Veteran Consultant, Son of Former Gov. Claude Kirk, Joins PooleMcKinley
Government and business consulting firm PooleMcKinley announced Friday the expansion of its governmental and public affairs team with the addition of veteran government relations consultant Erik Kirk. Kirk brings to the firm more than 20 years of experience in Florida’s executive and legislative branches of government as well as extensive work at the municipal and county levels.
Kirk, a lifelong Floridian and the son of former Florida Governor Claude Kirk, Jr., grew up in the political arena and began his government relations career early, serving, while still in college, as assistant to former Supreme Court Justice Wade Hopping and in subsequent years at the Republican Party of Florida.
“Through his broad range of experience, Erik has gained the respect of all those he has worked with through the years, whether they be his colleagues or his clients. He is well-known for delivering an unmatched level of service and providing in-depth insight to clients seeking expanded relationships with Florida government,” said the firm's Will McKinley in a written statement. “We are excited to have Erik join our team and look forward to him bringing the same level of service and results to our clients.”
Since 2003, Kirk founded and successfully grew Kirk Consulting Group into a leading enterprise for clients seeking input or expanded voice in the legislative and executive branches of Florida government. Kirk has focused on educating and empowering clients for success by providing an avenue for navigating the increasingly complex environment of state and local government relations. He has been especially sought out for his expertise and overall knowledge of government agency operations.
“Having built a successful career in this process, Erik will add to and strengthen our diverse team,” said the firm's Van Poole. “His expertise will no doubt help us continue to deliver positive results for our clients.”
“I look forward to working with the team at PooleMcKinley and continuing the high measure of service to our clients,” said Kirk. “Our goal will be to provide them with the best counsel year-round and chiefly during what is turning out to be a very busy 2017 Legislative Session.”
Upon graduation, Kirk began his professional career leading the government relations efforts at two statewide associations – the Florida Physical Therapy Association and two years later, at the Florida Hospital Association. In 2001, Gov. Jeb Bush tapped Kirk to serve in the Department of Management Services as chief of staff at the State Technology Office. There he guided and advised Florida’s Chief Information Officer on strategies for managing and consolidating the state’s information technology infrastructure and gained a more expansive insight into the state's appropriations/budgeting process.
Kirk earned a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University and a master's in public administration from Florida State’s Askew School of Public Policy. He and his wife, Kristen, live in Tallahassee with their four children.