Chairman & Founder
From procuring new business to following government guidelines, Joe D. Tanner saw a need to help companies navigate the intricacies of state and local government. He founded Joe Tanner & Associates in 1997 to offer his extensive expertise in governmental relations and business development to clients throughout Georgia.
In representing the interests of his clients, Joe Tanner draws on his 26 years of experience in Georgia government under four governors, to whom he acted as a key policy advisor. During the tenures of Carter, Busbee, Harris and Miller, Tanner was responsible for more than 400 pieces of major legislation, including these innovative landmarks:
President & CEO
Jerry Keen serves as President & CEO of Joe Tanner & Associates, bringing nearly twenty years of political expertise at the national and state level. As a strategic advisor, Jerry manages business to business consulting and advises clients on key policy matters.
Prior to joining Joe Tanner & Associates, Jerry served as Senior Consultant of Strategic Development at Troutman Sanders Strategies. Jerry served ten years in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing Georgia’s Southeastern coast. In his second term, Jerry was selected Minority Whip and led Republicans to their first majority in 130 years. Jerry was unanimously selected by his Caucus in 2004 to serve as House Majority Leader; he served in that capacity until his 2010 departure.
Eric Bailey has worked in government affairs and public policy for 21 years. He brings an extensive background and unique perspective to his approach in delivering the needs of clients at Joe Tanner and Associates. Throughout his career Eric has demonstrated the ability to work with businesses, community leaders, and lawmakers to advance issues and initiatives that improve the quality of life in their community. His experience has led to expertise that transcend across a wide spectrum including government affairs, community organizing and public relations, and business development and procurement.
Scott Tanner is a managing partner and the financial treasurer at Joe Tanner Associates, Inc. (JTA.) He has over 20 years of governmental affairs experience plus another ten years in the private sector. His exposure to both business and government provide a dual perspective of corporate and governmental infrastructures that better serves his clients. Not only does he know the corporate side of business, he also understands the stresses and demands of operating a private company to its maximum productivity in a world that is becoming increasingly regulated. Scott’s expertise in research, product development and strategy helps his clients maintain an edge in today's dynamic marketplace.
David M. Word
After joining Joe Tanner & Associates in October 2007, David Word has used his thirty-two years of experience in managing State environmental programs to assist and guide clients in a variety of environmental and governmental activities.
After starting as an environmental engineer with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) in 1974, David Word assumed management positions in EPD’s Water Protection Branch from 1977 to 1985. In 1986, he became Chief of the Water Resources Branch, then Chief of the Water Protection Branch in 1990.
Jim Todd brings to Joe Tanner & Associates more than 30 years of business and administrative experience.
From 1980 to 1998 he served as Vice President of American InterContinental University (formerly The American College) where he oversaw both the staffing and budget for the educational programs. He worked closely with the university’s accrediting agencies and various state and federal oversight commissions. Jim was heavily involved in writing self-studies which enabled the university to achieve its degree granting rights, its regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and its accreditation by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) of the university’s interior design program.
William H. Roper
Bill Roper earned a well-deserved reputation during his 33 years with the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget, a successful tenure that lasted through six gubernatorial administrations. Roper was instrumental in developing each Governor's annual budget recommendations to the state Legislature and presenting his legislation plan. In addition, Roper monitored and analyzed major legislation introduced in the General Assembly each year among his services to the Governor.