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Rocco, Lou, Rick and the team at Pugliese Associates are our go-to team in Pennsylvania.  Their forward leaning attitude towards client advocacy along with their persistent and practical approach to problem solving led directly to a successful outcome for Tesla Motors, Inc.  Pugliese Associates demonstrated an ability to work well with local allies while opposing other outside competing interests intent on stopping introduction of Tesla’s unique American innovation and investment back into the United States.

James Chen, VP of Regulatory Affairs & Associate General Counsel

I value Rocco and his team’s knowledge of the Commonwealth and its inner workings. There are oftentimes many perspectives when viewing issues and opportunities that Pugliese Associates helps us to evaluate before we move forward.

Gary Lurie, Client Director, IBM

In an extremely challenging budget year, Rocco’s team was successful in increasing our reimbursement from the Department of Education by an additional $1 million.  His team worked with us to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of increasing funding for our children, many of whom face significant developmental and physical challenges.

John Barber, President/CEO, Barber National Institute

Pugliese is a firm that delivers on its promises, exceeds expectations while making you feel like you are their most important client. I feel very fortunate to work with Rocco and his team.

Isiah Anderson, Managing Officer, 3Cord Inc.

Our firm partnered with another in our industry to amend a law key to our operations within Pennsylvania. Pugliese Associates quickly became educated on our issue and within a four- month period their team identified a prime sponsor, facilitated the bill’s introduction and shepherded its passage through committee and both chambers, after which it was signed by the Governor. Having been involved in legislative and regulatory issues in many states throughout the country, we have never experienced such efficient and effective results.

Jan McDavid, Chief Counsel, HealthPort

Rocco and his team are always available to provide answers to questions that range from simple to very complicated, and the answers that are provided are always clear and actionable. Also important to us is that their access into the offices of decision-makers is unparalleled.

Phill Goldberg, Director of Annual Giving, Rock School for Dance Education

Pugliese Associates has been a great partner to EquaTerra.   Members of Rocco’s top-notch team not only helped us identify our first procurement opportunity with the Commonwealth, they coached us on our winning bid and sat with us during contract negotiations as well.  But their support didn’t stop there.  They also to helped us navigate the waters of Pennsylvania state government when they got rough.

Perhaps, more importantly, Pugliese Associates knows our business and continues to introduce us to other departments and agencies they feel may benefit from our independent, third-party sourcing advisory services.

Pugliese Associates is the standard against which I judge all other public affairs consultants.  The others have a long way to go.

Glenn Davidson, Executive Director, Public Sector Practice, EquaTerra, Inc.

As a government relations consultant to Luxottica Retail with responsibility for the legislative and regulatory activities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I want to take this opportunity to commend you and your outstanding associates for a job well-done.

Luxottica Retail engages legislative advocates throughout our great Republic due to the very competitive nature of the retail optical industry. Over the years, your firm has demonstrated the capacity to protect and advance our business interests by thoroughly understanding our business model.

We appreciate your efforts and look forward to continuing our relationship with the firm in future years.

Franklin D. Rozak, Government Relations Consultant, Luxottica Retail

Rocco and his team are always available and accessible; providing well thought out, focused and time sensitive counsel; literally 7 days per week when necessary; days, nights, and holidays.

The professionalism and integrity demonstrated by Rocco and his team at Pugliese Associates is only outweighed by their passion, focus, preparedness and dedication on our Company’s behalf. Thanks again to Pugliese Associates outstanding efforts on our Company’s behalf.

Skip Lee, Executive Vice President, PRWT Services Inc.

The University of Pittsburgh has a long and productive relationship with Pugliese Associates, working with us to enhance the University’s presence in Harrisburg. The University has come to find that with this firm, Pitt has an organization working for it with years of institutional knowledge and a stellar reputation. Rocco and his associates are extremely capable on a wide range of issues and always available to provide help and guidance on appropriation, legislative and other issues. Their skill and experience makes Pugliese Associates effective advocates for their clients.

Paul Supowitz, Vice Chancellor For Governmental Relations, University of Pittsburgh

I wanted you to know how pleased “we” have been with our partnership. Lou, Dan and Anthony and the rest of the team have done a very good job and have gotten up to speed on our issues very quickly. I look forward to great success in the coming legislative session.

Patrick Conway, PA Restaurant & Lodging Association, President & CEO

Due to their statewide reputation and credibility, Pugliese Associates was chosen to represent the Local Development District Association several years ago. Rocco and his team have the experience, knowledge and ability to deal with issues that affect our organization on a daily basis. We rely on them for guidance and recommendations that will help position the LDDs as leaders in the economic development delivery system.

Kevin Abrams, Executive Director, Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission

As a not-for-profit mission driven organization with limited resources, it was with great deliberation that we considered obtaining government relation services. It was apparent at our first meeting with Pugliese Associates that their reputation of praise is deserved. We have relied on Pugliese’s expertise which has led Fresh Start to becoming proactive for the first time, in helping shape the government policies that affect our organization. Important qualities for us as well were integrity and consistency of ethics. I know of no other government relations team that is comparable in this regard. I believe our venture with Pugliese Associates has been a wise and invaluable partnering of which we have received many benefits.

Daniel F. Slavin, Vice President, Fresh Start

Few understand the actual degree of complexity in navigating the waters of state government. One of those few is Rocco Pugliese.  With his team’s collective 150 years of experience, the guidance they have provided has proven to be a wise and invaluable investment  for MARC USA.

Steve Smith, VP / Group Account Director, MARC USA