MEET THE TEAM.
Robert G. Crockett, President and Managing Director
Robert currently serves as President and Managing Director of Advantus Strategies. As a senior member of the team, he provides business consulting services to private and public corporations and municipalities at all levels of government including local, state and federal. His background in natural resources and the environment, business and manufacturing and economic development allow Advantus clients to benefit from his broad knowledge and experience.
Robert worked for almost two decades for Westvaco, now WestRock, a paper and packaging company. There his focus was on the development and operational success of the company’s global manufacturing operations. Additionally, he served as Director of Westvaco’s government affairs for its U.S. operations and as Director of the company’s global communications network during the merger of Westvaco and Mead Corporations.
Robert has served as Board chair of a number of non-profit organizations, including the United Way, YMCA and is very active in Virginia's Special Olympics program. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he is married and has two adult sons. When not in Richmond Robert can be found at his family's home on the Chesapeake Bay.
R. Ronald Jordan, Managing Director
Ron joined Advantus Strategies in 2002 bringing extensive policy, program, and budget experience gained during nearly 30 years in state and local government that includes positions as a long-time senior staff member of the Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and in the governor’s cabinet. His specific areas of expertise include appropriations, finance, education, Medicaid, public safety and retirement system matters.
Ron has a broad network of contacts and a sophisticated understanding of the procedural and political context of state government policy and operating practices. His experience in turning ideas into action has been instrumental in bringing diverse groups together to solve problems and successfully implement new programs.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a Master’s in Public Administration from Auburn University and has done additional post-graduate work at the University of Alabama. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at VCU, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute (VEI) and served as President of the VEI Alumni Association.
Daniel G. "Bud" Oakey, Founder and Chairman
Bud has extraordinary experience assisting and growing strategic business relationships with local, state and federal governments. As the company's founder, he is also well versed in crisis public relations and influencing public policy issues impacting clients. Bud has been an active participant in numerous transportation projects and economic development projects over the last 20 years in Virginia and in other states.
With extensive experience including serving as Louisiana Press Secretary for President George Bush's 1988 election campaign, Bud was also a member of Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore, III's transition team. Bud has represented business interests before the Virginia General Assembly since 1989. He is an appointed member of several Advisory Committees of the Joint Commission on Science and Technology including Technology in Transportation, Topics in Law and Technology, Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA), and the Uniform Electronic Technology Act (UETA) and Privacy.
A native of Roanoke, Bud attended Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia, and Purdue University Calumet. He has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
Johnna L. Cossaboon, Communications and Government Relations Director
Johnna brings extensive experience in marketing communications and client advocacy to Advantus. She represents clients before the Virginia General Assembly and other government branches on public education, local government, and public employee issues. As part of her duties, Johnna attends General Assembly committee meetings daily and meets frequently with State Senators and Delegates while representing Advantus Strategies’ clients.
During her career, Johnna has successfully designed and executed strategic communication plans to achieve the bottom-line goals of her public and private sector clients. Her communication plans leverage websites, social media, newsletters, brochures and branding to engage audiences. In addition, she serves as a media spokesperson for one of Advantus’s large association clients.
Johnna is a graduate of Rowan University with bachelor's and master's degrees in Communications and Corporate Public Relations. She has served in various leadership capacities at her hometown church. Married with three daughters, Johnna enjoys traveling.
John Paul "JP" Woodley
When JP came to Advantus, he brought unique insights and abilities developed in service at the highest levels of Federal and State Government. His practice at Advantus covers natural resource and environmental matters, with a specific focus on waterways and water resources.
Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, responsible for the civil works functions of the Department of the Army. Under JP's leadership, the Corps improved its business processes and project cost estimating processes. He improved the Corps’ nationwide permits regulation and issued a new joint Corps-EPA regulation governing wetlands mitigation activity.
JP’s work in the federal government came after years of leadership in Virginia, where he served as Deputy Attorney General of Virginia for Government Operations, and then as Secretary of Natural Resources for Virginia. He had overall responsibility for all environmental protection and permitting, outdoor recreation and open space management, inland and marine fisheries, and historic resources in the Commonwealth.
JP holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University and a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee School of Law. He has been honored with the U. S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service among other accolades.
Craig C. Whitham, Director of Business Services
Craig provides consulting services, expertise and guidance to clients through the Advantus Business Services group. He has over ten years of federal and state government experience having previously worked for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Senior Appropriations Advisor. Craig also worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Before joining Advantus, Craig served as a Senior Appropriations Advisor to former Representative Frank Wolf, managing his priorities for transportation projects and other Virginia priorities in the House of Representatives. While serving at the Virginia DMV, Craig worked extensively with Virginia legislators and state agencies on a wide range of legislation, projects and initiatives.
The Richmond native holds a Bachelor of Science from Elon University in North Carolina, and a Masters Degree from George Mason University. In Craig’s free time he likes to play golf and volunteer on the board of the Richmond Elon Alumni Board. He and his wife, Christina, reside in Henrico County.