On May 9, 2012 COMPASS announced an agreement with Miami-based Gomez Barker Associates to provide professional guidance and support in the effort to increase Florida-based scripted motion picture production.
Gomez Barker Associates, Inc. is a government relations and public affairs consulting firm that provides services to local governments and other public sector bodies, international and domestic businesses and associations, and charitable, educational, and economic promotion entities. Activities include legislative and agency advocacy, resource development, government procurement and business development, research and analysis, and strategic communications.
The firm has an outstanding record of success, having secured billions in support of local initiatives as well as approval of important policy goals. It offers a range of skills and bipartisan contacts without peer and can help guide a proposal through all levels of state and local government, effectuate a change in substantive law, secure a budget line item, or identify and ably process a grant application. Gomez Barker Associates currently develops and implements insightful and winning lobbying strategies for over thirty (30) private sector organizations and public entities and has conducted institutional needs assessments for Caribbean and Latin American lawmaking bodies and training to its members.
Gomez Barker Associates is skilled at representing clients before the Florida Legislature and state agencies in Tallahassee and local governments in South Florida. With offices in Miami and Tallahassee, the firm delivers a statewide reach while retaining a tradition of highly personalized service. The President of Gomez Barker Associates, Fausto B. Gomez, is recognized as one of Florida’s most effective government relations and public affairs counselors and his experience is the cornerstone of the firm’s success. Identifying him as one of Florida’s most effective government relations professionals, Florida Trend magazine called him a “leading lobbyist, polite and intellectual, who analyzes strategy and picks spots carefully.” The Orlando Sentinel and the St. Petersburg Times described him as one of the “top” lobbyists in Florida, Miami Today ranked him among the best lobbyists in Miami-Dade County, and Diario Las Americas named him Miami’s “go to” public affairs representatives. The Miami Herald has labeled Mr. Gomez as one of the “most influential” lobbyists working in the state and has twice selected him to serve on their panel to review and evaluate the Florida Legislature.
Mr. Gomez founded Gomez Barker Associates in 1987 after successfully serving as Director of Legislative Relations for Florida International University and as Administrative Assistant to then City of Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre. He was also a special correspondent to the ABC and Univision television affiliates in Greater Miami providing on-air political reporting and analysis. Mr. Gomez holds a degree in Political Science from Florida International University and is active in the community, serving in the leadership of various business and civic organizations.
Similarly, the entire staff of Gomez Barker Associates has worked both in and with government and that experience allows them to possess an appreciation and understanding of legislative and agency procedures and enjoy a substantial degree of credibility with key decision-makers. The firm is involved in the governing process year-round and recognizes that real value is in helping clients realize tangible outcomes.