Meet Our Team.

Shawn Foster

President & CEO

Shawn Foster brought a wealth of political and government experience to Sunrise Consulting Group when he started it 20 years ago. Having worked inside the state and federal echelons of government for over 20 years, Shawn has built unique relationships and gained powerful knowledge to achieve successes for his clients.

Shawn began his political and government career in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Shawn was the student body President and graduated from USF-Sarasota. Shawn started in the legislative process working for a State Representative in Sarasota County.

Shawn served as Congressman Gus Bilirakis’ District Director for six years. This experience allowed Shawn to become well acquainted with not only the numerous issues being debated in Washington, but the opportunity to become engrained in the issues facing the State of Florida.

Prior to working for Congressman Bilirakis, Shawn served as a Senior Legislative Aide for State Senator Mike Fasano. In addition to his work inside government, Shawn has an astute political background as he has managed and consulted on numerous political campaigns over the past 20 years.

Shawn started lobbying in 2006 and was previously the Managing Partner for the Tampa Bay office for the Southern Strategy Group. He is well versed in the political efforts of both the private and public sectors.

Shawn’s Community Service includes:

  • United Way of Pasco County – Past Chairman
  • United Way of Florida – Board of Governors
  • Community Service Council of West Pasco – Past President
  • Feeding Pasco’s Elderly – Founding Board Member
  • Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Association of Florida Colleges


Sam Wagoner

Government Relations Consultant

Sam Wagoner brings a broad array of political and government experience to Sunrise Consulting Group. For the past 15 years, Sam has worked with elected officials at all levels all across the state of Florida, that experience has given him unique insight to the political process and knowledge of public policy.

Sam began his political education working local School Board and County Commission races in Hernando County. After earning his AA from PHSC, Sam went to Florida State University and earned a double-major bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. While earning his B.S., Sam also worked for lobbyist Bob Levy at Robert M. Levy & Associates.

Sam continued his education at FSU earning a master’s degree in American Politics & Policy, while simultaneously working with the Florida Police Benevolent Association. The relationships formed at FLPBA helped Sam learn the ground process of moving legislation, while protecting the interests of the association.

In January of the following year, Sam began his law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. Sam jumped into local and state races, working for Paul Renner in both of his races for Jacksonville’s 15th and Flagler’s 24th. Sam continued to work multiple state house races throughout the Northeast Florida region. During law school, Sam was elected the President of the Republican Legal Society and the Parliamentarian and Rules Chair for the Student Bar Association.

Upon graduation from law school, Sam began employment as the Legislative Aide to Representative Bobby Payne in District 19.

Sam continues to be very active in his volunteer efforts. His focus has been on breast cancer awareness, feeding the homeless and our school-age children.