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Joe Kuklis

                            Founder & CEO of Wellington Strategies                                 Author of "The Robin Hood of D.C."

Work experience

Feb 2015Present

Founder & CEO

Wellington Strategies

Providing both for profit and not-for-profit clients with a variety of business and consulting services including assistance with start-up activities, operational needs, strategy, fund raising, marketing, messaging & change management.

Jan 2012Jan 2015

Managing Director

Duane Morris Government Strategies

Merged $6 million dollar government affairs organization (GSP Consulting) into an international law firm to create a wholly owned subsidiary offering federal, state and local government affairs services similar to its over 75 clients around the country. 

DMGS provided many of its clients with more than just lobbying services, helping with grant writing, contract capture and business incentive negotiations. 

Feb 2001Dec 2012

Founder & CEO

GSP Consulting

From 2001 to 2012, created and grew a 2 person consultancy into a 5 state, 36 person company, helping its clients with a variety of government affairs needs, including lobbying, community & economic development, grant writing, public fund raising, government contract capture and public policy needs.

Jan 1994Jan 2001

Deputy State Director

Office of U.S. Senator Rick Santorum

Acted as the Senator’s primary point of contact in Pennsylvania for community & economic development groups, municipal & state leaders, and trade associations.


Sep 1989May 1994

Bachelor of Arts

University of Pittsburgh

Double major in Political Science and Western European Studies with a focus on the German Language and the government of Germany;  Minors in Economics, American History, European History and English.


John Dick               Civic Science CEO

"The only thing more remarkable than Joe's entrepreneurial drive and tactical brilliance is his character. In seven years as his business partner and more than fifteen years as his friend, I have never met anyone more sincere."

Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator

"Kuklis combined his passion for public service with his entrepreneurial spirit to create an innovative way to influence public policy."


Sales and Marketing
Responsible for setting and hitting aggressive sales numbers nationally for both GSP and DMGS. Each year sold more individually for both companies than all other GSP and/or DMGS employees combined. Averaged 20% growth in both companies per year as CEO and Managing Director respectively. 
Critical Thinking
Grew new lines of service for both GSP and DMGS over the years by understanding changes in market trends, restrictions in the lobbying and government realms and through the introduction of ever changing service offerings.
Complex Problem Solving
Led both GSP and DMGS while training new lobbyists to represent a host of complex client needs, managed an ever growing group of internal directors for client service, sales, marketing and business development. Responsible for budget creation, marketing and growing both firms by hitting sales and growth numbers each year. 
Judgement/Decision Making
Considered the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate ones

Short Bio

Under Joe’s watch, GSP Consulting was honored by making Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 Fastest Growing Privately-Held Companies in America list in 2008 and 2007, voted as one of the Best Places to Work in Western PA by the Pittsburgh Business Times in both 2008 and 2006, and made the Pittsburgh Business Times' Pittsburgh 100 list as one of the region's fastest-growing companies in 2011, 2010 and 2009. GSP was selected in 2011 and 2010 by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City as one of the 100 fastest-growing inner city firms in the U.S. GSP was also named by the Pittsburgh Technology Foundation as Service Provider of the Year in 2006 and was a runner-up in 2005, 2004 and 2003 for its work with many of the region's technology companies. In 2010 and 2007, Joe was named a finalist in the Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In 2001, shortly after starting GSP Consulting, Joe was honored by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 award recipients.

Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Landmarks Development Corporation, the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, and is a former member of the American Cancer Society's Greater Pittsburgh Unit Daffodil Days Campaign.

Joe recently published a book entitled “The Robin Hood of DC,” a how-to guide for small-to medium-size businesses to navigate the government marketplace in DC and state capitols.