Rick Asnani

Executive Director, Florida Institute for Political Leadership

Rick Asnani serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Institute for Political Leadership, a non-partisan initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, to recruit and train candidates across the state who want to be appointed or run for elected office. Asnani is also the founder and President of Cornerstone Solutions, a national political consulting, community relations and public affairs firm. He has 25 years of campaign, strategic communications and issue management experience. Asnani has guided Fortune 100 companies and other corporate, trade association and campaign clients to organize and implement political, crisis management and grassroots advocacy campaigns. So far, he has worked in 37 states and in two foreign countries.

Asnani worked extensively statewide in Florida on campaigns before being recruited by a major Washington, DC trade group to serve as their Senior Political Field Director. For eight years he traveled to over 30 states running campaign schools where he trained over 1,000 candidates and worked on over 250 local, state and federal campaigns. Asnani’s successes include getting members of congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, judges, county, and city leaders elected.

Asnani is also a frequent guest lecturer at campaign training schools, women’s leadership and judicial workshop programs. He annually serves as a guest lecturer and judges the Advanced Campaigning class at Florida Atlantic University. He has been a regular speaker at the Campaigns and Elections Magazine seminars held annually in Washington, DC. Campaigns and Elections Magazine named Asnani as one of their “Rising Stars in Politics”.

Asnani is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants, a 2019 graduate of Leadership Florida (Class 37), serves as a Palm Beach Chamber Trustee and is a volunteer board member of several non-profit organizations. He lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Contact Rick

Phone: 561.689.9787
Email: Rick@FIPL.org 

Mark Wilson

President and CEO, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Mark Wilson serves as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s largest and most influential business advocacy organization. Wilson leads the substantial political, lobbying, grassroots, and economic research operations of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The Florida Chamber focuses on creating a business climate that generates prosperity and high-paying jobs, vibrant communities and global competitiveness in the state of Florida by focusing on job creation and the Six Pillars of Florida’s Future Economy: Talent Supply & Education, Innovation & Economic Development, Infrastructure & Growth Leadership, Business Climate & Competitiveness, Civic & Governance Systems and Quality of Life & Quality Places.

Through his focus on unifying the business community, Wilson created the Florida Business Agenda and the Florida Chamber Grassroots Network, which mobilizes the business community on issues ranging from taxes and talent, to insurance and constitutional amendment reform. Wilson was also the first president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a Florida Chamber partner organization focused on reducing frivolous lawsuits.

In addition to his legislative successes, Wilson is also the architect of groundbreaking statewide political campaigns in 2004 and 2006 that passed significant constitutional amendment reforms, as well as numerous legislative and issue campaigns. In 2010, he served as treasurer and co-chair of the Vote No on 4 campaign, an anti-growth proposal, in one of the most successful political campaigns in Florida’s history.

Wilson serves on the Board of Directors of Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida, Leadership Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Chamber Foundation, and the Council of State Chambers, as well as serving as an active member of the Florida Council of 100, the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives.

A native of Illinois, Wilson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and has earned the national designation of Certified Chamber Executive (CCE). Prior to joining the Florida Chamber in 1998, Wilson served as vice president of the Chicagoland Chamber and previously served with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Wilson resides in Tallahassee with his wife, daughter and two sons.

Contact Mark

Phone: 850.521.1209
Email: Mark@FIPL.org

Marian Johnson

Executive Director, Florida Chamber Political Institute

Marian Johnson is Executive Director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members.

Johnson, perhaps Florida’s most seasoned political advisor, has been involved in an impressive number of presidential, state and local campaigns. Her budding career  started in 1964 when as a high school senior, she became fascinated with the “Barry Goldwater for President” campaign. Since then, she has gained experience in every facet of political operations, from campaigning to research and polling to administration.

Johnson has been involved with every presidential campaign from 1964 through 1984. Most notably, she served on Ronald Reagan’s 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns. In 1984, she coordinated massive voter contact efforts in eight southern states for President Reagan’s re-election campaign. In addition to her work on national campaigns, Johnson has been involved in all aspects of many state senate and house campaigns, including candidate recruitment and campaign management. In fact, former Senator Vince Bruner credits Johnson with his “upset” victory over former Senator Dempsey Barron.

From 1985 to 1992, Johnson served as Executive Director of the Florida Lawyers Action Group. The November 1994 edition of Florida Trend credits Johnson with the success of the organization’s political mechanism and also traces its decline to her departure. While employed with this group, Johnson managed and directed a triumphant multi-million-dollar statewide amendment campaign in 1988.

In December of 1993, Johnson created and managed Florida Business United, a research organization and the political arm of Associated Industries of Florida. She also served as Senior Vice President of Associated Industries of Florida Service Corporation, where she developed and implemented a one-of-a-kind tracking mechanism consisting of a six-week polling program for statewide offices. Results were featured statewide and nationally on political broadcasts of CNN and C-Span.

After a short “retirement” during the summer of 2003 to spend time with her grandkids, Johnson was recruited to join the Florida Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as the executive director of the Florida Chamber Political Institute, a unique research organization that provides vital detailed demographic and political analysis to its members. She also serves as Senior Vice President of Political Strategy for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Johnson is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics, Prominent People in Florida Government, and Outstanding Young Women of America. She was appointed by U. S. Senator Mel Martinez to serve on the Military Selection Board.

Contact Marian

Phone: 850.521.1241
Email: Marian@FIPL.org