John Kabateck, Senior Counsel

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” -Vince Lombardi

john-225x300John has enjoyed nearly twenty-five years of leadership with strategic coalition development and implementation in California’s public policy and political arenas, with an emphasis on the full spectrum of business and job creator sectors. He is helping Perry Communications and our clients with development of key coalitions, grassroots and media strategies.

For eight years, John served as California Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, California’s and the nation’s leading organization serving only small businesses, where was responsible for the recruitment, outreach and involvement of upwards of 23,000 small and independent business owners from retail, restaurants, agriculture and other key sectors. He has led successful efforts to protect small businesses from higher taxes, including split roll/Prop 13 reform, frivolous “shakedown” lawsuits, and over-regulation, and was involved in aggressive ballot and legislative efforts during his eight years at NFIB. As Legislative Director and Vice President of the California Restaurant Association, John lead successful efforts to mobilize small business restaurateurs and their employees to engage in statewide campaigns addressing such small business issues as meal and rest periods, minimum wage and paid sick leave. John’s State Capitol experience includes service as senior staff to two California Governors and as Chief of Staff to a ranking member of the Assembly.

John is a graduate of the University of Southern California and volunteers at the U.C. Davis Medical Center/Shriners Hospital. When he isn’t helping PCG and others with strategic coalition and grassroots strategies, he enjoys spending time jogging, playing jazz piano and watching movies and local sports teams with his wife and two children.