Brian Hudson has worked in and around state government relations and politics for more than 15 years. He has been named among the top five lobbyists in Georgia by James Magazine and as a “power player” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Since starting his government relations consulting practice in 2005, Hudson has guided major organizations such as The Home Depot, DIRECTV, Dish Network, HP, Novo Nordisk, Daiichi Sankyo, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, City of Atlanta, City of Woodstock, TECH America, Zoo Atlanta and others through various legislative, political and regulatory battles at the Georgia State Capitol and has advised CEOs and senior executives of major corporations, small businesses and other organizations on their public policy issues.
Prior to forming his consulting practice, Hudson served as a regional government relations manager for The Home Depot where he was responsible for managing and implementing government relations and legislative strategies in the southeastern United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, Hudson worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston (R) and served as a senior analyst and head of the southeastern office for MultiState Associates, Inc., a national state and local government relations consulting firm.
In addition to his public affairs experience in Georgia, Hudson has extensive national experience working on complex issues in multiple states and U.S. territories and with several legislative groups including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the American Legislative Exchange Council and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation.
In the political arena, he has served on the national finance committee for the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) and on the finance committees for various statewide campaigns.
Hudson currently serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Professional Lobbyists Association, on the advisory board of Georgia Music Partners and is active with the Georgia Chamber Governmental Affairs Council. In the community, he has helped build Habitat for Humanity homes and KABOOM! Playgrounds and regularly provides music education to school children.
He is a graduate of The University of Georgia where he studied political science. In addition to his political interests, Brian is an accomplished touring and studio drummer and musician and is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys). He and his wife, Mandy, have three boys and reside in Milton, Georgia.
Senior Advisor & Consultant
Ronnie Chance serves as Senior Advisor and Consultant to The Hudson Group, LLC. In this capacity, Chance assists clients with government relations consulting, lobbying and strategic planning and execution. He was recently named as one of the 60 most powerful players behind the scenes by Capitol Faces Magazine.
An Atlanta native, Chance has been involved with Georgia business and politics for more than 25 years. First elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2004 representing four counties in South Metro Atlanta, Chance served as the Chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee and later Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In 2012, Chance was elected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate Majority Leader, where he remained until retiring from the Senate in 2014. Senator Chance also served as an Administrative Floor Leader for both Governors Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal.
Two decades ago, Senator Chance founded an Atlanta based public relations firm, focusing on communications and business development services. He has advised several Fortune 100 corporations and a number of policy leaders including former United States Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and United States Senator Johnny Isakson, as well as, United States Congressmen Mac Collins, Phil Gingrey and Lynn Westmoreland.
In recognition of his leadership, Senator Chance has received several awards including Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the “2009 Champion of Economic Development” by the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He received the “2010 Friend of Business Award” by the Regional Business Coalition, the 2011 Environmental Leadership Award by Georgia Conservation Voters and the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award by Georgia Bio. Senator Chance is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Georgia.
Senator Chance earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. He is married to the former Cressida Stevens of Gloucestershire, England. The Chances have three daughters and are members of Peachtree City United Methodist Church.