Why Trey Works in Government Relations
“An early mentor of mine in government and politics, when asked what he did, used to tell people: ‘I’m a problem-solver. When people have problems, I help solve them.’ That’s become my mantra, as well. In more than two decades of work in government, in academics, and as a business advocate, I have gained multi-faceted insight into issues faced by communities and businesses. I know how to help solve those problems, so businesses can grow and communities can become better places to live, work, and play.”
How Trey Wins
Trey is a former Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as President of the National Association of the Secretaries of State, the first Kentuckian to hold that position. He followed that post with a stint as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, his alma mater, before moving back to his home and assuming leadership of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Drawing on this blend of public and private-sector experience, Trey has a track record of achieving solutions that foster economic growth.
Working in collaboration with community, business, and government officials, Trey played a major role in progressive business innovation that includes:
- As Chamber president, Trey led the Chamber’s team, working closely with the incoming judge-executive, to develop and secure legislative passage of revisions to the governance of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). Following those changes, CVG has benefitted from unprecedented growth, with announcements of expansions from Delta, American, and United airlines, establishment of a worldwide cargo hub for Amazon, and new flights for Frontier, Southwest, and Allegiant airlines.
- Also during Trey’s tenure at the Chamber, the organization played a major role in a public-private coalition’s efforts to eliminate the reformulated-gas (RFG) requirement in Northern Kentucky, a move that is expected to save gasoline buyers millions of dollars annually. RFG, which costs more than 20 cents per gallon above the price of ordinary gasoline, is no longer needed to control air quality due to improvements in fuel in recent years.
- As Secretary of State, Trey successfully advocated to pass legislation to substantially modernize Kentucky’s partnership, LLC, and corporate laws, in addition to several election modernization bills. These legislative victories were viewed as significant steps forward to make the Commonwealth more competitive in efforts to attract and retain new and growing businesses.
- Among his accomplishments since joining CivicPoint, Trey has worked on efforts in Kentucky to develop the first comprehensive framework for an insurance regulatory “sandbox” in the nation. He was also part of the team that developed and passed two bipartisan legal liability reforms during the 2019 General Assembly session.
In addition, Trey works with governments, corporations and advocacy organizations across the country to modernize and secure our nation’s elections. His writings have been published in dozens of outlets, while legislators and journalists regularly seek his advice about election administration.
In his first legislative session with CviciPoint, Trey led CivicPoint’s pro bono lobbying effort during the 2018 General Assembly as Kentucky became one of the first states to eliminate abusive child marriages.
How Trey Makes Connections
Trey has strong ties to the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region and remains very active in civic and charitable organizations at the local, state, and national levels. He resides in Boone County, Kentucky, with his wife, Nancy, and their daughters, Alex and Kate.
- ArtsWave, Board member, 2015-present
- Democracy Works, Inc., Founding Board Member, 2011-present
- Health Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, Board Member, 2015-present
- Leadership Kentucky, Board Member, 2005-10 and 2015-present
- Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program, Board Member, 1999-present; Vice Chair, 2015-present
- Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, Board Member, 2014-17
- Transforming Education Kentucky, Board Member, 2015-present
- United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Board of Directors, 2017-present
- University of Arizona National Institute of Civil Discourse, Founding Member, National Advisory Board, chaired by former presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush, 2011-present; Member, Working Board, and its successor Executive Committee, 2012-present
- University of North Carolina Institute of Politics, Founding Member, Senior Advisory Board, 2017-present
- University of Kentucky, J.D./M.B.A.
- Harvard College, A.B.