Friday, December 2, 2011

Boston's Future Leaders Profile: George Atanasov

George K. Atanasov
Vice President of Government Relations and Counsel, ML Strategies, LLC
Associate, Mintz Levin

Education
George is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. He received his B.A. in Political Science and Communications, cum laude, from Boston College and his J.D., cum laude, as a Trustee Merit Scholar from Suffolk University Law School’s Evening Division.

Brief Bio
George is Vice President of Government Relations and Counsel at ML Strategies, and an associate at Mintz Levin. As a Massachusetts lobbyist, George closely monitors legislative, policy, and political issues at the state and local levels, and he helps clients develop and implement advocacy plans. George also focuses his practice on the Massachusetts laws related to lobbying, ethics and campaign finance, particularly as they apply to state government affairs activity.

What do you like most about your job?
I like the fact that no two days are ever the same. I get to help clients from a broad spectrum of industries navigate government and politics, which is a landscape that is always changing.

Who do you admire in the business world?
The late Mr. Richard Mintz. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his clients but his most admirable quality to me was that he took the time to connect with people on a very personal level.

If you could have any job in Boston, besides your own, what would it be and why?
Tom Brady can never have too many Wide Receiver options, right?

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still in the government relations and lobbying industry—with a big foot in compliance. Isolated incidents of political corruption and changes to lobbying laws will challenge the industry to make positive changes, and I think that government relations compliance officers will lead the effort in the years ahead.

Favorite place or way to unwind after a long day?I’m a runner and I find it to be a great way to unwind. I sometimes escape from the office for a run to Castle Island.

What reading material is on your nightstand right now?
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. The Big Short was my first Lewis book. I loved it and have been trying to catch up on all his works since.

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1 comment:

  1. George is a great person to work with and has an unparalleled understanding of the political process at the state and local level.

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