Principal, Capitol Strategy Group
With over 25 years of government relations and political affairs experience, Ryan Peebles is known across the country as a top operative with a keen approach to solving problems and swift decision making in crisis situations. Working at the highest levels of government, Ryan has experience with state and federal issues in both public and private sectors.
For the past 4 1/2 years Ryan served as the Director of Government Affairs for National Seating & Mobility (NSM), a leading provider in the health care industry, headquartered in Franklin, TN. He developed and implemented a nationwide strategy and communications plan, which included the collaborative management of NSM’s participation in various trade associations. In addition, Ryan launched the company’s political action committee (NSM PAC) aimed to fuel federal and state public policy initiatives and agenda.
Prior to NSM, Ryan served as President of Associated Builders and Contractors, Greater Tennessee Chapter. As the Associations’ Chief Staff Officer, Ryan was responsible for the day to day operations of the chapter, as well as the involvement and engagement of over 425-member companies from Nashville to Knoxville. Ryan oversaw the development of a comprehensive strategic plan that included the industry’s political agenda, lobbying activity, business development, education, safety training, marketing and promotion, media relations, labor relations and community service.
Before making his home in Tennessee, Ryan began his career in 1993 in Washington, D.C., serving in the private and public sectors of the federal government. Ryan served as a Senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Senate Republican Whip John Kyl (AZ), and U.S. Senate Republican Whip Trent Lott (MS) in the same role. Ryan’s keen ability to liaise and collaborate with members provided the tools he needed to assist the Whip in mobilizing Republican votes on critical issues. Ryan also served in multiple capacities for Senator Lott, including personal assistant when he was Majority Leader.
Ryan’s first lobbying assignment on the Hill was representing the nation’s largest small business trade association, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Over his 5 ½ years at NFIB, he co-chaired the Family Business Estate Tax Coalition (FBETC) fighting to permanently repeal the estate tax. Ryan continued his trade association work with global technology companies as a government affairs advocate for the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). ITI is known as the leader in the industry for developing policies, standards, and regulations that promote innovation and growth for the tech industry.
Ryan received his BS degree in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. Ryan and his wife, Mandy, live in Brentwood with their 3 children, Payne, Anne Kaiser, and Sadie.