"The 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 Austin... more"

Larry Meyers, President

 

 

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.

 

Richard (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.

Sr. 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.

 

Shelly Myers

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. 

 

Tim Richardson

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
Washington DC.
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 Morrison

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.

 

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

 

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Tom Lippo

International 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 telecommunication issues.

 

 

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