ROLY MARANTE possesses a deep understanding of Governmental Relations, Hispanic Affairs and communication strategies with special emphasis on the South Florida marketplace, its major employers, and transportation, governmental and economic development agencies. Currently, Roly serves as President of the Marante Strategy Group and as a Managing Partner at AD Nation, a public advocacy firm. He formerly served as Chief of Staff to District 6 Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa. In this capacity, Roly provided key counsel to the Commissioner and the district staff on legislation, media, scheduling and liaison to the Beacon Council – economic development agency, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and emergency and event management. In addition, he served as the BCC liaison to the state intergovernmental lobbying efforts in Tallahassee. He was in charge of the overall direction of the District 6 staff and responsible for administrating the County budget allocated to the office. He served as the main entry point for communication with the Commissioner. In addition, he served as the liaison to the Mayor, County Manager, Assistant County Managers and Department Directors for the Commissioner. During his second year of employment with Miami-Dade County, Roly was honored as runner-up in the County’s “Employee of the Year Program,” A unique distinction for an employee of the County with only two years of service out of a 29,000-member organization.
An alumnus of Florida State University and Florida International University, Marante served as Special Assistant to the Governor for a nine-county region of the state stretching from Osceola and Orange Counties, east to Volusia County and South to Martin County, encompassing over 3 million of Florida’s citizens. In this role, he served as liaison for the Governor’s Office for Statewide Hispanic Affairs. After working from 1997-2001 for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Marante then went on to become the Director of Public Affairs and Business Development for BVK/MEKA, a marketing communications and advertising agency that specializes in Hispanic communications.
His extensive experience in the area of General and Hispanic communications is complimented by his service as a former President & Chief Executive Officer of the Hialeah Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding board member of the newly established Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he Chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee, and a former Vice Chairman of the Dade-Hialeah Community Development Corporation. Roly has participated in the Sister Cities program with Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Agadir, Morocco; and Santa Cruise de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain in addition to leading several trade missions abroad. He served as the lead facilitator in attracting a new airline, “Air Europa” to establish direct air service between the Canary Islands and Miami International Airport. He led the efforts to establish an “MOU” with CSX Railroad that enhances the quality of life for the residents of Miami-Dade County. Marante, has also served on the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Attendance Boundaries Committee and the Miami-Dade Monroe WAGES Coalition. He recently graduated the FBI – Miami, Citizens Academy and led an alumni advocacy visit to DC to visit with members of Congress. He is part of the first ever nominating committee for the 2012 Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Board of Directors Search committee.
Marante served as the statewide Hispanic campaign coordinator for the Jeb Bush for Governor Campaign in 1997-98. He was responsible for all statewide GOTV efforts, implementation of media strategy and served as the spokesperson for the statewide Hispanic effort during the campaign. Roly went on to serve as campaign manager for Herman Echevarria for Mayor of the City of Hialeah and later he served as Chief of Staff to Mr. Herman Echevarria, former Council President of the City of Hialeah. He has since successfully managed two re-election campaigns for County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa and served on several leadership roles in the successful campaigns of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, U.S. Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart U.S. Representative David Rivera and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio.
Roly Marante has been recognized by the Christian Community Service Agency, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Junior Achievement, Que Pasa Orlando Magazine, Amigos for Kids, the YMCA and many local schools for his long-standing commitment and active participation in Community and Hispanic Affairs.
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