As founder and president of Vitello Consulting and VC International, Frank Vitello routinely provides strategic and business counsel to a wide net of clients whose interests intersect with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, foreign governments, and international regulatory organizations. He has successfully led legislative and policy efforts at the federal and state level, managed issue campaigns nationally and locally, has aided clients with new ventures and acquisitions, market penetration, and in developing branding and partnering opportunities.
Formerly, Frank served as chief strategist for the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), the leading trade association representing the U.S. seafood community both domestically and internationally. His responsibilities included building and developing the industry's political programs, political giving strategy, messaging and crisis management abilities. A large part of Frank's responsibilities were also to work with foreign governments to establish parity with U.S. regulatory bodies. Today, Vitello Consulting is recognized among the top boutique firms servicing the international seafood community.
Frank also works directly with a number of sovereign governments throughout Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. This practice area commonly necessitates balancing the delicate relationships between Sovereign States, Intergovernmental Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, and multinational corporations.
Frank served as Professional Staff for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources. Regarded as key staff, Vitello was part of the 'inner circle' of advisors to the Chairman on some of the most contentious measures before the Committee's jurisdiction. His relationships with the House Majority Leader, Committee Chairmen of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and House Foreign Relations Committee are well established.
Off the Hill, Frank continues to enjoy chasing the sun and visiting great dive spots around the globe.
With more than twenty five years of governmental experience in the state, federal and international arenas, Robert Harrison brings to Vitello Consulting a perspective in identifying and solving client problems and issues honed in venues as varied as Brussels, London, and Washington, D.C.
Bob began his government service as the Chief Investigator for the Antitrust Section of the Montana Attorney General's Office. Following a three year stint with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the United States Department of Justice, he became a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs and later served as a professional staff Investigator for the Senate Committee on Aging.
He continued in his capacity as a professional staff member by serving the current U.S. Ambassador to China (then Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee), Max Baucus. In all, he served nearly fourteen years as a professional staff member of the United States Senate. From committee investigations to appropriations to natural resources and Indian Affairs, he acquired the background and breadth of experience that allows him to see opportunities and issues from a historical and experiential perspective.
Following his career in the U.S. Senate Bob left government service to establish the Pathfinder Group, LLP, a government and business development consultancy that focused primarily on clients in Great Britain and Ireland.
The Group represented political parties in Northern Ireland as well as twelve economic development councils in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Pathfinder Group represented Queens University as well as seven other universities located in the U.S., France, and Ireland and worked to secure federal funding and support for an international distance learning consortium. During the Northern Ireland "peace process," the Group represented the cities of Londonderry and Armagh at international economic development conferences sponsored by President Bill Clinton and worked with U.S. Senator George Mitchell and U.S. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown to expand transatlantic business opportunities for the region.
Andrew Wyatt joins Vitello Consulting after serving as CEO of non-profit advocacy organizations for almost a decade. In 2008, his passion for wildlife led him to become one of the founders of the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK), the leading trade association in the United States advocating for responsible ownership and trade in reptiles. As CEO of USARK, Andrew is credited with pioneering advocacy for herpetoculture, the captive propagation of high quality reptiles and amphibians. His work at USARK also included development of a large grassroots component known as the "Reptile Nation". Today it is estimated that the reptile industry generates roughly $1.2 billion in annual revenues.
As a recognized expert in his field, the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, federal agencies, and state and municipal governments routinely call upon Andrew to provide advice and counsel and expert testimony. Andrew has also done extensive media on the subject matter and has been featured in both national print and radio throughout the last decade.
John Marino is senior director of the international practice at Vitello Consulting, VC International. He brings more than a decade of international and public affairs experience. John's consulting experience spans the globe and covers a wide range of business sectors. At Vitello Consulting, John focuses on developing strategies for foreign companies and governments seeking to have a greater impact in the U.S. marketplace. These may include strategic planning, marketing, brand development and messaging, U.S. market entry and access strategies, government affairs, event strategy and production, and nonprofit management and organizational development.
Previously, John served as the national executive director of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the foremost organization advancing U.S.- Italy relations in the areas of politics, business, education and culture. Mr. Marino's tenure at NIAF also included directing the government relations, public policy and international relations portfolios where he worked closely with the Italian American Congressional Delegation and other governmental leaders.
Katie King brings over fourteen years paralegal experience in real estate, family, and Native American law to Vitello Consulting. With an emphasis in research; legal, opposition, and legislative, Katie is the backbone of Vitello Consulting's research capabilities and e-information services. A native Californian, Katie now resides on the Southern Oregon coast.