

Partner at Quinones & Oliver, P.L.
Law firm focused on Real Estate, Title and Closing work focused on serving realtors and homeowners.

Stetson Undergrad, Georgetown Law.

- Active in Politics since High School
- worked a Reagan/Bush DC HQ 1984
- Joined OCREC March 1987
- OCREC Vice-Chair 1992-99
- SE Advance Rep for Speaker Gingrich
- OCREC Chair 1999-present
- Longest Serving County Party Chair of EITHER party in Florida
- Chair or co-chair of most statewide and presidential campaigns since 1992
- Valencia Board of Trustees
- National Association of Hispanic Realtors Board Member
- co founder of several tech companies

Tre’ Evers:

Tre’ Evers is a Republican political consultant and communications specialist. He helps clients hone their communications skills by providing public relations advice, integrated communications counsel, messaging strategies and grassroots advocacy tactics. Tre’ and his business partner, John Sowinski, have created Florida’s most successful statewide political consulting firm, running over 12 statewide campaigns. Their clients include Fortune 500 companies, major business and trade associations, some of Florida’s most well known elected officials and Florida’s most storied statewide ballot initiatives.

His political consulting clients have included Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood, former Tennessee Governor and Presidential candidate Lamar Alexander, State Senator Anna Cowin, Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Bill McCollum, Secretary of State Katherine Harris and U.S. Senator Mel Martinez. As an Orlando, Florida native and veteran of statewide federal campaigns, Tre’ is one of the few Florida consultants with experience and knowledge in winning multiple federal races in Florida. In addition, his initiative and corporate work has encompassed statewide and regional efforts.

Prior to opening Consensus, Tre’ served as special assistant to Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood and as an appointee of President George H. W. Bush in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, where he worked for four years in the Office of Governmental Affairs and was a Congressional Relations Officer. While still in college he worked for the Republican Party of Florida.

Tre’ served for three years on the U.S. Advisory Commission for Public Diplomacy. He was appointed by President George W. Bush. The commission is a bipartisan Presidentially-appointed commission created by Congress to provide oversight of U.S. Government activities intended to understand, inform and influence foreign publics.

Active in his community,Tre’ served on U.S. Senator Connie Mack’s Service Academy Board and is the Treasurer of his son’s Boy Scout Troop.

A graduate of the Florida State University, Tre’ holds a BS in Political Science.