Top Shelf Lobby is a full service government relations firm providing advocacy before local, state and federal government in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
With more than 30 years of combined experience, the Top Shelf Lobby team has the relationships that provide results for our partner businesses or organizations. With offices in Frankfort, Louisville and Northern Kentucky, Top Shelf Lobby excels at providing solutions that win.
Marc is a Partner of Top Shelf Lobby, LLC that offers strategic government relations and direct lobbying at the local, state and federal government levels. Prior to joining Top Shelf, Mr. Wilson was the Managing Partner of Commonwealth Capitol Group, LLC. While lobbying through 12 sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, he tackled some of the toughest issues in Kentucky.
Leigh Ann Thacker, a Kentucky native, specializes in lobbying executive and legislative branches of Kentucky government. Leigh Ann’s ability to help cultivate successful client relationships with government officials has resulted in helping clients succeed on a wide range of issues.
Kevin Payton, a native of Frankfort, has spent his entire career as a government relations professional representing interests both in the private sector and within the executive branch of Kentucky government. Kevin's wide range of legislative and executive branch lobbying experience, particularly in the health care field, has prepared him to affect positive change from a corporate environment to grassroots human service advocacy.
When you need solutions, reach for the top. Learn about some of our stories and how we put together winning strategies for our clients and partners. Our clients are as diverse as the issues we lobby.Our Clients
SMG was awarded the contract for the management of the new Bank of Kentucky Arena on the Campus of Northern Kentucky University. Furthermore, the SMG team was able to be involved in pre-construction planning and offer assistance in design for the new arena. In May 2008, Northern Kentucky University held their first commencement ceremony in the new Bank of Kentucky Arena on the campus of NKU.
Despite a gloomy budget forecast, and amid a variety of budget cuts throughout state government, we were successful in our efforts to achieve an increase of $8 million of state general funds each year of the biennium. When matched with federal dollars, this infusion of funding made a substantial difference as the child welfare system continues to build resources to reach and treat Kentucky children in need.
We were successful in passing legislation that removed the specialty-level co-payment from physical therapy and occupational therapy visits. Today a patient seeking rehab at one of our clinics cannot be charged higher co-pays than what they pay a primary care doctor. In most cases our patients are paying five dollar co-payments, resulting in patients continuing their important therapy until the end of the prescribed time period.