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City of Orlando, Communications Office, News Release
David Dix, who has served as a consultant and campaign manager in all of Mayor Dyer's political races for the past 11 years, will serve as the Mayor's chief of staff and will temporarily assume the duties of Director of Communications Susan Blexrud, who is leaving the staff for the private sector on April 1.
, 45, brings a wealth of political, business and communications experience to the job.
has worked on several different democratic presidential campaigns including Senator Edward Kennedy's 1980 presidential campaign.
worked on Capitol Hill for U.S.
In 1986, Dix
was elected to serve in the Oregon legislature where he
served two terms as a State Legislator from Eugene, but lost a reelection bid in 1990.
In 1992, Dix founded a political consulting and public affairs firm, Dix Communications.
In 1995, he took a leave from his political consulting practice and joined the Corporate Communications team at General Mills in Minneapolis, where he served as the director of communications.
In 1997, Dix was asked to serve as the director of communications for the President's Summit for America's future in Philadelphia, an event that brought together all of the living American presidents (Nancy Reagan represented President Reagan) to focus on children's issues.
General Mills graciously agreed to lend Dix to the Summit efforts at the request of Secretary Powell.
In 1999, Dix took a position as vice president of marketing for now defunct Internet startup, ThinkLink, in San Francisco.
During the transition, and due to budget constraints, Dix
will be compensated from a Transition Fund set up by the City of Orlando
and funded by private and corporate contributions to the City of Orlando
The two are in a dispute ...
The two are in a dispute over who should pay to finish the common areas, a dispute that devolved into Kuhn's senior advisor, David Dix, calling NeJame names via e-mail."You are a loathsome character and I to (sic) want nothing more to do with you or your threats., All over $80,000," Dix wrote in the e-mail, which NeJame provided to Orlando Weekly. (Dix resigned as Mayor Buddy Dyer's chief of staff a few days after the city approved The Plaza deal with Kuhn.
...Dix went to work for Kuhn in 2005.)
David Dix, president of The Kuhn Cos., was present at the bankruptcy court hearing and said Kuhn is meeting the lender's requirement that 85 percent of the complex's space be leased in advance.
DAVID DIXLet's strategize for a second about Kuhn Management's senior adviser, David Dix.
was Kuhn's right-hand man, he
was Dyer's.For most of Dyer's first year, Dix was his chief of staff.Dix
helped orchestrate the Kuhn incentive deal.
But no one at City Hall liked him.Three days after the Kuhn deal went through, he
came back as a special assistant to the mayor, part-time work that paid generously , more than $10,000 a month.The city council still disliked Dix
, so when they had an opportunity , when Dyer was suspended from office , they got ready to sack him.
...Dix resigned before they got the chance, then went to work for Cameron Kuhn. (Convenient how that worked out.) Anyway, get that into a 30-second TV spot and you've got a campaign.
Dix finds new home at Kuhn Development - 2005-04-15
Dix finds new home at Kuhn Development
finds new home at Kuhn Development
...David Dix will join the firm as a developer on April 18 and will focus on markets and urban areas in the Southeast and Southwest United States. Dix
, 48, has been a longtime confidante of Dyer.In its written release, Kuhn Development says Dix
is credited with helping Dyer bring about the downtown Orlando renaissance, with what he
estimates as more than $1.4 billion in new development under construction or on the drawing board. Prior to joining Kuhn Development, Dix served as Dyer's chief of staff and as a special assistant to the mayor before his April 5 resignation from the city of Orlando.