Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Kim Brunson has held the position of Recycle and Solid Waste Program Manager since 2007. In this capacity, she is responsible for companywide recycling and disposal services for more than 1,076 retail grocery stores in six states, as well as Publix’s manufacturing, distribution centers and support facilities.
Brunson began her Publix career in 1981, as a part-time cashier at Publix Store #001 in Winter Haven, Florida. While working on her degree in computer science, she made the transition from the retail environment to Publix’s Data Processing department, where she enjoyed the balance of working with people and systems. Her skills were put into action during the company’s move to consolidated buying. She later built and implemented a company-wide emergency response program and became a champion for business disruption preparedness. That experience led to her transition into the area of regulatory compliance, implementing processes and controls for various regulatory requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payments Card Industry (PCI) and Technical Guidelines 3 (TG3).
Her current role as Recycle and Solid Waste Manager has allowed her to reconnect with the retail operations of the company, while building and implementing programs for Publix. Her motto is “We turn trash into cash!” Focusing on reusing and recycling, the company’s recycle rate has continued to increase each year.
Brunson has a reputation for turning problems into solutions and creating better processes that bring financial value to the bottom line.
“I love a challenge, and I have a passion for solving problems,” said Brunson. “I got my start in a Publix store, so my greatest satisfaction is now being in a position to support our retail stores.” Currently, Brunson resides in Lakeland where she enjoys entertaining and spending time with friends and family, attending First Baptist at the Mall, as well as raising orchids and roses. Her daughter Laura, is also a Publix associate.
With a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College and more than 30 years of grocery retail experience, one thing has remained the same – her desire to serve her customers and to continue to make Publix a great place to work and shop.
Steven J Lezman
Senior Director, Government Affairs
Steve Lezman is PepsiCo’s Senior Director Government Affairs based in Bradenton Florida. Steve has 27 years’ experience with PepsiCo including Government Affairs, Environmental Affairs, Public Relations, Plant Operations Management, Facility Planning, and Engineering. Steve’s responsibilities include state and local government affairs in ten states assisting all the PepsiCo brands including Tropicana, Frito Lay, Pepsi Cola, Quaker and Gatorade. Steve also was a Plant Engineer for Ore Ida Foods in Michigan.
Steve has a Chemical Engineering Degree from the University of Michigan.
Director of Government Relations
International Bottled Water Association
With nearly 30 years in the public affairs arena, James P. (J.P.) Toner, Jr. is Director of Government Relations for the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA), where he handles state and local government relations and lobbying and management of the IBWA PAC. In this role, J.P. testifies on legislation, authors comments, works with state and local government organizations, and monitors state and local legislative and regulatory activity across the country on behalf of the association and its members.
Prior to joining IBWA, J.P. was Manager of External Affairs at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of the nation’s shareholder-owned utility companies. In this role, J.P. manages grassroots activities, Internet advocacy and state and local government group relationships for the association.
J.P. worked as Director of Grassroots Consulting for Aristotle, an international public affairs consulting firm, supporting clients in their efforts to improve their grassroots, PAC and advocacy programs.
He came to Aristotle after four years as Manager of Political Involvement Programs at the Public Affairs Council (PAC), the country’s premier association for public affairs professionals. At PAC, J.P. was a resource for grassroots, community involvement, corporate philanthropy and international public affairs for the Council’s members.
J.P.’s first position in the Washington DC area was as a Manager of Legislative Services at Stateside Associates, a state legislative monitoring and issues management firm in Arlington, VA. Prior to moving to the area, J.P. worked for several public and private organizations and specialized in the fields of public affairs, public relations, media relations, community involvement, grassroots organization and campaign work.
Florida Goodwill Association (FGA)
Jeremy Miller serves as the President for the Florida Goodwill Association (FGA), an alliance of the Goodwill Organizations in Florida. Prior to coming to FGA, Miller served as the Director of Government Affairs, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) – creating and implementing active legislative strategy as well as providing leadership and support to the statewide government relations, public affairs and funding initiatives for 6 states in BGCA’s southeast region and securing $12 million annually in state funding.
Miller comes to Florida by way of the Washington Beltway where he served under the Governor’s Office as a Federal Policy Analyst and Emergency Management Officer for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Miller was crucial in coordinating an alliance with various transportation modes (Maryland Port Administration, Maryland Transit Administration and Maryland Aviation Administration (Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport) to establish MDOT’s legislative priorities and to help secure appropriations for the State’s transportation, emergency management, and homeland security initiatives.
Miller also served as Director of Legislative & Public Affairs for the Navy League of the United States in Arlington, VA lobbying Congress and meeting with the administration on key issues for an 80,000 membership organization. Miller initiated the Navy League’s involvement to help legislate the need for full funding for three key Marine Corps programs; support for the Coast Guard’s billion dollar Deepwater project; increase shipbuilding for the Navy as well as procurement of funds for the SSGN conversion, DD(X) and overall operations and maintenance.
Miller started his career in government affairs for Rep. Ernest Istook, Jr. (OK-05) and then as a Legislative Assistant for the Rep. Jim Nussle (IA-01) in Washington, D.C. Serving as the direct liaison between the House Budget Committee and the congressional office on issues effecting Iowa and the Midwest – Miller was responsible for researching, analyzing and advising the Congressman on issues including appropriations, banking, budget, defense, commerce, foreign affairs, judiciary, technology, transportation and ways and means.
Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A & M University and has served as the direct liaison to the National Capital Region Transportation Policy Board, the Washington Council of Governments and the National Capital Planning Council. He also served as the direct liaison/representative to the Military Coalition, the Navy/Marine Corps Council, the Coast Guard and Navy/Marine Corps Caucus’ in the House of Representatives, the congressional/legislative affairs offices of: the Department of Defense and the 4 military services, the Department of Transportation, the Veterans’ Administration, the Maritime Administration and the NOAA Corps.