CHRISTOPHER HOPKINS

Whether it be on a local, state or federal level, in the 21st century the amount of politics at play in any governmental decision can derail the most common sense development project or energy solution. Today the reality is, if your opponents can run a campaign to derail you, beat them to the punch with a campaign of your own that will be transparent, educate the public, identify your supporters and mobilize your base to provide the political cover that is needed in today’s political sphere.

Christopher Hopkins has spent over 30 years working on political campaigns both on the electoral playing field and finding political solutions for Fortune 500 Companies during the regulatory process. Chris has spent the past 17 years working exclusively with corporate clients navigating regulatory issues at a local, state and federal level. Chris has run corporate campaigns in 36 states and five foreign countries managing over 250 zoning and regulatory campaigns for construction material companies, mining companies, commercial developers, gaming companies and philanthropists.

He is a regular speaker on overcoming the political difficulties of regulatory approvals, specifically in the area of aggregate facilities and mineral mines before such organizations as the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and the American Exploration and Mining Association. The International Association for Public Participation and the International Council for Shopping Centers.

Chris has been  an adjunct professor at the University of Arizona, where he teaches in the graduate program at the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources on how politics impact the regulatory processes and and how to overcome organized opposition.  Chris has also taught at the Global Mining Law Center at the James E Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He has been a frequent guest lecturer at graduate programs at several other prestigious universities as well, including the University of Utah, the Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the University of Illinois. His articles are routinely published in industry trade journals.

Chris left electoral politics in 1999 to concentrate on regulatory affairs after managing and participating in more than 20 political campaigns over a 12-year period. Since entering the field, he has overseen over 250 campaigns on issues ranging from acquiring permits for a uranium mine, acquiring a gaming license, gaining local and state permits for limestone and granite quarries, permitting commercial development assisting clients in regulatory issues on the state and federal levels.

Chris did his undergraduate studies and received his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Massachusetts. He has completed additional programs at Harvard, MIT and the Harvard Business School.

Chris resides in Franklin, Tennessee where he can be found relaxing around a nice fire, reading one of his countless books on political history, volunteering at his children’s school or working with the local Boy Scout Troop that he has served in for 12 years as Pack leader and Charter Commission Chairman.

BARBARA SOTO

Owner – Nova Communications

Based in Panama City, Panama, Barbara covers Latin America for River Landing Solutions through a mutual agreement with her company Novo Communications.

Nova Communications works as a boutique firm where a group of consultants specialized according to the needs of each project is being incorporated to provide the client with multiple solutions that positively impact their internal and external reputation.

Barbara has a wide and recognized track record in public relations, corporate communications and strategic communications consultant. Previously, she held the positions of Director of Corporate Communications at the Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture of Panama, Director of Corporate Communications of Leo Bunett Panama, Consultant in Consultant in Llorente and Cuenca, Promotions Manager at Creando Imagen Panamá, Coordinator of Corporate Events in Protocol, Sales Manager in Alert and Executive Sales in Xerox Panama.

Nova Communications es una empresa panameña consultora en comunicaciones estratégicas y que brinda servicios auxiliares de comunicación.

Fue fundada en el año 2007por Bárbara Soto, reconocida profesional de las comunicaciones corporativas con una amplia trayectoria que incluye corporaciones multinacionales, empresas y organizaciones locales.

Nova Communications funciona como una firma boutique en donde un grupo de consultores especializados de acuerdo a las necesidades de cada proyecto se va incorporando para brindar al cliente soluciones múltiples que impacten positivamente en su reputación interna y externa.

 

GREG O’BRIEN

Owner – Stony Brook Group

Editor and president of Stony Brook Group, a political/communications strategy and publishing company based in Brewster, Ma. on Cape Cod.

O’Brien, though Stony Brook Group, runs local, regional and national political and corporate  communication strategy campaigns for a variety of purposes—from development permitting, to media consulting, to elections,  community outreach, and marketing.  Over the years, his client base has included: Stop & Shop, New England Development, CVS, the Kraft Group, and others.

O’Brien  also has more than 35 years of newspaper and magazine experience as a writer, editor, investigative reporter and publisher. Over the years, he has contributed, among other publications, to: the Associated Press, UPI, USA Today, Cape Cod Times, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Arizona Republic, Boston Herald American, Boston Herald, Boston Metro, Washington Post, Chicago Tribule, Time magazine, Runner’s World, Reader’s Digest, Boston Metro, New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro, The Providence Journal, Boston Irish Reporter, and Boston Magazine where he was senior writer. He is former editor and publisher of The Cape Codder and Register newspapers, former editor of Cape Cod Life, and was a founding managing director of Community Newspaper Company, created by Fidelity Investments and now owned by Gatehouse Media, which owns/operates the Cape Cod Times, The Cape Codder, The Register and other Cape publications.

O’Brien is the editor/author of several books, has published more than a dozen books by other writers, and has been a contributor/consultant to National Public Radio (NPR), PBS/NOVA and other national media.