President and Founder
Charles H. "Chip" Gerhardt, III, is President and Founder of Government Strategies Group, LLC. Chip has an extensive background in the fields of government affairs, economic development, and issues advocacy. He has worked in these areas both in the private and public sectors, and on local, state and federal levels.
Chip has been active in politics for many years on the local, state and federal levels. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party and a veteran of numerous campaigns. He was instrumental in the success of Issue 4, which brought the strong mayor form of government back to Cincinnati, and was involved in SW Ohio efforts supporting Issue 3 – the state ballot issue that approved four casinos in Ohio. Most recently, Chip was involved in several statewide campaigns including John Kasich for Governor, Josh Mandel for Treasurer and Mike DeWine for Attorney General. He also supported fundraising efforts for the McCain-Palin and Bush-Cheney campaigns in Ohio, and for Speaker John Boehner.
Active on many boards, Chip serves on the Hamilton County Board of Elections, the Ensemble Theatre Board, Findlay Market Corporation, the Board of People Working Cooperatively, and is former chair of the board for the National Down Syndrome Society. Chip has served on the boards of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanic Garden, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, and the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. He was named in Cincy Magazine’s “Power 100” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Prior to forming GSG, Chip was Vice President of KMK Consulting Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keating, Muething and Klekamp, a major Cincinnati law firm. While at KMK, he led the firm’s government affairs practice.
Chip also spent three and a half years at Cinergy, a large Midwestern public utility, in the areas of economic development, public strategies, government and community affairs. He was part of the team which successfully lobbied to bring competition to the electric industry in Ohio. He also worked with the company's non-regulated affiliates on a number of significant projects.
Chip served in the administration of Ohio Governor George Voinovich as Deputy Director of the Governor's Regional Economic Development Offices. In this capacity, he facilitated private sector expansion, retention and relocation within Ohio by coordinating tax, training, technical, legal and financial incentives offered by the state. He was also instrumental in the creation of economic development incentives, known as Ohio's "Jobs Bills," which lowered the cost of doing business in the State of Ohio. Chip was part of the team that created Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) and served on the Council for eleven years.
Chip received his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the St. Louis University School of Law. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Jane, and their three children.Vcard