The true mark of a good lobbyist is their ability to effect change for their organization without becoming the news themselves.
You may not have heard of Robert Lewis, who joined the Financial Services Institute in March 2012, but as head of the group’s legislative affairs, he’s has had a hand in many industry issues, including the debate around the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal and Florida’s “notice-filing state” law enacted last year, which allowed branch offices to stay open while making changes to their business.
Most mornings, Lewis can be found huddling with his team to discuss what federal and state legislation could affect advisors. After that, he’s talking to members. “The only way I can be effective for [advisors] is if they are candid, honest and open about these issues and explain how these issues impact them in real dollars,” he says.
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