MEET OUR TEAM.

TONY SIMON, PARTNER

Tony Simon began his political career fifteen years ago as the Political Director for a US Congressman and later as the Field Director to the Senate Minority Caucus in Georgia. Over the next four years he played a central role in helping Republicans reach a majority status in both the Senate and House earning the title of Executive Director to the Senate Majority Caucus and later Deputy Chief of Staff to the House Speakers Office.

Following his work in Georgia Simon has served as a consultant to numerous legislative campaigns, state parties and as a member of National Finance Committee to the Republican Governors Association. He also served on the National Finance Committee and as Co-Chairman to the 45th Presidential Inaugural Committee.

As the founder of ConnectSouth Public Affairs, Simon has helped lead the company’s growth efforts into a national model for comprehensive, ethical government affairs work.

Tony currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Jessica, their two daughters and son, and is an active member of Northside United Methodist Church.

PAUL BENNECKE, PARTNER

Paul’s experience reaches across all fifty states having worked with governors, legislative caucuses, party committees, federal candidates, Super PACs, ballot initiatives, Fortune 1000 companies, and not-for-profit organizations. Paul has managed over $500 million in political and issue advocacy and has directed and/or consulted for more than 80 successful campaigns.

Paul is a Partner at ConnectSouth, a multi-state public affairs firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. ConnectSouth represents a variety of Fortune 1000 companies, associations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations.

Paul recently completed four successful years as Executive Director of the Republican Governors Association. During his tenure, Republicans captured a historic high thirty-four states and raised a record $280 million. Throughout his career, Paul has helped elect sixty-one governors and served governors in 43 of the 50 states.

From 2007-2010, Paul served the Republican Governors Association (RGA) as Deputy Executive Director and Political Director where he managed RGA’s political operations including candidate recruitment, independent expenditures and candidate-committee coordination.

From 2001-2006, Paul served as Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party and Political Director for former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s successful gubernatorial campaign. He would later lead his cousin’s 2014 U.S. Senate race, David Perdue, who successfully became Georgia’s junior senator.

Paul is married to Jen Englert Bennecke who served as a special assistant to Georgia’s First Lady, ran a state agency for two governors, and now serves and/or advises on numerous charitable boards and ballot initiatives. They reside in Atlanta with their three boys: Barron (age 7), Nate (age 2) and Jackson (age 1).

BO MOORE, PARTNER

Bo Moore focuses on complex regulatory affairs and procurement issues in the State of Georgia and Southeast. He has worked on legislative affairs issues in Georgia for more than 20 years. Prior to joining ConnectSouth, Bo led the State Government Affairs practice at McKenna, Long and Aldridge, now Dentons, in Atlanta for almost 12 years. He has managed regulatory solutions for clients, such as DuPont, Southwest Airlines, Ford Motor Company; the Atlanta Falcons, Southwire, Xerox, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Cisco, CA, Nextera Energy, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia-Pacific, Northside Hospital and IGT, just to name a few. He regularly represents numerous Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, healthcare companies, trade associations, technology companies and other businesses that interact with State governments on a regular basis. He currently serves on the Republican Governor’s Association National Finance Committee and remains active in Georgia political and business circles.

Bo was a member of U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell’s staff and served as Political Director for Coverdell’s campaign and political activities. He also served as a key strategist for Senator Phil Gramm’s Presidential campaign that was co-chaired by Senator Coverdell.

Bo is a graduate of the University of Georgia Terry College of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Bo currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Leah and two children Tripp and Lillie. He is an active member in Northside Methodist Church, GA Chamber of Commerce, Lovett True Blue Leadership Georgia (2006) and Piedmont Driving Club.

EDENS DAVIS, PARTNER

Edens Davis has strong issue-area expertise in economic development, transportation, natural resources, and health care policy and is a trusted advisor to key decision-makers across the state of Georgia. He utilizes his rare combination of extensive background in strategic and grassroots campaigns and actual public policy development and implementation to successfully achieve the diverse needs of his clients.

Edens has held a variety of positions over nearly a decade in Georgia politics. He began his career as a young political staffer for Former USDA Secretary and Current USG chancellor  Sonny Perdue’s successful re-election campaign as Governor. He used that experience as a springboard to work with the Republican Governors Association on races across the country. In 2010, he became a key member of then-Congressman Nathan Deal’s gubernatorial campaign. Upon Gov. Deal’s election to office, Davis served on the transition team and he served as a senior policy advisor for Gov. Deal, overseeing critical issues areas such as natural resources, transportation, economic development and agriculture. During his time in the Governor’s Office, Davis developed policy, helped shepherd bills through the legislative process and became a trusted liaison for agency heads in those respective policy areas.

Edens graduated from Emory University with a bachelor of arts in Political Science. He and his wife, Kirsten and their sons are active at Capital City Club, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, and several other charitable organizations in Atlanta. When he is not influencing policy makers across the country, he enjoys hunting and fishing on his family’s pecan orchard in middle Georgia.

BOB TRAMMELL, SENIOR ADVISOR

Bob Trammell is the former Minority Leader of the Georgia State House. First elected in 2014, Bob served three terms in the State House. He succeeded Stacey Abrams as Democratic Leader in his second term and, he served in that capacity through the end of 2020. During his tenure as Minority Leader, the House Democratic Caucus flipped a total of 19 state house seats, increasing the net number of Democratic seats in the State House by 15, from 62 to 77 members.

In addition to his role with Connect South, Bob practices law at The Trammell Firm which he founded in 2003 in his hometown of Luthersville. Trammell also served as County Attorney for Meriwether County for four years prior to serving in the State House providing him with a detailed and practical understanding of how local government works.

Bob is a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia, majoring in English and Political Science. He obtained his law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1999. Before returning home to practice, he started his legal career as a law clerk in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and subsequently practiced law at King & Spalding before starting his own firm in 2003.

Bob and his wife Jenny reside in Luthersville with their three children, Mary, Virginia, and Bob.

TREY MOORE, PARTNER, TENNESSEE

An experienced attorney and lobbyist, Trey has advocated on behalf of corporate clients and associations for more than 12 years in Tennessee. Before joining ConnectSouth, Trey operated his own government affairs firm in Nashville. Prior to that Trey served as Senior Public Policy Counsel at one of Nashville’s largest law firms, as Vice President of Government Relations at Fortune 1000 behavioral healthcare provider headquartered in Tennessee, and as a lobbyist for the state’s largest health insurer.

Trey’s policy and lobbying experience is broad and deep. He has significant experience in legislative and regulatory issues confronting entities in health care, energy, utilities, distilled spirits, financial services, and local government.

Trey escapes the halls of the Capitol for the golf course when given the chance. A native of Gallatin, Tennessee and a graduate of Sewanee, Trey now resides in Nashville with his wife, Mary, and their daughter.

APRIL BYRD, PARTNER, NORTH CAROLINA

April possesses a strong business background with experience managing millions of dollars in annual revenue for one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers to overseeing operations of her family’s construction company. In 2002 she had an opportunity to work in the Salisbury Campaign office for Elizabeth Dole’s successful US Senate Campaign. Two years later April worked in Lima, OH for the 2004 Bush/Cheney campaign.

In 2011 April became a preferred fundraising vendor for the NC House Republican Caucus following the 2010 election when Republicans won majorities in both chambers of the NC Legislature. She stepped down from her family business and started April Byrd Consulting.  April has raised money for over a dozen NC House Members including the former House Majority Leader. In addition to successfully raising money for NC House Members she has been a fundraising consultant to NC Supreme Court Justices, NC Court of Appeals Judges, three US Congressional Candidates, The Jesse Helms Center, and a 501c4 Independent Expenditure Committee. During the 2016 Election, April worked on over a dozen events for National and State candidates. Through her extensive political work April has built solid relationships with elected officials and their staff at the state and local level in North Carolina.

April attended the University of Georgia and has a BA in Economics. April resides in Cornelius, NC outside of Charlotte with her yellow Lab, Faith. She stays active in the Lake Norman Community through Lake Norman Baptist Church and is an active member of Northstone Country Club.