Ron Book







Ron Book

CEO

ABOUT ME

Ron Book is known as a tireless worker who is dedicated to his clients and their causes, and he has cemented his position at the highest level of Florida government authority. Clients, colleagues, and policymakers all laud Mr. Book and his Tallahassee team for their knowledge, credibility, and dedication.
Mr. Book's experience is broad, encompassing a wide range of subjects and issues that frequently make their way through the policymaking process. From economic development, environmental remediation, and affordable housing to transportation, aviation, healthcare, social services, growth management, seaports, and sports, lobbyist Ron Book has influenced public policy debate and decision-making for the last four decades.
Ronald L. Book, P.A. has been a leader in the Florida government affairs profession for than 35 years, with a particular emphasis on the appropriations process. In fact, Mr. Book and his colleagues are in charge of billions of dollars in earmarks, programs, and grants aimed at a wide range of causes and projects. Mr. Book's business is considered as a pioneer in local government representation, and it currently represents dozens of government bodies, towns, and county governments at the Florida Legislature.
Ron Book's creative approach to local government representation has expanded the firm's influence and contacts far beyond the Florida state Capitol, incorporating city and county governments throughout the Sunshine State. This is one of the reasons Ronald L. Book, P.A. is one of only a few firms that provide clients with top-tier legislative representation in the corridors of state government, as well as solid and substantial municipal government services.
Mr. Book's first foray into state governance came in the 1970s, when he went to work for the Florida State Legislature. Later, Ron Book gained firsthand executive branch experience as Special Counsel and Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Bob Graham's administration, followed by a nearly 7-year stint as Partner and Director of the Administrative and Governmental Law Department for the highly influential Miami-based firm of Sparber, Shevin, Shapo, Heilbronner & Book, P.A. (1982-1987).
Mr. Book received essential and unique insight into the realm of Florida politics while working on various statewide political campaigns, including gubernatorial, cabinet-level, and referendum efforts, during his career.Notably, Mr. Book was involved in the "Five for Florida's Future" campaign in the 1980s, as well as two referendums (2004 and 2008) that resulted in the legalization of gambling in Florida pari-mutuel facilities.
Mr. Book and the staff at Ronald L. Book, PA provide general consulting services to firms in both growing and established industries, in addition to lobbying. This includes advising on strategic planning, business development, and navigating complex regulatory issues.Ron Book leans on his wide and carefully built network of ties with former and current government figures, as well as corporate leaders, to ensure that each client receives the best advice possible.
Mr. Book is also an active member of the community, volunteering his time and expertise to a number of charitable organizations across the state. Ron Book has previously worked on charity organizations such as Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital, Best Buddies, and the Mourning Family Foundation.
He currently chairs the Miami Dade Homeless Trust, which he has been a member of for over two decades. Ronald L. Book and other Miami Dade County members handle a budget of more than $66 million, which was initially appointed to the Trust by Mayor Alex Penelas (followed by repeated re-appointments). Mr. Book and the Trust are also in charge of managing Miami Dade County's efforts to reduce homelessness throughout the county.
With Mr. Book at the lead, the Trust has been recognized as a national best-practice model on numerous occasions. The Trust recently proudly hosted HUD Secretary Ben Carson as it became one of the first in the United States to announce an end to Military Veteran homelessness in Miami Dade County and the South Florida region.
Mr. Book is also the Co-Founder and Board Chairman of the non-profit Lauren's Kids Foundation, which he founded with his daughter, Florida State Senator Lauren Book. Book and The Foundation, his daughter's charity, aims on ending childhood sexual abuse via awareness, education, and providing support and assistance to survivors and children in need. Furthermore, via sexual abuse education and prevention, the Foundation hopes to have a good impact on families, children, and others. The Foundation's in-school programs are currently used in over 90,000 schools across the country.