Tallahassee, FL – A new national consulting firm will convert insights into impact and help businesses and organizations grow and thrive as they navigate increasingly complex governmental waters.

The creation of TSG Advisors — a multi-disciplinary firm strategically aligned with The Southern Group — brings together unparalleled talent from both government and the private sector to provide deep expertise and strategic thinking to clients across the country.

TSG Advisors will focus initially on two key industry segments — education and public safety — and will serve clients through services that go far beyond influencing and advising on  public policy:

  • Market research and analysis
  • C-suite and executive consulting
  • Go-to-market strategy and market positioning
  • Grant development, resource allocation planning and strategy
  • RFP response strategy, development, and evaluation
  • Project management and oversight

TSG Advisors was born out of a market need for strategic advisory services.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a surge in clients seeking advisory and consulting services,” said The Southern Group’s Managing Partner Rachel Cone. “TSG Advisors allows for the separation of advocacy from consulting to better tailor services to the needs of clients. As the public policy landscape and regulatory environment gets more and more complex, organizations and businesses need subject-matter experts to help them adapt and advance,” Cone said.

TSG Advisors-Education will be led by Sheela VanHoose, who brings more than 15 years of experience advising and advocating for clients nationwide. Having developed public policy strategies for organizations like Code.org, Charter Schools USA, and Broward County Public Schools, Sheela is an education thought leader and advocate. Joining Sheela are Dr. Henry Mack, former Florida Department of Education Senior Chancellor, who will lead Higher Education, and Wendy Dodge, former Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for Polk County Public Schools, who will lead K-12.

“Whether you’re facing an organizational challenge or trying to work through policy implementation, you want an advisor who has been in your shoes,” said VanHoose. “Someone who has played a role in shaping policy and worked with legislators and department heads. That’s what the team at TSG Advisors brings to the table. + Add New Category

“Each of our consultants has been on the front lines of their respective industries for decades.”

The TSG Advisors-Public Safety team will be led by Jason Fuqua, formerly Vice President of Sales for RapidDeploy — a national, integrated emergency response platform — and Director of Professional Services at Inspired Technologies. Rounding out the Public Safety team are two additional strategists with both national and international experience: Andy Patrick, who has held positions with the U.S. Air Force, New York Air National Guard, New York State Police, U.S. Secret Service, and South Carolina House of Representatives, and DeWitt Zemp, who served as a Presidential Appointee working on security and cybersecurity issues.

“The Public Safety industry is experiencing complete reform. Outdated systems such as 911 call centers are being overhauled. This opens the door for organizations and businesses to be a part of the industry’s rebirth,” said Fuqua.  “I’ve dedicated the last 10 years of my career working with governments and elected officials across the country to understand their public safety needs, and I will bring that same dedication to my clients at TSG Advisors.”

With a team that combines local and national reach, TSG Advisors is poised to serve clients across the country. In addition, the strategic alliance with The Southern Group allows the firm to tap into a network of influential experts in an array of industries and geographies.

“The team at TSG Advisors includes leaders that are recognized by elected officials and CEOs of national organizations. The firm’s winning formula of industry expertise, technical knowledge, and influential relationships will translate to impactful results,” said Paul Bradshaw, The Southern Group Founder and Chairman.    


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