updated 5/13/2011 10:16:45 AM ET 2011-05-13T14:16:45

LOS ANGELES, May 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Juan F. Garza, a multi-disciplinary professional most recently a key Southern California manager at Republic Services, a Fortune 500 company and the nation's second largest disposal company, is joining Englander Knabe & Allen (EKA) as Vice President.

Juan is a successful government and public affairs professional with multiple government and media contacts at the local, regional, state and federal levels. His advocacy accomplishments include helping obtain over $300 million in public funds for projects related to port development, intermodal transportation, state-of-the-art security technology, leading environmental initiatives, water resources, seawater desalination, water infrastructure and waste transportation.  

"Juan's advocacy experience and enduring relationships while working with all levels of government will be a key asset to the firm and our clients. His experience is a perfect complement to the industries we currently represent. He offers an additional industry and service option to our current and prospective client base.  I am delighted to welcome Juan into our family as we grow and expand the firm," said managing partner Harvey A. Englander.

"I look forward to adding value to our customers and integrating my areas of expertise with EKA as the company continues its strong growth," said Garza. "EKA is the top independent public affairs and advocacy firm in the Los Angeles area, and I'm confident that joining and contributing as Vice President will significantly contribute to the firm's continuing success."

Before joining Republic Services, he was a member of the executive team at the Port of Long Beach (the nation's second largest container port) and at the Long Beach Water Department (a national leader in water conservation and environmental stewardship). He also worked in management capacities at the national level while in the real estate service industry working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and honorable military service on behalf of our nation while in the United States Army. A resident of Bellflower and native of Southeast Los Angeles County, Juan is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he received a Masters in Public Administration.

Englander Knabe & Allen's client roster includes companies such as Westfield, Motorola, Downey Regional Medical Center, LegalZoom, AT&T and the Los Angeles Police Protective League. EKA provides strategic counsel to clients on a wide range of issues, with particular focus on, and experience in, reputation and crisis management, litigation support, public affairs, government advocacy, media relations, community relations, financial communications and marketing material development.

About Englander Knabe & Allen

Englander Knabe & Allen is a strategic communications firm specializing in Lobbying, Public Affairs and Issues and Crisis Communications and Litigation Support.  In 2011 the Los Angeles Business Journal named EKA the Largest Los Angeles Based Independent Public Relations Agency.  For more information visit www.englanderpr.com .

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         Eric@englanderpr.com

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