frank mayernick

(850) 251-8898

As the former legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Frank Mayernick has over 20 years of experience in and around the Legislative and Executive branches of government.

Prior to his tenure at the DJJ, Frank worked as the public safety lobbyist for the Florida Association of Counties during Article V funding implementation.  During law school he served under the Speaker’s Legislative Fellowship Program working in the House Rules Committee. Additionally, he served as an aide for Senator Charlie Clary (R-Destin) and Representative Jerry Melvin (R-Fort Walton Beach).  Our clients benefit because of Frank’s unique experience of having worked in an agency, an association and as a legislative aide and legislative committee staffer. 

A member of the Florida Bar, Frank received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 2002 and his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida State University. Frank is a native of many United States Air Force bases around the world having grown up as the son of an Air Force Colonel. Frank and Tracy Mayernick formed The Mayernick Group in 2010 and reside in Tallahassee, FL with their two daughters, Addison and Kennedy. 

Tracy Mayernick

(850) 445-3000

With over a decade of political strategy experience, Tracy Hogan Mayernick is responsible for developing, coordinating and advocating for The Mayernick Group’s client’s legislative needs.

Tracy boasts an extensive background and is known as one of the top appropriations lobbyists in Florida. She was recently named the Appropriations Lobbyist of the Year and recognized in the exclusive company as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Florida Politics. The appropriations process is an area of representation that requires a very specific and unique set of skills and Tracy takes pride in consistently delivering for her clients. 

Prior to forming The Mayernick Group in 2010, Tracy ran numerous political grassroots programs in support of legislative candidates statewide. Tracy is a native of Tampa, Florida and resides in Tallahassee with her husband Frank and two daughters, Addison and Kennedy.

rob johnson

(850) 491-1430

With more than 20 years of experience in Florida's executive and legislative branches, Rob has a deep understanding of the governmental process.

Since 2007, Rob served as director of legislative and Cabinet affairs for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Prior to that, he served as Cabinet affairs director to Attorney General Bill McCollum. Before joining the Attorney General's office, Rob served as Governor Jeb Bush's deputy director of Cabinet affairs and as Senior clemency advisor. 

Rob has expertise in navigating complex policy issues including property insurance, bond finance, environmental and State Board of Trustees. He also worked closely with members of the Florida legislature on many of General Bondi's top priorities, such as passage of synthetic drug legislation, human trafficking measures, and providing resources to victims of violent crimes.

Rob grew up in Ft. Myers, Florida, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Florida State University.

Katie smith

(850) 313-3856

Katie brings experience to the firm from her time spent working in the Mayor’s Office and working at another top lobbying firm in Florida. Her expertise is in managing social media platforms, tracking legislation, setting appointments and executing large-scale Day on the Hill events for our clients. 

Her professional and personal background reflect advocacy on such issues as mental health and developmental disabilities.

A native of Milton, Florida, Katie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at The University of Alabama and her Master of Science in Applied American Politics and Policy at Florida State University.

Katie joined The Mayernick Group in the Fall of 2016. 

100 Most Influential People in Florida Politics


2017 Golden Rotunda Awards


Personnel note: Rob Johnson joins The Mayernick Group


  • Family Intensive Treatment Teams Initiative

    The Mayernick Group has successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature on behalf of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) repeatedly; and, most recently, our team has secured funds for a pilot project developed by FADAA. Funded by $5 million in recurring revenue, Family Intensive Treatment Teams (FITT) initiative incorporated individualized treatment plans for families with children in the child welfare system, and immediate access to care in the DCF Central, Northeast, Southern, and Suncoast Regions. FITT will target 500 high-risk families with rapid identification and family assessments and immediate access to evidence-based practices that are matched to the needs of the family, followed by recovery support and follow-up for one year after closure of the child welfare case. In addition, the Mayernick Group successfully lobbied the Florida Legislature to increase funding for existing Community Action Teams (CATs) across the state, which targets at-risk youth aged 11-21 with mental health or co-occurring substance use disorders. The existing 10 CATs were shifted to recurring general revenue, and $75,000 per CAT was added to support additional medical care.

  • Expansion & Support of PACE Facilities

    PACE Center for Girls retained the Mayernick Group to aid with their expansion into more areas of the state. In keeping with the Department of Juvenile Justice’s focus on prevention in order to keep youth from entering or delving deeper into the system, the Mayernick Group secured $2 million in new money during the 2014 Legislative Session for the program. This money allowed PACE to open a new facility in Clay County, as well as increase services offered at the facilities opened during FY 2013-14.

  • Lexington National Insurance Company

    Lexington National Insurance Corporation hired the Mayernick Group amidst the 2014 Legislative Session to shelve a bill that would have been unfavorable toward their company, had it passed. The Mayernick Group worked relentlessly against a strong lobbying effort by the other side in order to stop the bill from moving forward during its first committee of reference.

  • Authorization of Red Light Cameras

    The Mayernick Group was hired by American Traffic Solutions to help pass legislation that continued authorizing the use of red light cameras to enforce violations at intersections. Not only was the Mayernick Group successful in working with other lobbyists to accomplish that request during the 2013 Legislative Session, but the Mayernick Group also helped stop a bill during the 2014 Legislative Session that would have derailed a portion of the 2013 bill.

  • Motor Vehicle Sales Bill

    The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association (SFADA) retained the Mayernick Group to lobby members of the Florida Legislature to pass House Bill 783, relating to motor vehicle sales. The bill prohibited an automotive manufacturer’s finance company from denying financing to a consumer or charging a fee to a dealer solely because the contract contained an automotive-related product from a competitor that was of similar nature, scope and quality. This protected the auto dealer by allowing the free and open marketplace to continue to be available for aftermarket sales products. Had the Mayernick Group not accomplished the passage of this bill on the dealer’s behalf, it would have given the manufacturer’s captive automotive financial institution a competitive advantage over third parties in offering their aftermarket automotive product to the consumer, in some cases.