- Over 40 years of experience with the legislature, executive branch and private sector advocacy
- Prior to affiliating with CCC, Tony held positions as President/CEO of several statewide hospital organization, the Governor’s state budget director and Staff Director of Legislative Appropriations Committee
- Expertise in budget, appropriations, and taxes, with inimitable knowledge in state and federal health care financing
- Directly involved with the creation and financing of various state / federal partnerships that presently exceeds $4 billion annually to support Graduate Medical Education and health care access to Medicaid and uninsured patients
- In addition to health care entities, has experience representing other diverse private/public sector interests, from the National Football League (NFL) to the Center for Fine Arts Education
Prior to becoming Staff Director of the Legislative Appropriations Committee, Tony held supervisory roles over the Higher Education, Health and Human Services and General Government budgets. After leaving legislative service, he managed a team of professional staff and contracted lobbyists, overseeing the governmental advocacy for a statewide hospital organization. In 2005, he spearheaded the creation of a specialized hospital group to represent the state’s teaching, public and children’s hospitals. He was made CEO/President of the Teaching Hospital Council, which was the precursor to the organization becoming the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. Tony remained CEO/President of the organization until he became affiliated with CCC in 2019.
Since joining the CCC team, Tony has successfully worked on protecting, expanding, and creating new health care programs. Not only do these funds increase health care access to Medicaid and uninsured patients, but they also provide critical support for tertiary care, like trauma centers, transplant programs and burn units – just to name a few. More specifically, he helped develop the new Directed Payment Program for hospitals, which saw initial year support exceeding $1.6 billion. Additionally, he was successful in advocating for $75 million in children’s hospital reimbursement for their most seriously ill patients.
While focusing on health care since leaving legislative service, numerous private sector and non-health care interests have engaged Tony’s services. He worked for National the Football League (NFL) to advocate for legislation requiring specific concussion protocols in high school sports, which was successfully accomplished. Some other examples of Tony’s broad breath of clients include, the Florida Cultural Alliance and the Center of Fine Art Educators.
Tony is a graduate of the University of South Florida (B.A., finance and economics) and the Florida State University (M.B.A.). He resides in Tallahassee with his wife Sherry.