Andrew W. Herf began working in the Ohio statehouse in 1994 as the Legislative Aide to State Senator Robert Cupp. During his two years on staff in the Ohio Senate, Andy worked on a variety of issues affecting business interests across the state including banking reform, insurance reform, building reform, campaign finance reform and pension reform.
In 1996, Andy joined the lobbying team at the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, a nationally renowned trade association representing the interest of large and small retailers in Ohio. His areas of expertise included liquor law, tobacco regulation, transportation issues, and security issues. During his time at the Council, Andy managed two affiliated trade associations including the Ohio Association of Convenience Stores and the Ohio Bakers Association, while also serving as the Vice President of Merchant Services, Inc., a corporation focused on providing member services to retailers in Ohio.
In 1999, Andy became the Vice President of the Craig Group, a Columbus based public relations firm which provides a variety of public relations services to clients including legislative representation, executive agency lobbying, trade association management, grass roots organization, grass tops organization, Political Action Committee management and issue campaign management.
Since leaving the Craig Group in 2001, Andy has worked for the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio. In his role as Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Andy has built one of the largest Political Action Committees in Ohio and successfully fought for the issues important to beer and wine wholesalers across the state, building overwhelming bi-partisan support for the entire alcohol beverage industry. Over the course of 12 years, Andy worked with national leaders to change the industry conversation into a defense of a regulatory system that offers value and selection to consumers, allows small and large business to compete in a fair marketplace, all the while serving the public good. In 2010, Andy served as the national President of the Wholesale Beer Association Executives.
In addition to the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio, Andy has also operated AW Herf & Co., LLC. AW Herf & Co. is a multi-client firm representing a variety of interests ranging from pension and retirement issues, financial services, travel and tourism issues, both statewide and regional, and contract procurement.