Jason P. Watkins
Prior to entering public service, Jason Watkins owned and operated security and fire alarm dealerships throughout the mid-west for ADT Security. SecureAmerica had seven offices covering nine states and employed over 300 people in the central United States. The dealership, headquartered in Wichita, was often the number one ADT dealership in North America. SecureAmerica won the Wichita Metro Awards in 1999 and still holds the Metro Awards record for the fastest growing privately held company in Metro Awards history. While in the alarm business Watkins also chaired and vice-chaired the ADT International Dealer Council.
Watkins sold his alarm companies and other business interests after his election to the Kansas Legislature in 2004. Jason served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives. During his time in the legislature Watkins served as a member of the Judiciary and Utilities and Energy Committees as well as vice chair of the Appropriations Committee and chairman of the General Government Budget Committee. He also held various party leadership positions including vice chair of the Republican House Campaign Committee, as well as the Brownback for Governor Campaign’s budget advisor.
After leaving public service in 2010, Watkins served as the director of government affairs for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce. During his four years with the Chamber, Watkins has elevated the stature of the Chamber to being one of the most influential interests groups in the state of Kansas. Watkins has significantly grown the Wichita Chamber PAC to the point that it now participates in elections across the state of Kansas. In the 2012 election cycle the Wichita Chamber PAC was among the top 10 political action committees in the state. These efforts have allowed the Chamber and other groups represented by Watkins to experience tremendous success in terms of implementing their policy and political agendas at the state and local levels.
Scott J. Schneider J.D.
Scott Schneider began his career on Governor Bill Graves’ statehouse staff and then moved on to work on the campaign team where he managed the grassroots operation for the statewide effort. He subsequently worked at McGill, Gaches and Associates, a contract-lobbying firm, where he served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel and provided other internal government affairs services.
Scott is a licensed attorney having obtained his law degree from Washburn School of Law in 2003 and recently held an internal position of Director of Government Affairs at Cox Communications. He directed the cable franchise negotiations and managed utility rights-of-way and pole attachment contracts across a two-state region. He then founded Schneider Public Strategies L.L.C. on the principals of his strong work ethic and a commitment to maintaining a strong duty of loyalty to his clients. Scott has managed a portfolio of diverse issues and has built broad relationships in Kansas. He has performed contract work for both professional organizations and worked for some of the largest corporations in the world including Shell Oil, a Wal-Mart and Dillons coalition.
Scott has been an active member of the community having served six years in the Army National Guard as a helicopter electrician and on several local boards including the Sedgwick County Zoological Society, the Kansas African-American Museum. He has also served on profesional organizations including the Kansas Cable and Telecommunications Association and the Leadership Kansas programs.