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Patrick Atagi
Managing Partner
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Greg Bocchi
Partner

Patrick Atagi is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Atagi served as a Legislative Assistant under United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield (Oregon), then Chairman of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee.

Atagi represents association positions in front of international, federal and state officials, industry groups, and other associations. Atagi has his State Government Affairs Professional Certificate from the State Government Affairs Council. He is skilled in managing nonprofit organizations, working with Board of Directors and Executive Committees, annual meeting management and planning, governmental affairs, and media/ communications.

 

Atagi previously worked for the US Apple Association, UnitedFresh, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), been the Secretariat for the World Chlorine Council, and the American Chemistry Council. He is currently the Board Chair of the National Industrial Hemp Council (NIHC).

Atagi is a strong business development professional and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and University of Maryland MBA program.

Greg Bocchi is an association executive with 30 years of extensive management experience in all phases of non-profit operations. His expertise includes strategic planning, programs and budget development, financial management, industry statistics/reports, conference and trade show management, communications and industry promotion, executive committee and board management, and management of standards development and technical programs.

 

Greg also has a strong background in industry advocacy, including federal and state legislative and regulatory lobbying, along with building collaborative working relationships with international associations.

 

Greg was promoted to the position of Managing Partner in 2014 and has been a partner in the firm since 2011. He served as President & CEO of The Vinyl Institute from 2008-2011. Prior to that he was the Executive Director of The Powder Coating Institute from 1984-2008. 

 

Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Production/Operations Management from Washington State University. Residing in Fairfax Station, Virginia with his wife and son, Greg enjoys an occasional round of golf and supporting his son’s high school soccer and lacrosse teams.

Steve Gardner
Partner
Larry Farnsworth
Partner

Steve Gardner most recently served as the Corn Refiner Association's second-ranking executive and Corporate Secretary. He provided leadership, management and vision to ensure that CRA has the necessary operational controls, administrative, and people systems in place to effectively grow the organization, ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency.

Over the course of Steve’s career, he’s held senior communications positions at the American Chemistry Council, the Aluminum Association and the US Pharmacopeial Convention. He has led industry-wide programs in reputation management, chemical plant security, sustainability, packaging, recycling, transportation, and more. He managed the Chinese Premier’s visit to the USP facility in Shanghai in 2015 and has spoken at industry conferences throughout the US and in Mexico, Brazil, India, and the UK. Most recently, Steve was the COO for Crosby-Volmer International Communications.

A native of the great state of Maine, Steve can discern a real lobster roll from a pretender, point out the weaknesses of Maine accents in all popular entertainment and defend his long-standing admiration of the New England Patriots.

Steve serves as the Vice Chair of the Board at Historic Congressional Cemetery and resides on Capitol Hill with his wife and two dogs.

Larry Farnsworth is a communications executive with nearly 20 years of experience telling the stories of political leaders and industry experts, managing people and shaping outcomes of the political process.

His experience managing public affairs campaigns and the teams that execute them have been recognized by peer-reviewed journals and the leading trade organization of the public relations industry. A grassroots campaign conceptualized by Farnsworth on behalf of a major health care trade association was labeled by the Columbia University’s School of Journalism as a best practice in how to use the media to affect public policy outcomes.

 

For another major trade association in the technology and broadcast space, Farnsworth developed a campaign plan and then hired the team to manage the day-to-day execution. That campaign’s metrics eventually led it to be nominated for a Silver Anvil Award by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which is one of the most prestigious awards in the public relations industry.

While in Congressional leadership, Farnsworth handled media logistics and photo opportunities for the Speaker of the House, including three State of the Unions, media coverage of the Reagan Funeral, Joint Meetings of Congress and over 75 appearances with foreign dignitaries who visited the United States Capitol. He also worked on the Congressional response to the Target and Neiman Marcus data breach, the General Motors ignition switch recall and the Takata air bag recall.