Capital City Consulting just scored another big-time free agent: Jim Boxold, who’s resignation from Florida’s Department of Transportation was announced today. Rachel Cone, a capable aide to Governor Rick Scott, will replace him in the interim. Boxold leaves FDOT on Feburary 3rd, he’ll start at Capital City Consulting on February 6th. This is the second major hire the firm has announced in less than a week, having scored outgoing Department of Economic Opportunity chief of staff Dean Izzo just last week.
If government affairs were anything like NCAA football, we’d now have to list Capital City Consulting as having one of the better recruiting classes in recent years…
Here’s the full release from Capital City Consulting:
Jim Boxold to Join Capital City Consulting
Former Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation Joins Tallahassee-based Firm
Tallahassee, Fla. – Capital City Consulting, LLC today announced Jim Boxold will join its team of committed, highly regarded government affairs consultants after most recently serving as the secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Boxold will begin on February 6, 2017, and can be contacted at [email protected].
“Jim has served the State of Florida with distinction and has overseen major seaport expansions, significant upgrades to our interstates and roadways, and the infusion of new technologies that has forever changed traditional transportation models,” said Ron LaFace, partner at Capital City Consulting. “We are excited and honored that Jim will bring his knowledge and experience to assist Capital City Consulting’s clients.”
“Jim is one of the most intelligent and respected members in state government,” said Nick Iarossi, partner at Capital City Consulting. “We expect his experience at the Department of Transportation and the Department of Agriculture will help us better serve our clients and lead to strong growth areas for the firm.”
Boxold has had an extensive and influential career, serving in senior leadership roles in state and federal government.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time in state government and most recently being part of Governor Scott’s hard working team,” said Boxold. “I now look forward to using my experience to help Capital City Consulting provide unmatched service and results for its clients. Capital City Consulting is truly a top-notch firm and I look forward to joining its ranks.”
Governor Rick Scott appointed Boxold to secretary of FDOT in December 2014, where he was responsible for managing FDOT’s $10 billion budget and 6,200 employees. He oversaw implementation of the largest work program in the department’s history, making record investments in the state’s highways, rail, airports and seaports.
Boxold implemented a number of innovative practices fundamentally transforming the agency’s business practices. Under Boxold’s leadership, FDOT reached an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration that will reduce highway project development time by one-third, saving Florida approximately $22 million a year. He spearheaded the development of a new project finance program that will allow FDOT to advance the construction of projects years earlier than planned. He led the consolidation of the customer service center functions of Florida’s toll agencies, resulting in reduced administrative costs for several agencies and improved customer service.
Boxold led the agency through a time of significant leadership change, selecting two of the agency’s three assistant secretaries, its chief engineer and five of the agency’s seven district secretaries regionally located throughout the state. During this time of change, Boxold was focused on workforce engagement, increasing employee satisfaction scores in 64 of the 65 measured metrics. He also reorganized the agency to anticipate and prepare for the rapid pace of technological advancements that are transforming the transportation sector.
Boxold served as the agency’s chief of staff in the years prior to his appointment as secretary. Boxold originally began his career in state government with Governor Jeb Bush in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. He has served as the director of Cabinet Affairs for Commissioner Adam Putnam. In this capacity, he advised Commissioner Putnam on his responsibilities as a member of Florida’s Cabinet, which oversees the Division of Bond Finance, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Department of Revenue and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Boxold began his career in Washington, D.C., as an aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately serving as the legislative director for Representative Porter Goss. He was responsible for managing the Congressman’s entire legislative portfolio, with an emphasis on national security, tax/budget and environmental issues. He played a key role in Congressional approval of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP) in 2000.
Boxold is a graduate of The George Washington University (B.A., 1995). A native Floridian, he and his family live in Tallahassee.
Capital City Consulting is a full-service public affairs firm located in Tallahassee, Fla. At Capital City Consulting, our team of consultants includes Gerald Wester, Nick Iarossi, Ron LaFace Jr., Chris Schoonover, Ken Granger, Ashley Kalifeh, Scott Ross, Andrew Ketchel, Dean Izzo and Jim Boxold. Capital City Consulting specializes in developing unique government relations and public affairs strategies and delivering unrivaled results for its Fortune 500, association, coalition and corporate clients before the Florida Legislature and executive branch agencies.
For more information on Capital City Consulting, please visit CapCityConsult.com.
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