Heath combines his skills as an attorney, political advisor, media strategist and public policy affairs consultant providing critical advice to business executives and public officials at the highest levels of government and publicly traded companies. He is the founding partner of Garrett McNatt Hennessey & Carpenter 360 law firm and COMM360, a public relations and marketing firm. In addition to these roles, Heath is a principal political strategist with the national political media firm Strategic Partners and Media.
Heath began his legal career as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of TroutmanSanders, LLP. He was then recruited by current U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to manage Isakson's 1996 Senate campaign. When Isakson served as Chair of the Georgia State Board of Education, Heath served as a legal and policy advisor. Heath served as Isakson's Chief of Staff and political strategist in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate from 1998 to 2008. Heath served as the chief political strategist for Isakson's historic U.S. Senate campaign in 2004. During the 2010 election cycle, Heath successfully managed the political strategy for Senator Isakson's re-election to the U.S. Senate, Sam Olens’ historic election as Attorney General (GA) and Brian Kemp's media campaign for Secretary of State (GA).
Heath also advises local, state and national political parties and associations. As an example, in 2010 Heath led the development of the political and commutations plan for the Georgia Republican Party, which led to the election of Republicans to every statewide constitutional office.
During 2011 and 2012 Heath served as a lead political strategist for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce effort to pass regional transportation SPLOST referendums outside of Metro Atlanta. Confronted with a difficult political landscape, the Chamber’s team successfully passed three regional referenda, which will result in $1.8 billion in new transportation funding from 2013-2022. Most recently, Heath was a consultant on the bi-partisan team chosen by the Georgia Charter Schools Association to pass the first state-wide charter school amendment in the U.S. The amendment passed with almost 59 percent of the vote during the November 2012 election.
In addition to various political clients, Heath provides communications and media guidance to numerous large and small businesses, associations, non-profits and chambers of commerce. Over the last decade, Heath's firms have successfully managed the expenditure of tens of millions of dollars in media production and placement throughout the state of Georgia. Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Heath to the Georgia Professional Standard Commission and State Ethics Commission in 2011. Heath is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia, where he served as Student Body President. Heath graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University Of Georgia School of Law in 1995.