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
A native of upstate New York, Sophie Anderson came aboard CBD Advisors as a full time associate in May of 2019. Sophie attended The Ohio State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy Analysis and minor in Criminal Justice Studies. During her time at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, she worked as a research assistant under a grant issued by The U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct research on the role of governance in improving disaster resilience in major metropolitan areas, assisting in the development of a final research paper published in 2017. Sophie began her work in the public sector as a legislative intern in the Ohio House of Representatives. She then worked as a government affairs intern for The Success Group. Sophie is an active member of Ohio Women in Government and a financial literacy volunteer at US Together, a local refugee resettlement program. She now lives in Columbus, Ohio where she is excited to further develop her skills in communications, issue advocacy, public policy, and government relations as well as expand her network of colleagues, mentors, and influencers.