CBD Advisors (CBD) was established in 2009 by Retired Congressman Dave Hobson and Mrs. Barbara Mills. In January 2015, they welcomed Vicki Giambrone and Kevin DeWine to the firm as the new managing partners.
Between Giambrone and DeWine, the CBD leadership team has over 30 years experience in public affairs and government relations.
As CBD’s managing partners, they take the time to develop an understanding of the client’s business and goals; and use this knowledge to produce strategies and tactics designed to remove obstacles, identify new opportunities and provide achieve concrete results.
As an expert in government affairs, public policy, and political matters, Mr. DeWine provides a breadth of services including assistance in navigating state and federal government agencies, as well as aiding in advocacy, strategy, and planning that lead to successful outcome for our clients.
In 2009, DeWine was unanimously elected to serve as Chairman of the Ohio Republican Party – one of the largest state party organizations in the nation. As Chairman, DeWine was directly responsible for the management of all Party operations and services and introduced a strategy that completely restructured the Party’s internal operation and restored its public credibility. As Chairman, Mr. DeWine traveled extensively on behalf of the party, meeting with voters, donors, candidates, elected officials, and volunteers. In 2010, these efforts led to the most successful Republican year in the history of the Ohio Republican Party.
Before serving as Chairman, Mr. DeWine served four terms in the Ohio House of Representatives. There, he rose to the chamber’s 2nd-highest position as Speaker Pro Tempore and also served on the Finance and the State Government and Elections Committees, where he sponsored legislation that increased transparency and reformed Ohio’s campaign finance laws.
Prior to his public service, Mr. DeWine spent 20 years in a variety of supervisory capacities including government affairs, economic development, and customer service operations at Dayton Power and Light, which serves 500,000 customers in 24 counties. Mr.
DeWine holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Wright State University.
For over 23 years, she served as the vice president for strategic partnerships and business development for Dayton Children’s Hospital. She managed the hospital’s highly successful business development efforts and strategic partnerships. She developed the nationally recognized public affairs and advocacy program; developed the referral physician program and community outreach efforts and as well as leading marketing, strategic planning and Foundation Services. She is a very active community advocate and has served on many boards over the past 30 years. Currently she serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Pink Ribbon Girls and Greene Inc and as a board member for two private corporations. In addition, Vicki serves the City of Beavercreek as an elected official to the City Council and was selected by Governor John Kasich to serve on his Executive Workforce Task Force Board. She has earned Fellow status in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board certified in health care administration; and earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Dayton.
Among the numerous awards she has received in recent years are the following:
Dayton Business Journal Power 50 2015
Dayton Business Journal 50 Most Influential Women Award 2014
Dayton Business Journal 40 under 40 Hall of Fame 2014
Women in Business Networking 2014 Top Woman to Watch
Communicator of the Year, Dayton Chapter,
Public Relations Society of America, 2009
Woman of the Year, Leukemia Lymphoma Society Southwestern Ohio, 2008
Alumni of Distinction Award, University of Dayton, 2008
Women of Influence Award, YWCA, 2001
Top 10 Woman, Dayton Daily News, 2000
40 Under 40 Leadership Award, Dayton Business News, 1998
Executive Vice President
After graduating from the University of Kentucky Russ moved to DC and began his career on Capitol Hill working for the US House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. He eventually ended up working in the Subcommittee on Aviation and participated in drafting reauthorization language for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the late 2000’s. After 3 years in the House, Russ accepted a position with in the FAA’s Office of Government & Industry Affairs and spent another 3 years learning the ins and outs of the federal regulatory process. In 2011 Russ and his wife, Quin, decided it was time to move back to Ohio and landed in Dayton. He spent a few years working in the family furniture business but couldn’t resist the urge to get back into government relations and joined CBD Advisors in 2014.Outside of work, Russ and Quin serve on the Dayton Art Institutes Associate Board and will be Chairing Oktoberfest 2015. Aside from that, they can usually be found chasing their young son around the house.
A Chicago native, Emma Cardone came aboard CBD Advisors as a full time associate in June of 2016, after interning throughout her senior year of college. Emma attended the University of Dayton, where she graduated magna cum laude with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Economics. Beginning her work in the public sector as an intern at the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Emma participated in an academic internship semester through The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. She then went on to gain experience in the energy industry by working public affairs and government relations for a natural gas liquids company outside of Chicago. She was a member of the 2015 cohort of the University of Dayton’s Statehouse Civic Scholars Fellowship, which landed her a position at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio—allowing her to gain deeper understanding and passion for Ohio’s energy landscape. Emma served as President for the UD Women in Business Organization and as a Committee Chair of UD Human Rights Week. She now lives in Columbus, OH where she is excited to further develop her skills in communications, issue advocacy, public policy, government relations, and business development as well as expand her network of colleagues, mentors, and influencers.
Mathew J. Konkler serves as a senior advisor, national security, for CBD Advisors. As an expert in the national security and unmanned systems sectors, Mr. Konkler consults with an impressive list of global clients, primarily focusing on strategic planning, tactical business development and public affairs.
From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Konkler served as the executive director for the National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO) and as senior advisor for national security to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).
From 2009 to 2011, Konkler served as a program manager with Raytheon Company, where he focused specifically on business development within emerging international markets, primarily in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Konkler’s international business development efforts won Raytheon millions in sales contracts with foreign governments and industry in less than eighteen months.
In 2001, Konkler received a Presidential appointment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, where he served two Secretaries of Defense, the honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld and the honorable Robert M. Gates. He has traveled to 119 countries in support of the U.S. armed services, including numerous visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as extensive travel throughout the NATO alliance.
Prior to the Defense Department, Mr. Konkler was employed at the corporate headquarters of U.S. Airways group in Arlington, Va., where he managed and developed corporate accounts on the east coast. Mr Konkler’s largest client was the National Football League (NFL), which resulted in significant sustainable revenue for U.S. Airways group.
Konkler is a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute, board member at Mid-America Science Park, a member of the Indiana Aerospace & Defense Council (IADC), a member of the Indiana State University College of Technology board of advisors, vice president – Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (IN chapter) and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He is a two time recipient of the United States Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. Konkler graduated in 1995 with honors from Oakland City University, Oakland City, Ind., and earned an MBA and Master of Management from ORU in Tulsa, Okla.
After graduating from Bluffton University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a licensure to teach high school social studies, Matt first began his political career as a campaign field representative for former Speaker of the House John Boehner. For the next six years he continued to rise through the ranks, serving as the Speaker’s Grassroots Coordinator, Director of Campaign Operations, and finally served as the Campaign Manager until the end of 2015.
Having served six years as a close and trusted advisor to the former Speaker of the House, Matt was responsible for a wide array of responsibilities that included raising the funds for and managing multi-million dollar budgets, recruiting and organizing thousands of volunteers, meeting with donors and community leaders, coordinating efforts between various campaigns, creating and implementing effective political strategies, and provided consultation to campaigns and elected officials at the local, state, statewide, and federal levels.
Ferguson provides CBD Advisors and our clients with a profoundly unique experience in ground-up organizing techniques and strategies, coalition building, network development, communications, and fundraising.
Outside of work, Matt volunteers as social studies tutor, is active in the West Chester Community Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America, and is a little league baseball coach for the Cincinnati Riverbats organization.
Robin Robbins served 18 years in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard, retiring as a Personnel Service Non-Commissioned Office at the Support Group level. Her work included managing 14 companies’ and their personnel actions. After retirement she worked with the troops and families of her region, coordinating resources within her 11 county district. Robin also spent 5 years working with a CPA. Her well-rounded experience ensures that day-to-day operations at CBD Advisors run smoothly.