Marty Fiorentino, Partner
Marty Fiorentino is President of The Fiorentino Group, one of the largest and most recognized government affairs and business development firms in the state of Florida. He provides expertise to clients on a wide variety of issues including transportation and infrastructure, maritime, local government, telecommunications, appropriations matters, and health care. In addition to his government relations role, Marty is also very active in local, state, and national politics. He was named one of the “Florida 500”, a group of the 500 most influential executives in the state, by Florida Trend Magazine in 2018 and 2019.
Prior to forming The Fiorentino Group, Marty served Of Counsel to the law firm of Holland & Knight, and as Special Counsel to CSX Corporation. From 1995 to 1999, he served as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for CSX Transportation. At CSX he was responsible for managing and directing the company’s internal and external communications. This included public affairs, crisis communications, marketing communications, and media and community relations throughout a 22-state service territory. Prior to CSX he was an attorney with the former Seaboard System Railroad.
In 1989, Marty served in the administration of President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C. There, he served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Railroad Administration, where he was a senior advisor to the Federal Railroad Administrator and managed the daily operations of the agency. In 1990, he became Counselor to Deputy Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. In that capacity, he served on the senior staff of the Secretary of Transportation, providing advice on a variety of significant legal, regulatory, policy, program, safety, and legislative issues.
In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Marty to a four-year term on the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), where he served as Chairman of the Board. JAXPORT managed Jacksonville’s three seaports and four airports, including the Jacksonville International Airport. In 2001, Marty led the successful effort to restructure the JPA into two separate authorities – the Jacksonville Seaport Authority and Jacksonville Airport Authority. Afterward, Governor Bush appointed Marty to the Jacksonville Seaport Authority, where he was elected its first chairman of the board.
From January to April 2017, Marty served in a consulting role as Senior Advisor to the United States Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Active in politics, Marty has consistently been one of the largest political fundraisers in the state of Florida. Marty is also active in the community, having served on the Board of Directors of Baptist Beaches Medical Center, Florida TaxWatch, the Florida Governor’s Mansion Foundation, Florida Gubernatorial Fellows Program, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization, Alliance for World Class Education, Board of Trustees of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Jacksonville Mayor’s Film and Television Advisory Board.
In 1996, Marty served on the Presidential Search Advisory Committee for the University of North Florida. He was a recipient of the Annual Philanthropy Day Award from the local chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives for his work as Chairman of the Baptist Health System Foundation in 1997. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Mercer Law School.
In 1988, he was appointed by Governor Bob Martinez to the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. In 1998, Marty served on the Transition Team for then Governor-elect Jeb Bush, leading the team on Boards and Commissions.
Marty received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Mercer University. He is an honorary member of Florida Blue Key and is a member of the Florida Bar. He is married to WJXT 4 News anchor Mary Baer. Together they have four children and one grandchild.