When a project runs into bureaucracy, headaches almost inevitably ensue. But Burns & McDonnell has made a significant addition to help ease the pain.
Mike Talboy is the company's first director of government affairs, having started in June 2012 after serving for six years in the Missouri legislature.
"I was very involved in economic development in the legislature," Talboy says. "You're talking roads, bridges, energy, public works. That all dovetails nicely with what we do here."
Talboy, who has called Kansas City home for two decades and earned his law degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was elected to the Missouri House in November 2006. He rose swiftly through the ranks, and by the beginning of his third term was the House minority leader, marshaling votes and sharing information in hopes of changing attitudes that would help accomplish the goals of his constituents.
Now his constituency is the clientele of Burns & McDonnell.
"We are all about making our clients successful, and Mike can provide the critical access to information and individuals in the political sphere to accomplish that," says Greg Graves, Burns & McDonnell chairman and CEO.
Talboy serves as a liaison between the company and elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. He aims to broaden access to government, find new business and support current business, while helping out with any legislative issues that present themselves.
"I want to help the folks working here to be efficient and do the best possible work without the headaches of bureaucracy and red tape," he says. "That's not to say there won't be headaches, but I want to be a resource to help our world-class engineers move through it."
Contact Mike Talboy at 816-823-6228.