Named by the Denver Business Journal as one of the region’s top-performing business newsmakers two years in a row, Tony Gagliardi is the Colorado and Wyoming state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, America’s largest small-business association.
He runs the lobbying, political and educational operations for NFIB in both states, which includes the constant reminder to policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of big businesses, but instead have different difficulties in remaining solvent.
In the 10 years he’s been NFIB’s state director, Gagliardi’s lobbying successes have included lower business-personal-property-tax rates, protection of small-business owners from unfair liability, and defeat of attacks on the rights of independent contractors to earn a living. In the last session of the Colorado Legislature, Gagliardi helped bring about the end of the state’s Pay Equity Commission for straying from its original purpose and becoming a hive of big labor and big government supporters who started threatening businesses with adopt-our-recommendations-or-else policies.
Prior to joining NFIB, Gagliardi ran his own government-relations, consulting and lobbying firm, Tony Gagliardi & Associates, for eight years, whose stable of clients included Quiat International Resources, Cripple Creek Casino Association, Mobil Tool International, Colorado Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, National Association of Royalty Owners, Colorado Childcare Association, and Intelaguard.
Known for his humor and easy going nature when discussing issues affecting small business, Gagliardi is a sought after speaker by various community and business organizations.
His civic involvement has included service on the state’s workforce board, and his community involvement has included service as a volunteer fireman. He also served on the board of directors for the Colorado Society of Association Executives.
Mr. Gagliardi and his wife of 37 years make their home in Denver.