Michael Best Strategies LLC (MBS) is pleased to announce Robert J. Marchant has joined the organization as the Director of Governmental Affairs. In this role, Marchant will manage the day-to-day operations of MBS, assisting President and former Wisconsin State Senator Ted Kanavas in developing long-term strategy, while also focusing on implementing short-term business goals.
“As an attorney with 15 years of legislative and administrative experience, Rob has intimate knowledge of the lawmaking process in Wisconsin. He spent five years as a legislative drafter and eight years as the Chief Clerk and Director of Operations of the Wisconsin Senate—a post to which he was unanimously elected five times under Republican and Democratic majorities,” president Ted Kanavas said. “His bi-partisan experience drafting the rules of procedure for both legislative chambers and serving as Parliamentarian of the Senate gives him a unique and valuable understanding of the Legislature’s complex operations and political dynamics. Rob will play a critical role in developing high-level strategy and in helping to manage the operations of the business on a daily basis. We are delighted to have him on the Strategies team. ”
Prior to joining MBS, Marchant served as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds. In this role he oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operations, primarily covering the department’s major program areas, the Wisconsin Retirement System and the group health insurance program for state employees. Marchant also served as Chief Clerk and Director of Operations for the Wisconsin State Senate for eight years.