Ballard Partners sets up in Turkey

One of Capitol Hill’s biggest businesses is heading to the city of Seven Hills.

Ballard Partners announced on Tuesday that she is moving to Istanbul, Turkey, and former Amb. Matt Briza – the company’s latest hire – was tapped to run the office. Former US Representative. Robert WexlerWho leads the DC office of Ballard Partnerswill act as a special adviser to the cabinet contingent in Turkey.

“Ambassador Bryza has had a distinguished and long diplomatic career in Turkey and throughout the region and is uniquely qualified to open our office in Turkey,” said Brian Ballard, president and founder of the company. “Robert’s experience as one of Congress’ top experts on Turkish domestic and foreign affairs makes him the ideal partner for Ambassador Bryza in Istanbul.”

The company said establishing a presence in Turkey will help it connect its large US customer base with Turkish businesses to foster new business partnerships.

Bryza has over two decades of experience in diplomacy. He served as United States Ambassador to Azerbaijan from February 2011 to January 2012. From 2005 to 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia and Director of Staff for the National Security Council at the White House, responsible for the South Caucasus, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Eurasian energy.

He simultaneously served as the American co-chairman of the Minsk group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), mediator of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and American mediator of the conflicts of Cyprus, South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Wexler, a Democrat, represented Florida’s 19th congressional district from 1997 to 2010. While in the U.S. House, Wexler co-founded the U.S.-Turkey Relations Caucus and the Congressional Study Group on Turkey. He has been part of numerous Congressional delegations to the Middle East and has met with the leaders of Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, Turkey, Syria, Morocco, UAE Arab States, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and the Palestinian Authority.

In 2008, Wexler was then a candidate barack obamaadvisor to the Middle East and Israel. In 2012, he served on the president’s re-election steering committee and addressed the Democratic National Convention outlining the president’s policies regarding Israel.

Ballard Partners’ office in Turkey will be its second international location. In 2020, the Florida-based government affairs firm opened an office in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is also the main lobbying and public relations firm for several national governments, most recently accept a contract to manage communications and lobbying for Guatemala.

Ballard Partners has long been one of Florida’s highest earning firms, with quarterly reports consistently exceeding the $5 million level. Under the Trump administration, it also quickly became one of the top federal lobbying firms. The bipartisan business has remained one of the highest-earning businesses on Capitol Hill since Democrats took control of the presidency and Congress.

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