Adept Strategies

Adept Biographies

Adept Staff: Dana Pollitt

Mr. Pollitt has over 20 years of experience working with the private sector and local, state and federal government.  He excels in influence marketing, business development and strategic communications and has participated in capturing professional service contracts on some of the nation’s largest transportation and infrastructure projects. 

Consistently ranked by publications like The Business Journal and Business Leader Magazine as a premier business leader, Mr. Pollitt, founder and managing partner of ADEPT, has been recognized by his peers, elected officials and industry for his innovations in strategic affairs and partnering. 

Throughout Mr. Pollitt’s work on behalf of clients, he has emphasized that being effective in developing new business requires integrity, industry expertise, well-crafted communications, passion for a client’s issues and strong relationships.  Today, ADEPT’s team of professionals, with expertise in many industry sectors, reflect those values and Mr. Pollitt's own commitment to hard work, discipline, client service and pride in their profession.

Mr. Pollitt is actively involved in the community and with philanthropy, having served on numerous boards and committees, including the Broward County Small Business Development Advisory Board, the City of Fort Lauderdale Aviation Advisory Board, the Board of Directors for Envision Uptown, Inc., the Executive Board of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, Vice-chair of the Fort Lauderdale Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee and the City of Fort Lauderdale Sustainability Advisory Board.  Mr. Pollitt is a member of the Broward League of Cities, the Riverwalk Trust, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.  He has chaired the last two Transit Receptions in Broward County and has served multiple years as a Judge for the South Florida Sustainability Awards.

He earned his Master’s degree in Management with emphasis in Construction Law from Polytechnic University's School of Engineering and Business Administration and his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Law from The University of Kansas.

Mr. Pollitt is fluent in English and Spanish with elementary proficiency in Portuguese.

Adept Staff: Julie Ruffolo

Ms. Julie Ruffolo, founder and managing partner at ADEPT is responsible for overall public relations operations.  Ms. Ruffolo has handled all aspects of monitoring, reporting, accounting and finance for fundraising, public involvement/awareness campaigns, events, trade and trunk shows, catering, investment banking, real estate development and management consulting. 

Ms. Ruffolo brings a wealth of knowledge in multicultural strategy and foreign public relations, community outreach, stakeholder coordination, promoting business/corporate and special events, e-commerce brand and program management. 

Her ability to engage with minority and under‐represented groups through implementing outreach strategies, developing innovative methods and direct public involvement campaigns helps clients reach every spectrum of the community.

Ms. Ruffolo oversees how ADEPT informs the public, develops memorandums to local governments, press releases, display ads, agendas, marketing materials and flyers.  She has the ability to facilitate the public involvement process by distributing plans, agendas and brochures written to familiarize the public with infrastructure projects.  Her team can arrange television or radio appearances, create videos, CDs or audiotapes and publish newsletters specific to transportation and infrastructure projects.

A part of Julie’s focus is facilitating foreign nationals and those who wish to invest, work, study and live in the United States.  She has supported foreign entrepreneurs, executives and investors seeking to open offices in the U.S. by providing expeditious visa application assistance.

Ms. Ruffolo regularly prepares sales and financial reports as well as provides regularly scheduled forecasts, compliance monitoring and trends analysis reports.

Ms. Ruffolo is a member of Broward League of Cities, the Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS), the National Association of Professional Women, the Riverwalk Trust, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

In 2014 Ms. Ruffolo was recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as their 2014 Women of the Year and was recently awarded the 2014 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award by the South Florida Chapter of the Advancing Women in Transportation (WTS). 

She holds a degree in event planning, hospitality and hotel management from Brazil's UNIESP - Renascenca University.

Ms. Ruffolo is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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