About Deno Hicks
Deno is the President of River North Strategies. With more than 20 years of experience providing government affairs and business development support services throughout Florida, he has built his reputation on successful results through thoughtful understanding of his clients’ needs, alignment of goals and objectives, and advocating firmly with sound strategy. Deno has successfully represented a variety of industries, including real estate, technology, the energy sector, health care, maritime, outdoor advertising, transportation, telecommunications, water utilities, and has worked on local/state incentives and procurement support.
A Jacksonville native, Deno began his career in the engineering and consulting industry, but has consistently directed his attention toward public policy. Locally, Deno has served on the Mayor’s Transition Team, Major Issues Committee for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Update, Sheriff’s Community Engagement Task Force, Planning Commission for the City of Jacksonville, the Zoning Code Re-Write Committee for the City of Jacksonville, and on the City’s Charter Revision Commission.
Deno was elected Republican State Committeeman in Duval County and Chairman of Congressional District 4, where he served a four-year term. He continued offering his service to the State being appointed by various Governor’s to the Florida Greenways and Trails Council, as a member of the 4th Circuit Court Judicial Nominating Commission, as one of the governor’s ten appointees to the Executive Board of the Republican Party of Florida, as a nominee to the Electoral College, and as a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Deno supported the George W. Bush administration as Florida liaison to the Department of Political Affairs of the White House.
Through his entire career Deno continues his commitment to giving back to his community through financial support and service to countless nonprofits over the years in Northeast Florida, including Leadership Florida Class XXXVI, JaxBiz, the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Family Support Services of Northeast Florida, K9’s For Warriors, American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, and Florida House, the state’s embassy in Washington, D.C.
Deno is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and later served as chairman of his College’s Professional Advisory Council. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Lee-Catherine Bateh Hicks and their three children.