JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After several sessions of lobbying for the state’s firefighters council, Mark Habbas will be joining Steve Tilley’s Strategic Capital Consulting Firm. Habbas has represented the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters since 2008. In his new capacity, he will continue to represent the firefighters in the St. Louis metro area along with additional clients.
“I wanted to work with someone who I felt has the same drive and energy as I do,” Habbas told The Missouri Times. “Steve’s work ethic is second to none! Steve gives every client he has 100 percent and that is important.”
Former Speaker of the Missouri House, Steven Tilley, started the Strategic Capital Consulting Firm after leaving the General Assembly and has gone on to acquire some of the biggest marquee clients in the state, including Anheuser-Busch, AFL-CIO, ExpressScripts, Fred Webber, and Fair Energy Rate Action Fund.
“Mark is a tremendous addition to my firm and will be a benefit to my clients,” Tilley said. “He is highly respected, effective, and admired in the Capitol”.
Legislators agree that Habbas’ addition to Strategic Capitol Consulting will be a great move for some of Missouri’s largest interests.
“I first got to know Mark during the special election where i was elected to the senate, and during a very difficult time for Republicans, Mark and the firefighters were all-in to help me in my election,” Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St. Peters) said. “Some people say they are all-in its in name only, but Mark is a person who truly is. I wish him well in his new endeavor I know he will be successful.”
“For the past several years, I have gotten to know Mark in his role with the state firefighters and he has always been professional, straight forward, and honest,” said Senator Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) “Steve Tilley has proven himself to be a very effective lobbyist on behalf of his clients. I anticipate Mark being an asset across both sides of aisle.”
“Mark Habbas will be a great asset to Steve Tilley’s firm,” Rep. Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield) said. “I’ve worked with Mark over the past four years and he is a smart and hardworking guy. Steve is lucky to have him on board and their clients will undoubtedly be the beneficiaries of another strong advocate.”
“It’s great to see two people who already have great businesses in their own right join forces for what I am sure will allow them to represent their clients in greater capacity,” said Rep. Caleb Jones (R-California).
“Mark and Steve will make a great team,” said Rep. Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City). They are both straight shoots with years of unique experiences. I trust them both and look forward to working with them.”