Bob Hynes has more than thirty-five years of Washington experience, having served in government, corporate, consulting, and strategic planning positions. Hynes has strong bipartisan ties on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and with the independent agencies, particularly the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Hynes served as Minority Counsel to the House Rules Committee, during which time he co-authored a manual of House Procedures, updated editions of which are stilled used by House Committee Counsels. He served as Legislative Counsel and Parliamentarian to Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford and was Assistant Parliamentarian at three Republican Conventions.
When Mr. Ford was nominated as Vice President, Hynes was a member of the team that handled the Congressional hearings leading to Mr. Ford’s confirmation.
Hynes then joined NBC’s Washington office where he served for twenty-one years, the last nine as NBC’s Vice President. During that time he headed the networks successful efforts seeking to repeal the FCC’s financial interest and syndication rules, which prohibited network companies from having any ownership interests in programs they financed and presented on the network. In that capacity he was responsible for the overall strategic planning and implementation of corporate efforts in both the regulatory and legislative arenas.
He is past Chairman of the Arlington County Disability Advisory Commission having served on the Executive Committee of the Citizens Counsel, advising the County Government on matters of emergency preparedness. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law.
He is a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, which operates the Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan and supports The School of Political Science bearing his name at the University of Michigan.
JACKIE HOWE has been the Firm Administrator for Colling Swift & Hynes for 15 years and has over 40 years of experience in the federal government, trade associations, research and development firms contracting with the U.S. Department of Defense, as well as privately-held organizations in areas as diverse as food distribution, land and waste management, law and government relations.
In addition to her capacity as Firm Administrator, Ms. Howe manages the 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance, Inc. She is responsible for the licensing of brand owners who wish to use the symbol on their packaging, as well as the accounting and overall administration of the Alliance. Today, the RPA-100% symbol is displayed on hundreds of millions of packages at the retail level and seen by consumers almost any time they take a favorite boxed product off the grocery shelf.
Ms. Howe’s award-winning government service includes over five years working in the White House during the Reagan Administration in the Office of Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. Working with the Vice President’s Regulatory Task Force as well as the National Narcotics Border Interdiction System (NNBIS), she gained broad exposure to the Executive and Legislative branches of government. During her time in Vice President Bush’s office she also worked with the Office of Presidential Personnel on Presidential appointments. In the Executive Secretariat’s office she traveled with the Vice President and his advisors assisting the group in an active capacity.
Ms. Howe joined the Vice President’s staff after two years as Special Assistant to the Director of the Departmental Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Transportation under Secretary Drew Lewis. While there, she received a Superior Performance Award for her work in the Civil Rights office.
Ms. Howe is an invaluable member of the Colling Swift & Hynes team and is recognized by colleagues, clients and policy makers for her exceptional administrative capabilities and impeccable professionalism and precision.