Randy Lewis has extensive experience in developing and executing strategic and crisis communications plans, community and media relations programs, issues and public affairs programs, media presentations and brand building programs for corporations, business associations, nonprofits, government agencies, and political candidates.
Mr. Lewis began his communications career during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. As an assistant to White House Press Secretary Jody Powell, Mr. Lewis was the youngest person ever to hold a White House staff appointment. He worked with national news executives and reporters daily, developing communications strategies and implementing tactics to achieve the administration’s communications and public policy goals. As a member of the West Wing’s media staff, he traveled the globe extensively, visiting 38 countries on five continents and all 50 United States.
After leaving the White House, he held several senior management positions in Florida government including Director of Communications for the Florida Department of Natural Resources, Press Secretary for the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and Director of Communications for the Florida Commissioner of Education. In these positions, he was responsible for directing public information and education programs for broad areas of public policy and was engaged in extensive media relations and public speaking. Mr. Lewis also enjoys a strong reputation for political bipartisanship and has successfully managed corporate and nonprofit public affairs programs in a variety of political environments.
After leaving public service, he served as a senior vice president and senior managing director for three global public relations firms including BSMG Worldwide, Weber Shandwick and Ketchum Public Relations, before co-founding Fitzpatrick & Lewis.
He has consulted for corporations, government agencies and foundations, including: SouthStar Energy Services, Georgia Natural Gas, Spectra Energy, Enbridge, Inc., Georgia Urban Agriculture Council, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, Cox Enterprises, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, JLA Global, Coca-Cola, Equifax, WellPoint Healthcare, Jackson Healthcare, VISIT FLORIDA Inc., CARE, American Seniors Association, Kohl’s Department Stores, Kodak, AARP, The White House, Amtrak, Raytheon, Florida State Board of Administration, Cryovac, Sealed Air Corporation, Floridians for School Choice, The Florida Lottery, World Travel/BTI and The Beef Council.
Sandy Fitzpatrick has extensive experience planning and developing communications and public relations strategies for public and private organizations. Her expertise includes media relations, media training and planning, corporate social responsibility, public and community affairs and organizational communications and branding.
Ms. Fitzpatrick was a commercial photographer until she joined the Florida Department of Natural Resources. During her tenure with the agency, she supervised the creative design of all of the agency’s external publications, including the award-winning Florida State Park Guide. She also directed the agency’s endangered species marketing campaigns in coordination with numerous federal agencies and supervised internal communications programs for the agency’s 800 employees.
After she was appointed Director of Communications for the Florida House of Representatives, she directed and implemented public information and education programs for the Speaker of the House and 120 members of the Florida Legislature.
After leaving the Legislature, Ms. Fitzpatrick served as the Communications & Educational Policy Director for the Florida Community College System. In this position, she directed and managed the communications and marketing strategies for Florida’s 28 community colleges and provided the colleges with senior-level consulting on media relations, image and reputation.
Following her Florida state government career, Ms. Fitzpatrick co-founded Fitzpatrick & Lewis. She has consulted for Georgia Natural Gas, SouthStar Energy Services, Spectra Energy, Enbridge, Inc., the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, JLA Global, VISIT FLORIDA, Inc., Georgians for Better Transportation, American Seniors Association, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, AARP, Jackson Healthcare, the Jimmy Carter Library, CARE, Workplace Spanish, Women in Recovery and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Ms. Fitzpatrick is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She is also an honors graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (A.S., Photography) and holds a Webmaster Certification from Florida State University.