Jay Morgan, Principal
In his role as an advocate for some of the Fortune 500’s leading corporations and business organizations, Jay Morgan has developed a reputation for building strong coalitions to withstand controversy on tough issues. Politicsmagazine.com named him as a “Top 10 Georgia Influencer” for 2010 and commented, “He is at the top of his game”. In his first announcement as Governor-elect, Nathan Deal appointed him as the co-chairman of the 2011 Inaugural Committee and a senior advisor to his transition team.
In January 2007, the Atlanta Journal Constitution drew distinction with his colleagues by saying, “lobbying when Democrats were in charge, he has continued to have success now that the Republicans run things.” Morgan was heavily involved in the 2007 video services legislation which passed both houses overwhelmingly as well as telecommunications deregulation legislation at both the federal and state level. Also during 2007, he successfully“quarterbacked” tort reform legislation (successor liability relief). In the 2003 session of the Georgia General Assembly, he provided strategic and tactical leadership in passing legislation that began the process known as public private partnerships (P3) to address pressing infrastructure needs. He was the lead strategist in passing tax legislation that resulted in securing Philips Arena, a top-rated concert and professional sports facility, for the city of Atlanta at no cost to the taxpayers. He has been recruited to work on lobbying teams for his experience in forming coalitions on controversial issues such as healthcare, litigation reform, criminal justice reform, state tax credits, and financial transactions.
Embracing the entrepreneurial spirit instilled in him by his father and grandfather, he established his own firm in 1996 after serving as Senior Vice President of the former firm of Edington, Wade, and Sanders. He is the former chairman of the Economic Development and Taxation Committee for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Council. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, a premier state-based “think tank”, as a member of the board for The Essential Economy Council, and as the immediate past chairman of the Georgia 4H Foundation. At the invitation of the International Republican Institute, he has traveled to Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine to train aspiring candidates and party leaders in emerging democracies.
Tyler J. Kaplan, Managing Director
Tyler “TJ” Kaplan, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, began his career in politics in the office of US Congressman Tom Price. After learning to navigate local political issues as they pertain to federal government, TJ made the transition to state politics by working with the Georgia Tech Research Institute as a Policy Analyst assigned to provide support to the members of the Senate Resolution 68 Study Committee. The committee was tasked with cataloguing Georgia's existing technology assets, reviewing state and national policies that encourage technology advancement, and developing specific recommendations for a strategic plan for science and technology in Georgia.
Following his work at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, TJ worked as a top aide to State Senator Butch Miller, a Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal. As an aide, TJ served as a liaison between Senator Miller and the Governor’s staff, lobbyists, and constituents who sought to influence legislation in the General Assembly. He also served as a key strategist to Senator Miller, working with other legislators in the House and Senate to build support for legislation and acquire votes. His work aided in the passage of several significant pieces of legislation across various sectors. During his time working in the State Senate, TJ established an extensive network within both the General Assembly and the lobbyist community. It was there he gained a reputation for successful coalition building and strategic legislative advocacy.
After leaving Atlanta to work in Washington, DC as an Eben Tisdale Fellow with the Computing Research Association and study at the Institute on Business and Government Affairs at Georgetown University, TJ returned to his native Georgia to work for the J.L. Morgan Company as Legislative Director. In his position at the J.L. Morgan Company, TJ works as a contract lobbyist to a number of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies. His portfolio includes clients across the healthcare, transportation, education, and technology sectors. This wide range of client work serves to further augment his relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders in the advocacy community. Along with his lobbying duties, TJ coordinates a wide range of grassroots and grass tops campaigns across the state.
Ryan Loke, Legislative Director
Ryan Loke, a graduate of the University of Georgia, began his career in Georgia politics in Athens where he served as the Assistant Campaign Manager for Mayor Nancy Denson during her re-election campaign. During the tough primary bout, Ryan coordinated a record setting fundraising effort and lead the campaign to achieve the largest voter turnout in Athens-Clarke County history. Calling on his experience with both local issues and University of Georgia politics, Ryan then began a role in the University of Georgia's Office of Government Relations.
After he spent nearly two years meeting with university officials, department heads, and agents of the university Ryan leveraged his experience with Georgia's appropriations process to advocate for various University of Georgia budget priorities in the Fiscal Year 2016 budget. Through this process he worked closely with staff in the Office of Planning and Budget, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and the Governor's office. Ryan joined the J.L. Morgan Company team in 2015; his responsibilities include budget research, legislative monitoring and analysis, and local and state elections tracking.