Tony Glover is an attorney and government relations consultant who advises publicly-traded corporations, entrepreneurs, and non-profits. He writes frequently on regulatory issues facing the alcoholic beverage and hospitality industries.
Tony most recently served as a senior official at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the agency charged with regulating a wide swath of businesses and professions. He led the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering (PMW), which oversees horse racing, greyhound racing, jai alai, slot machine, and cardroom activity. As Deputy Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), he was also intimately involved with the State of Florida’s oversight of alcoholic beverage retailers, manufacturers, and distributors.
Licensing and permitting of regulated individuals and businesses was a primary focus in both roles. His duties included managing the review of hundreds of beverage license applications following significant mergers and acquisitions, approving new gaming facilities, and working on regulations such as the special restaurant license (SRX) and slot machine operations rules. Tony spent significant time overhauling and streamlining licensing processes, including initiating PMW’s transition to a paperless workflow and ABT’s adoption of an online form submission portal.
Legal + Corporate Experience
Tony previously litigated at a large Tampa-based law firm and was an in-house lobbyist for a Fortune 500 company with significant land, hospitality, and manufacturing holdings. He started his professional career at age 20, answering phones and conducting research in the State Capitol.
Tony is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his law degree from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was Legislation Editor of the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment.