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Universal lobbyist John McReynolds wields power, ruffles feathers

Universal lobbyist John McReynolds wields power, ruffles feathers

As Universal Parks and Resorts has undergone exponential growth, its chief lobbyist has forged tight political alliances and has had a voice in public issues throughout the region and the nation.

Now, John McReynolds is also chairman of the amusement industry's premier trade association, representing attractions and related businesses worldwide.

McReynolds has had some missteps along the way, including his recent unsuccessful attempt, on behalf of Universal, to derail the Skyplex roller coaster project on International Drive. Critics have described him as overconfident and too aggressive. Those who admire him say he's smart, focused, dedicated and effective.

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