MBS Wisconsin

Ted Kanavas

Ted Kanavas

Ted Kanavas

Co-Founder and Chairman
Phone: 608-283-2243
Email Ted

Ted Kanavas

Co-Founder and Chairman
Phone: 608-283-2243
Email Ted

“Our job is to understand our clients’ business objectives and help them achieve those objectives by getting the government to help or stay out of the way.”


Clients call on Ted for effective, targeted counsel on public policy strategy. As Chairman of Michael Best Strategies, Ted has been able to build a strong team of highly qualified professionals that serve clients wishing to work with government at the federal, state, or local levels. He and his team provide a full range of services encompassing government relations, lobbying, strategic planning, and public relations.

Drawing on his extensive experience, both in business and as a Wisconsin State Senator, Ted delivers creative solutions to the public policy challenges confronting his clients. A frequent guest talk show host on WISN Radio and recent co-host on the WisOpinion.com web show “The Insiders,” Ted has spoken on topics ranging from presidential polling to economic development.

Before joining Michael Best Strategies, Ted served as a Wisconsin State Senator from 2001-2010, distinguishing himself as a state leader on economic development and technology issues. A strong advocate for venture capital investment in Wisconsin companies, biotechnology research, and nanotechnology development at state-funded universities, Ted also authored the Angel Investment Tax Credit Act (Wisconsin Act 255).

During his service in the State Senate, Ted remained active in the private sector, where he founded and built successful software companies and served as vice president of business development at a Wisconsin-based software company for more than 20 years. He created business models around specific industry segments and provided business consulting services to software companies interested in selling products and services to the State of Wisconsin.


Honors and Recognition
  • “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,” Government Technology Magazine, 2005.
Professional Activities
  • Member, American Legislative Exchange Committee
Community Involvement
  • Guest Talk Show Host, WISN Radio, 2010-Present
  • Wisconsin State Senator, 2001-2010
  • Member, Elmbrook School Board, 1999-2002
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A.), Political Science, 1983
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, 1986-1987

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