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Matthew D. Whetstone is the founding member of 1816 inc. and has substantial expertise in legislative and executive branch lobbying, regulatory affairs, rule making, procurement and association management.

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Matthew D. Whetstone is the founding member of 1816 inc. and has substantial expertise in legislative and executive branch lobbying, regulatory affairs, rule making, procurement and association management. Mr. Whetstone’s years of work in government affairs has built relationships across the state, especially in central Indiana, where he served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1996-2007), serving Hendricks and Morgan Counties. He also served on the Brownsburg Town Council and currently serves as a member of the Hendricks County Board of Commissioners.

In December 2004, he rose to the rank of Chairman of the House Rules Committee and Ranking Member of the House Public Policy Committee. He most recently completed a three-year role in the Indiana House of Representatives as Parliamentarian (2013-2015). Prior to his most recent service in the statehouse, he served as an Executive Director of Governmental Affairs at Krieg Devault, where he represented the firm’s client base before executive and legislative branches of state and local government.

Mr. Whetstone founded 1816 inc. to provide clients with high-level legislative representation before the Indiana General Assembly and to further client goals with strategies that are flexible and effective in an ever-changing political environment. His experience working within local and state government allows him to provide expertise in the decision-making process at all levels of government.

Education
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (B.S. Political Science, 1992, Minor in Public Relations)

Michael O'Brien

Michael R. O'Brien

Executive Vice President

Michael R. O’Brien joined 1816 inc. in 2016 as Executive Vice President. Since 2002, he has counseled clients on legislative and executive branch matters, and has served as political advisor to Republican candidates and elected officials.

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Michael R. O’Brien joined 1816 inc. in 2016 as Executive Vice President. Since 2002, he has counseled clients on legislative and executive branch matters, and has served as political advisor to Republican candidates and elected officials.

Prior to joining 1816 inc., Mr. O’Brien served as campaign manager for the successful Holcomb for Indiana Gubernatorial Campaign. As a contract lobbyist, he has worked as vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group, senior public policy advisor with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. and legislative liaison for the Indiana State Medical Association. He also served as Legislative Director for Governor Mitch Daniels.Mr. O’Brien’s previous political experience includes work on the Mitch Daniels for Governor Campaign in 2004 and 2008. In 2006, he managed Todd Rokita’s successful election as Secretary of State and has worked on countless state and local races. In 2009, he was elected chairman of the Hendricks County Republican Party.

Education
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (B.A. Political Science, 2001)

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Tyler Starkey

Tyler O. Starkey

Policy Advisor | General Counsel

Tyler O. Starkey joined 1816 inc. in 2015 as Policy Advisor and General Counsel and is also the Executive Director of the Indiana Beverage Alliance.

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Tyler O. Starkey joined 1816 inc. in 2015 as Policy Advisor and General Counsel. As the Policy Advisor and General Counsel, Tyler Starkey helps clients navigate political and regulatory processes, enabling them to proactively maximize benefits while minimizing risks associated with new and upcoming legislation. Tyler is also the Executive Director of the Indiana Beverage Alliance which is the Indiana trade association for beer wholesalers.

As Executive Director of IBA, Tyler leads an association of Indiana businesses who serve as the middle tier of a three-tier system comprised of brewers, wholesalers and retail outlets that ensure important public health safeguards while streamlining the alcohol regulatory compliance oversight process for state and local officials.

Beyond serving as a trusted legal advisor, Tyler is active in both local politics and his community. Tyler serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana. Appointed by the Hendricks County Commissioners, the Board sets strategic direction by guiding hospital policy and expansion during four-year, renewable terms. Hendricks Regional Health serves west central Indiana as a nationally recognized, nonprofit, healthcare organization with a deeply rooted legacy of community service.

His political experience includes serving as a precinct committeeman, township advisory board member, working on various campaigns in central Indiana, and formerly serving as the President of the Hendricks County Election Board from 2014-2018 where he was the presiding member of the body that oversees federal, state, county, town, and school district elections for Hendricks County, Indiana.

Tyler has a private law practice in Brownsburg, Indiana providing counsel and representation to individuals and corporations. Before starting his own practice in 2011, he was an associate attorney at Steuerwald, Hannon, Zielinski & Witham in Danville, Indiana where he assisted with representation for the Hendricks County Board of Commissioners and the Hendricks County Board of Health. Prior to private practice, he also served three years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Hendricks County, Indiana.

Education
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (B.S. Political Science, Minor in Chemistry, 2003)
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana (J.D., 2006)

Memberships
Indiana State Bar Association, Hendricks County Bar Association, Wholesale Beer Association of Executives, Brownsburg Kiwanis

Neil Krevda

Neil Krevda

Director of Government Affairs

Neil Krevda joined 1816 inc. in 2019 as Director of Government Affairs. His experience includes the legislative, regulatory, state agency and utility areas.

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Neil Krevda joined 1816 inc. in 2019 as Director of Government Affairs. Neil has an extensive background in the legislative, regulatory, state agencies and utility areas. He worked for GTE/Verizon for many years in various capacities and he spent 20+ years in the Governmental Affairs area of Verizon. Prior to GTE/Verizon, Neil worked for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Indiana Consumer Counselor Office and an electric utility in the State of Indiana.

Mr. Krevda’s work background provided him with exposure in Washington, D.C. and numerous states. He has testified on various issues over the years and in various states. His most recent work was in the area of small/micro cell legislation in the six states around Indiana. The legislation was passed in the states and put into law in five of the six states. The passage has streamlined the construction process of the 5G roll out in the wireless industry.

Mr. Krevda is a lifelong citizen of the State of Indiana having grown up in Gas City, Indiana.

Education
Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana (B.A. Business & Economic, 1978)
Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana (M.B.A., 1988)

Brooke Fair

Brooke Fair

Director of Operations

Brooke Fair joined 1816 inc. in 2019 as Director of Operations. Brooke has a background in event management along with operational management.

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Brooke Fair joined 1816 inc. in 2019 as Director of Operations. Brooke has a background in event management along with operational management.Prior to joining 1816 inc., Mrs. Fair worked in the retail management industry for 11 years at Buckle, Inc. Brooke worked her way up to Store Manager Level and before leaving the company she worked as an Operations Manager.

Education
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (B.S. Hospitality & Tourism Management, 2011)

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