Successful RSJ alumnus announces Ferraro-Ostrovsky merger

Successful RSJ alumnus announces Ferraro-Ostrovsky merger

The Ferraro Group, a Nevada public relations and public affairs company founded by Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism and Center for Advanced Media studies alumnus Greg Ferraro, announced recently it has merged with the lobbying firm, Ostrovsky and Associates.

The Ferraro Group, voted PR Firm of the Year in 2011 by the Las Vegas Business Press, represents numerous public relations clients including Vegas PBS, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Majestic Realty and Desert Research Institute as well as public affairs clients that include Apple, NV Energy, the Nevada Resort Association, Frias Transportation, JPMorgan Chase and Saint Mary's Hospital.

Ostrovsky, one of the capital's most respected and experienced lobbyists since 1981, will join The Ferraro Group as a principal. Ostrovsky’s firm currently represents the Nevada Resort Association, United Health, Cox Communications, City of Las Vegas and 3M among other clients before the Nevada Legislature.

"Bob Ostrovsky has earned an excellent reputation through four decades of work in the Nevada Legislature and he is considered a leading expert in the complex areas of labor relations and health care," said Ferraro,is the president The Ferraro Group. "To have him join our firm is a significant addition heading into the 2013 Legislature. Not only is Bob a skilled advocate, he is one of the really good guys in Carson City, and we are excited to have him on our team."

Ostrovsky added: "After 15 years of service to my clients as Ostrovsky and Associates, I am joining forces with one of Nevada's most respected government affairs and public relations firms. I am pleased to be joining Greg Ferraro and Holly Silvestri at The Ferraro Group and look forward to working with them and their excellent team in delivering the high-quality work and superb client service they have become known for."

Ostrovsky is currently chairman of the Nevada Commission for Cultural Affairs and of the Nevada Cultural Affairs Foundation. He has been a member of the Department of Industrial Relations Advisory Board from 1981 to 1998 and from 2009 to 2012, and served as chairman of the Advisory Board from 1989 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2012. From 1973 until 1996, Ostrovsky held various positions at MGM and Bally's Casino and Resorts. He was corporate vice president of Human Resources for Bally's Grand from 1986 to 1996.

Ferraro has nearly 30 years of experience working in the public affairs arena.  He has worked extensively with Apple, the Nevada Resort Association, JPMorgan Chase, CenturyLink, NV Energy, EMPLOYERS, Frias Transportation, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, ING, Southern Nevada Homebuilders Association, Acciona Solar Power, Nevada Title Company, The Western Folklife Center, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, and March of Dimes.

Upon graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1985, Ferraro went to work in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Sen. Paul Laxalt in his role as general chairman of the Republican Party, a special position created for Laxalt by President Ronald Reagan. Ferraro served as assistant to the general chairman.

Prior to forming The Ferraro Group in 2004, Ferraro spent 12 years at R&R Partners, a regional communications company based in Las Vegas, where he served as president of the government and public affairs division. In that position, he helped oversee the agency’s public relations, opinion research, integrated marketing and government affairs services. 

Before joining R&R in 1993, Ferraro was the assistant to the county manager in Clark County, Nevada (greater Las Vegas) where he was the county spokesperson and issue manager for the fastest growing urban county in the nation. In the late 1980s, Ferraro worked at McCarran International Airport as public relations specialist and lobbyist for Clark County.

Ferraro lobbied in Washington, D.C., for a large utility trade association in 1989 and 1990 and since has been active in numerous state capitals advocating for clients on legislation including but not limited to utility regulation, business and general commercial law, water planning, transportation funding, telecommunications reform, health care and various tax matters.

In addition to his two decades of lobbying activity in Nevada and Washington, D.C., Ferraro is a political consultant who has advised or managed numerous political campaigns including the last three Nevada Governors and a number of successful ballot questions.

In 2004, Ferraro was commissioned by Governor Kenny Guinn to serve a four-year term on the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission. In 2007, he was chairman of the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission until his resignation in 2010.

He is a member of the Executive Advisory Committee of the E.L. Wiegand Foundation, the Board of Advisers for the Reynolds School of Journalism and is currently a trustee of The Nature Conservancy, trustee emeritus of The University of Nevada Foundation and formerly served as a director for First Independent Bank of Nevada.

In 2008, Ferraro was inducted into the Northern Nevada Business Leaders Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement.

Ferraro and his wife, Carolyn, live in Reno with their three children, Tommy, Tisha and Joe.

For more information on The Ferraro Group, visit: www.theferrarogroup.com