Our Team

Stanton Bradford Smith

Chief Storyteller | Partner

Stanton “Stan” Bradford Smith has built extensive Public Affairs, Government Relations, Investor Relations and Communications Marketing experience through his involvement in the political, governmental, professional sports and corporate arenas.

A veteran of private enterprise and charity involvement, Mr. Smith is the Co-Founder of iShareFreely, a SaaS platform company focused on surveys and quizzes for the smartphone.  He also serves as Chief Content Officer at Paton Marketing.

Smith is active in the charitable arena as the Chairman Emeritus of the AT&T Florida Classic raising over eight Million Dollars for Cystic Fibrosis since 1996.  Smith also Co-Founded and serves on the board of Thank You First Responder, a 501 (c) (3) dedicated to thanking and honoring our nation’s heroes.

He formerly headed up the conceptualization, brand creation and media rollout of MyFlorida.com the State of Florida’s Official Web Portal. The MyFlorida brand now appears on over 30 million auto license plates.

Previously, he served as Director of Communications at Huizenga Holdings, Inc. (HHI), and personal spokesman and speech writer for H. Wayne Huizenga, world renowned entrepreneur who built three Fortune 500 companies; Waste Management, Blockbuster and AutoNation. Smith handled media relations and internal communications between HHI and five NYSE public companies, various private companies and the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins sports franchises.

Prior to working for Mr. Huizenga, Smith held a number of positions in the public affairs arena, including Director of Communications for the Florida Department of State in 1995, and Press Secretary and spokesman for the Florida Republican Party from 1989 until 1992. He also served as Communications Field Advisor in 11 southern states for the Republican National Committee under the late Chairman Lee Atwater in 1989 and played a lead role in the 1989 special election of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen as the first Cuban-American member elected the U.S. House of Representatives.

Smith is the former Kentucky Communications Director for George H.W. Bush’s 1988 campaign for President. Prior to that he served as a writer, narrator and publicist for Kentucky Educational Television and is a 1986 graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois.

Smith received his first Associate Producer credit for a feature length film for “Fatboy The Movie” released in 2005 and is active in the Florida Association of Broadcasters. A student of politics since birth, he inherits his love and participation in public affairs from his Grandfather, Sherman Smith who was part “Hatfield” and served as Sheriff of Logan County, West Virginia presiding over the end of the famed Hatfield and McCoy battle. Stan is the son of the late Dr. Sherman B. Smith, a family doctor, who practiced medicine in Noble County, Ohio delivering 2,000 babies in ten years and serving for 26 years as an elected County Coroner.

Ronald L. Polito [AKA RonO]

Chief Convergence Officer | Partner

RonO’s vast experience in Production, Event Management, Advertising and Digital Convergence creates a dynamic combination that has helped him to earn recognition as one of the pioneers of today’s technology revolution.

As a respected member of the production, advertising and technology community, RonO has advised staff at Oprah’s Harpo Productions, about how to incorporate interactive media, future IT strategy, and Dconvergent technology into the various media channels of their business.

During the Presidential Campaign of 2000, the State of Florida hired RonO to produce the State of Technology address for Governor Jeb Bush. Through the use of interactive media, live webcasting and Dconvergent technology, this media event allowed the world to see why the State of Florida has become the leader in utilizing the latest in technology to run state government.

Before this event, Mr. Polito produced a full-scale public relations campaign, along with a national media event, that simultaneously, branded and launched MyFlorida.com as the official state portal for Florida’s citizens and state employees to interact with state government.

Over the years, RonO’s creative, technical and management skills are sought after by advertising agencies BBDO/Chicago, Chiat Day, DDB Needham, and others, to act as Producer to create commercials for  McDonald’s, Kahlua, Chevy, Equal, KFC, Sears, and Sony, just to name a few.

Previously, RonO served as Executive Producer for Swell, where from 1988 until 1998, he guided a small business into a multimillion dollar enterprise. His leadership and innovation with marketing, facility management, and technology implementation, transformed Swell to become the leader of the post production community of Chicago.

In the early 1990s, before the concept of nonlinear editing was accepted and understood in the advertising and film community, RonO forged the trail with a company called AVID Technology, which is now the standard by which most films, music videos, commercials and television shows are creatively edited. Becoming one of the first to embrace and incorporate the idea of creatively editing commercials and films with a computer, Ron led the way to placing the technology into the mainstream of the Chicago production and advertising market.

Currently, RonO also serves as Chief Technology Officer for Be Strong, Executive Producer of RainUp and Pivotal Pictures in Chicago, Co-Founder of the Thank You First Responder Organization. He is also well-known in the music industry as a Tour, Production or Stage Manager for acts such as Ezra Furman and the Harpoons, The Redwalls, The Fray, Liz Phair, The Freddy Jones Band, Andrew Bird and The Whigs.

John Wehrung

Political Operations Director

John Wehrung is a political consultant with 25 years of experience in campaign management and public relations.  John is a well-renowned political operative who has worked for numerous national, state and local campaigns organizations (including Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Texas and California) providing management and advice on strategy and tactics in the election arena.

Prior to becoming a consultant, John Wehrung served as Staff Director for the RNC General Counsel’s Office during his tenure from 1990-1993 and became State House Campaign Director and eventually Political Director at the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) – the most successful GOP era in Florida history (1993-1999).  John is best known for being the architect of the first Republican Majority in the Florida House since 1872.

The RPOF success was due to an unprecedented team effort that relied heavily on Mr. Wehrung’s uncanny ability to accurately gauge public opinion and coordinate multi-platform campaign activities.  In addition, John created a record fundraising operation that saw the State House Campaign Committee budget rise from $1 million to $4 million in one election cycle, which allowed for an extraordinary level of campaign resources to be deployed.

As a political commentator and spokesman, John Wehrung has appeared in state and local newspapers and on the Florida News Channel.  Mr. Wehrung was also a featured columnist in Florida Business Insight Magazine and has experience in government relations and in social media as a conservative activist.  John is also recognized as a talented television and radio producer, as well as an award-winning leader in all forms of modern commercial advertising.

In addition, John is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of Tampa, currently serving as Vice-Chairman of the Public Relations Committee; Vice-Chairman on the Community Service; and founding member of the Military Committee, helping transitioning veterans find gainful employment in the Tampa Bay area.