experienced personnel of Meyers & Associates works as a
close-knit team for our clients. The philosophy of our
firm is one of a partnership with the client. Our
associates are easily accessible and adaptable to your
needs. Our success results from your success. Meyers
& Associates provides the strategy and the ability to carry
your message to the relevant government officials and members of
Congress. It is important that your message is clearly
understood and affects your issues in Washington and
Larry D. Meyers
President, has over 35 years of experience since
coming to Washington with then Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX), former
chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and former Secretary of the
U.S. Treasury. After four years with the senator, serving as legislative
director, he received an appointment in the Carter Administration being
named Director for Congressional Affairs - U.S. Department of
Agriculture, responsible for both USDA and White House lobbying
activities. He began independent consulting in 1981, and in 1989 was
named by Beacham's
Guide to Key Lobbyists as one of the top 125
lobbyists out of the several thousand in Washington. For the last 15 years, he has served as guest lecturer at the National Defense
University on the topic of "Lobbyists and Lobbying in the U.S.
Capitol." Larry also serves on the Board of Directors of Washington
First Bank in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas State Aquarium.
(Rick) L. Meyers
Partner, joined the firm in 1987 and
has over 20 years of legislative and regulatory experience. He
has worked extensively on issues affecting cities and
universities with the U.S. Congress, Department of
Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Justice
Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Department of Energy, Department of Education, Federal
Aviation Administration, and the Environmental Protection
Agency. He has also worked with the officials at the U.S.
Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center
on product promotion. His activities on behalf of clients
include university research grants, appropriations,
education issues, transportation reauthorization,
infrastructure funding for cities, base closure issues,
telecommunication issues, HUD grants, and product
promotion. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Francis (Fran) James Boyd, Jr.
Vice President, joined the firm in 1990 after serving as
Director of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Farm
Credit Administration, an independent federal financial
regulatory agency. Prior to that appointment, he was the
Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs for six years
during the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. He brings to the firm over 20 years of
Washington experience having worked extensively with
Congress and at the highest levels of the executive branch
of government. He holds both a graduate and undergraduate
degrees from Arizona State University, and has completed
the Senior Managers in Government Program from the Kennedy
School for Government at Harvard University.
Jennifer G. Shepard
Associate. Prior to relocating to the
greater Washington, D.C. area, Jennifer served as the
program manager and executive for the leading business
advocacy organization in Houston, Texas. Jennifer was
responsible for managing the multiple aspects of the
organization's air quality program designed to bring the
region into attainment with the federal ozone standard as
required by the federal Clean Air Act. She worked
extensively with local, state and federal elected
officials as well as state and federal regulatory
agencies. Jennifer was also instrumental in the creation
and ongoing management of a statewide public/private
sector coalition to advance the development of a major
national infrastructure project. She was heavily involved
in the development of federal legislation to facilitate
the project's development. As a result of addressing both
environmental and transportation issues affecting the
fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, she has
developed a keen understanding of the relationship between
environmental policies and transportation programs.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of
William and Mary and a Consulting Associate degree from
Main Event Management, Inc.
Senior Associate. Shelley has been a senior Associate with and consultant to Meyers & Associates for over 17 years. She has worked in government relations positions on behalf of several university clients; including a large state university system and a consortium of the State Maritime Academies to obtain federal funding for a wide variety of client projects. Along with her proven areas of expertise in coalition building, written and oral communications and assistance in crisis management, she has extensive knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process working with the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. Working closely with several congressional delegations and committees in Congress, her representation of the firm’s clients has involved issues dealing with higher education, engineering, energy, defense, oil and gas, first responder training, and all areas of university research.
David W. Davis
Senior Associate. David Davis joined the firm in January 2013, bringing 14 years of experience in the United States Senate. He previously served in a number of senior-level positions including Senior Advisor on the Senate Commerce Committee, Chief of Staff for the Vice Chair of the Republican Conference, and Legislative Director and Chief of Staff in the Office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Davis earned a reputation in Washington and Texas as a go-to staffer in his role preparing Texas for both the 1995 and 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) rounds. Working closely with local, state and federal officials, he was chief architect of Senator Hutchison’s successful strategy to significantly increase the military value of Texas installations and to best position them to obtain new missions and personnel in advance of the 2005 BRAC. He also played a key role in assisting communities to obtain a wide range of federal assistance in order to quickly rebuild and revitalize installations closed by BRAC.
Prior to his Senate service, Davis was a career U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer and a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Korea and Northeast Asia. A graduate of the Korean Army College, he served seven years in Korea. From 2004 – 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary for ChoicePoint, Inc, formerly the nation’s leading information, analytics and risk management company located in Alpharetta, Georgia. When Reid Elsevier acquired the company at a premium, Davis returned to Washington as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Hutchison. Davis is a graduate of Mercer University in Atlanta and Catholic University in Washington, DC.
Senior Associate, has 23 years’ experience in
Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) restoration on behalf of clients or programs that received over half of the $727 million available from the $1 billion EVOS settlement. Prior to working in the EVOS spill region, he was special assistant to former U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and administrative assistant to U.S. Representative Greg Laughlin (then D-TX). During the 1979-88 time frame, Tim was founding editor of the
Quorum Report, a contributing editor to Texas Business magazine,
Houston Business Journal, Dallas Fort Worth Business Journal, Dallas Times Herald, and the Austin correspondent for
Platt’s Oilgram News. From 1990 to 1996, he published
The Busby Papers for Lyndon Johnson’s longest serving aide, Horace W. Busby. In 2000, he published a book providing a 10-year retrospective of the Alaska spill
Kodiak Bears and the Exxon Valdez, and has lectured about the
Exxon Valdez spill and its aftermath at the National Conservation Training Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, Yale University and the Pinchot Institute. He has authored congressional testimony on BP
Deepwater Horizon restoration and has written about or been quoted in recent articles about the BP spill in
The New York Times, CQ Roll Call, New Orleans Times
Picayune, and The Horinko Group Newsletter. He is a Michigan State University Honors College graduate, BA, ’74.
David B. Collins
Senior Associate, Based in the Washington DC headquarters, David Collins has served as Assistant Executive
Director for Cotton Council International (CCI) since 1993 with responsibilities for oversight of
day-to-day operation of the organization, its overseas offices and programming in over 60
countries. David also serves as Regional Director for South Asia and has line responsibility for
managing CCI activities in the Indian Sub-Continent and the Arabian Gulf. Prior to his current
post, he served as International Program Coordinator for CCI, managing numerous programs
including the COTTON USA Seminars, Executive Delegations, Trade Teams and International
Conferences, among others.
Prior to joining CCI, David served as the private sector liaison on the staff of the National
Commission on Agricultural Trade and Export Policy, a congressionally mandated commission
established to explore policies and strategies to increase U.S. agricultural exports. Before moving
to Washington in 1985, David worked in a variety of capacities in the Texas Oil and Gas industry.
David was raised in West Texas and graduated with a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M
University in 1982. In 1991, he received a Masters degree in International Affairs with a
concentration in Science and Technology Policy from The George Washington University in
David is active in a number of local civic organizations and has worked as an advocate on
educational issues serving on various Fairfax County Virginia advisory boards. David is active in
local and national political activities, having run for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2001. He
has served on the national board of the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students as
well as President of the local Washington DC area chapter. He is a Director of the Pakistan-
American Business Association and serves on the board of the CommonWell Institute
International, a global institute for leadership training and advocacy for women and children.
Gene V. Morrison, , is a Senior Associate with Meyers & Associates. Gene is a former Special Assistant to the Secretary for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington where he served as the senior political appointee over the Manufactured Housing Standards Division, the Technical Suitability of Products/ Minimum Property Standards Office and the FHA Title I Mortgage Insurance Program. He also served as a liaison to the Department of Agriculture Rural Housing programs, represented the Secretary on the FEMA Catastrophic Disaster Response Group, and worked with the Department of Defense on Military Housing issues. He is a former Director of Special Projects for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs where he supervised the Manufactured Housing Division. He served the Texas Building and Procurement Commission on special project assignments that included department reorganization/restructure, construction project supervision, and leasing. Gene was appointed State Lease Officer and directed the commercial property leasing program for the State. For the past 30 years he has been involved in the financial and housing industries as well as government service. He divides his time between Washington and Texas where he resides with his family. He is a graduate of West Texas A&M University.
Israel Rocha Jr.
Advisor. Mr. Rocha joined the firm in 2009.
and also serves as the Government Affairs Officer for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance; a Partner with Phillips Properties; a member of the State Executive Committee for the Texas Democratic Party; and on multiple Boards of Directors for private, municipal and non-profit organizations. He has worked extensively on issues facing corporations, non-profits, and municipalities in the areas of healthcare, rural housing, financial services, homeland security, construction issues, public relations, trade, taxes, commerce, appropriations, and natural and environmental resources. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rocha was the Director of Business Development for Phillips Properties, a commercial real estate development and retail gas and oil company. He has also served as Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director to Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15) and Executive Director of the Congressional Rural Housing Caucus. His prior work experience also includes serving as the Interim Executive Director for the South Texas Redirecting Taskforce and work with the The Mayor’s Office for Medicaid/Medicare Managed Care, City of New York. Mr. Rocha is a South Texas native and a graduate of Columbia University.
Patrick J. Mitchell
Of Counsel, Mr. Mitchell joined the firm in 2007.
Pat is a graduate of the University of Arizona and subsequently received a Juris
Doctorate from Arizona State University. In his legal career, he served as a
special assistant attorney general for the state of Arizona, general counsel to
an international railway union and as a partner in the Washington law firm of
Sher & Blackwell. Pat also served the City of Phoenix as a member of the
Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). Upon graduation from law school, Pat
joined the staff of Sen. Dennis DeConcini handling constituent and policy issues
in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties. He later became a principal in the
communications consulting firm First Tuesday where he was the political services
director before relocating to Washington where he served as a senior adviser to
the presidential campaigns of Senators Gary Hart and Paul Simon. He also served
as a political adviser to Congressman Mo Udall of Arizona and chief-of-staff to
Representative Louise Slaughter of New York. Pat left Capitol Hill to join the
Dutko Group, a Washington lobbying and public relations firm where he was a
partner and general counsel. Pat’s practice has focused on appropriations,
water and land management and higher education issues before Congress and on
initiative and referenda campaigns. He has also served as an adviser to then
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano on federal legislative strategy and as the
chair of Innovation Arizona, a foundation promoting Governor Napolitano’s
Innovation America initiative with the National Governors’ Association
Also actively associated with Meyers &
Associate, has over 25 years of experience in Washington
as an attorney and business owner. He is the founder of
Finnish-American Corporate Team (FACT)
and has his principle offices in Helsinki, Finland. Tom is
a graduate of Yale University and advises clients of
Meyers & Associates on international trade and