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ABOUT

Navigators Compass is the strategic communications arm of Navigators Global. The team behind Navigators Compass is revered for developing innovative messaging and communications plans that bolster corporate and industry reputations and win tough policy fights.

Our team has designed and implemented a multitude of notable public relations and political campaigns by focusing on identifiable target audiences, internal and external influences, and key message analysis and development. Our ability to drive long-term integrated messaging campaigns that arm clients with a powerful platform for effective communications gives Navigators Compass the expert status that our clients have come to value.

Navigators Compass is the strategic communications arm ofNavigators Global. The team behind Navigators Compass is revered for developing innovative messaging and communications plans that bolster corporate and industry reputations and win tough policy fights.

Our team has designed and implemented a multitude of notable public relations and political campaigns by focusing on identifiable target audiences, internal and external influences, and key message analysis and development. Our ability to drive long-term integrated messaging campaigns that arm clients with a powerful platform for effective communications gives Navigators Compass the expert status that our clients have come to value.

Navigators Compass is led by Phil Anderson and Rob Stutzman.

SERVICES

Our top priority is to promote and protect the image of our clients. With decades of experience placing stories and scheduling interviews with top news outlets as well as briefing and advising clients before important interviews, our team specializes in leveraging earned media to establish and maintain our clients’ standing in the public view.

CASE STUDIES:
Higher Achievement
BuildStrong Coalition

Navigators Compass has extensive experience aggregating, manipulating, and repurposing data to ensure peak advertising efficiency for our clients. Blending our experiences with high-stakes political races and corporate campaigns, we tailor messages to target audience segments that will lead to activation and conversion. Likewise, we always provide creative content that is relevant, engaging, timely, and location-specific.

CASE STUDIES:
State Ballot Initiative
Navigators Compass has decades of experience conducting public opinion research for a broad range of corporate, political, and association clients. After executing and analyzing this research, we take the next step by applying our findings to develop and execute a reputation strategy and an aggressive message platform that counteracts negative responses and capitalizes on positive findings.

CASE STUDIES:
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
All Pain, No Gain
Navigators Compass is nationally recognized as one of the top political and issue advertising firms in the nation. With more than 20 years of involvement in political advocacy advertising, we have rare and effective experience in communicating issues in a wide range of mediums from digital to television to radio to print and beyond. From conception to placement, we combine the best practices of a Madison Avenue advertising agency with those of a battle-tested political campaign.

CASE STUDIES:
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

Navigators Compass has managed and won some of the toughest high-profile political initiatives and referendums in the nation. Our team has executed campaigns that successfully combine strategic messaging, earned and paid media strategies, grassroots outreach tactics, and more. Having led ballot initiatives and referendums teams at the local, statewide, and national levels, we bring tested and proven campaign strategies to help our clients navigate the political landscape.

CASE STUDIES:
Home Depot – No on Measure B
No on Propositions 68 & 70 – Join Arnold; Get a Better Deal for California
Proposition 67: Stop the Phone Tax
Yes on Propositions 57 & 58 – Californians for a Balanced Budget
Yes for a Greater Miami-Dade Campaign

Navigators Compass approaches elections — both U.S. and international — through the lens of a detailed strategic plan. Utilizing this core strategic plan, we garner support and target key demographics via a combination of digital outreach, television and radio advertising, opposition research, sophisticated get-out-the-vote programs, and more. Our team has experience training diverse campaign staffs and is committed to providing ongoing media relations counsel to ensure rapid response.

CASE STUDIES:
Tanzania
As advisors to some of America’s most powerful elected officials and largest companies, Navigators Compass has extensive experience with crisis communications. Our in-house experts have handled the media from the local to the highest national level, facing withering questions and hot camera lights in various real-life crises. This has given them the expertise needed to prepare and implement rapid-response plans to help our clients manage a crisis, mitigate their liabilities, and turn negatives into positives — ultimately saving their reputations and money.

CASE STUDIES:
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers

Navigators Compass excels in directing coalition and grassroots campaigns. Our team has a long track record of managing successful field campaigns — from which we have developed an affiliated network of field operatives that reaches into every congressional district in the country — ensuring that lawmakers hear from key influencers and constituents in their districts and states. From building and directing coalitions to driving participation at lawmaker events to generating emails, Tweets, letters, and phone calls into lawmaker offices, Navigators can effectively manage any level of grassroots or coalition work.

CASE STUDIES:
All Pain, No Gain
BuildStrong Coalition
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition

From message development to interview rehearsals, Navigators Compass works to ensure that our clients are prepared and able to think on their feet in any interview situation. Our team has prepared presidential, congressional, and local candidates; corporate executives; association directors; and more on how to best convey a message with maximum impact.

CASE STUDIES:
Higher Achievement

The first vital step in any successful public affairs campaign is to define a message. Navigators Compass excels in distilling complex public policy issues into language that resonates with key stakeholder groups. For every campaign, we develop a core Message Bible to enforce message discipline and ensure that our clients are communicating the right information at the appropriate times.

CASE STUDIES:
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Continental Airlines
All Pain, No Gain

By building dynamic, visually engaging websites that are meant to be viewed on any device, Navigators Compass establishes a digital headquarters tailored with accessories that allow our clients to reach their target audience and gain and retain advocates. With one-of-a-kind whiteboard videos that distill complex issues into simple, engaging narratives; visually grabbing digital and print ads; graphically-enhanced one-pagers, and other collateral materials, we establish a multimedia campaign that draws our clients’ targets back to the digital headquarters where they will enter our follow-up messaging funnel to maximize retention and brand awareness.

CASE STUDIES:
BuildStrong Coalition
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition
TracFone Wireless, Inc.

Navigators Compass builds a customized digital target list for every one of our clients. We utilize this tailored list to deliver our clients’ messages straight onto the computer, mobile device, and connected TV screens of target audience members in the form of high impact ad units. Pairing these display, social, and video advertisements with our expertise in social media advocate engagement, we are able to “hook” the target audiences, draw them back to the campaign website, and maximize retention and brand awareness.

CASE STUDIES:
All Pain, No Gain
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition
BuildStrong Coalition
National Public Radio

A good brand is the essential foundation for a successful campaign. For this reason, we always start a campaign by developing a clear, unique brand for each client. With this, Navigators Compass is able to tailor our clients’ communications strategies to sell a message that establishes loyal advocates among core influencers and the public at large.

CASE STUDIES
Caruso Affiliated – The Shops at Santa Anita
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Navigators Compass excels in tough-to-win land use battles. By combining public relations, communications, and grassroots advocacy, we are prepared to assess and reposition public opinion to garner the necessary support for our clients’ land use goals.

CASE STUDIES:
Caruso Affiliated – The Shops at Santa Anita
All Pain, No Gain

Some battles are best fought at the state level. In addition to our expertise in federal issue advocacy, we have strong relationships with governors and other important state-level officials that allow us to address our clients’ needs through a localized, targeted effort.

CASE STUDIES:
All Pain, No Gain

Navigators Compass works closely with lobbyists daily to provide invaluable government relations support. Our elite team of communications strategists has made significant impacts on public policy, regulations, laws, initiatives, referendums, and government opinions. From developing strategic messaging to planning and executing multimedia communications campaigns, we offer one-of-a-kind lobbying support that helps garner lawmaker, thought leader, and public support and moves our clients’ issue agendas to the forefront.

CASE STUDIES
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
BuildStrong Coalition
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition
General Motors

CLIENT LIST

Aetna, Inc.
AgustaWestland North America Inc.
All Pain, No Gain
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliant Techsystems (ATK)
American Bankers Association
American Council of Life Insurers
American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Insurance Association
American Petroleum Institute (API)
Associated Builders & Contractors
Association for Advanced Life Underwriting
The Assurant Group
BuildStrong Coalition
Caruso Affiliated Inc.
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
Coalition of California Growers
Coalition to Protect Competitive Markets
Continental Airlines
Compete America
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
Culligan
Education Reform Experience
Electronic Payments Coalition
Financial Services Coordinating Council
Foundation for the National Archives
General Motors
Group Life Coalition
Higher Achievement
Home Depot
Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission
National Public Radio
Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
New York Jets
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Property Casualty Insurers
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition
Securities Industry Association
State Ballot Initiative
Tanzania
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Travel Industry Association
Travelers
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Yuba Highlands Development
 

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PHIL ANDERSON

PRESIDENT & SENIOR STRATEGIST

Mr. Anderson leads Navigators Compass. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Anderson held a series of policy and political positions on Capitol Hill, with the National Republican Party, and with the George H.W. Bush Administration, including serving as Special Assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle and Deputy Assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater. Mr. Anderson also has 20 years of experience advising corporations, industries and elected officials on public policy issues and has implemented successful public policy campaigns for over 30 different clients and coalitions. He formed the Financial Services Coordinating Council (FSCC), served as its executive director, and led it to important financial services legislative victories. He also revived an insurance industry building code coalition and – while serving as the coalition’s executive director – branded it as the BuildStrong Coalition, significantly grew its budget and membership, and positioned the group as the “go-to” organization for mitigation and building code policy at the federal level. As executive director of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition, Mr. Anderson has succeeded in re-framing the discussion surrounding the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 and garnering conservative support for the bill by positioning it as the free market solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. While leading the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in its effort to defeat card check, Mr. Anderson successfully shifted the battle between unions and the CDW into a fight about secret ballots and workplace privacy, causing card check to die in the Senate. Named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill, Mr. Anderson has also been a frequent media source with commentary appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, and Investment News. He has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes II, CNN, CNBC, FOX NEWS, and ABC. In 2004, Mr. Anderson was selected for the advisory board of George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he serves as a guest lecturer on politics and advocacy.

ROB STUTZMAN

SENIOR STRATEGIST

As the former deputy chief of staff for communications for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Stutzman has been perched on what PR Week described as the “front row seat in politics” throughout California’s recent tumultuous political history. One of California’s most quoted political operatives, Mr. Stutzman served as an advisor to the governor’s campaign. Mr. Stutzman is also the founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications, and crisis management. Prior to joining Navigators Compass, Mr. Stutzman operated a consulting venture, which managed statewide campaigns and pioneered the use of internet communications for volunteer and campaign management efforts. In addition, Mr. Stutzman served as communications director for Attorney General Dan Lungren and worked in the Office of the Minority Leader in the California State Senate.

Robert Sechrist

SENIOR DIGITAL STRATEGIST

Before bringing his digital expertise to Navigators Compass, Mr. Sechrist spent three cycles in Washington, DC at the Republican State Leadership Committee, during which period the organization led Republicans to acquire over 700 state legislative seats and 21 chambers nationally in the historic 2010 cycle. Throughout this time, Mr. Sechrist built the RSLC Digital Department and was a driving force behind the RSLC’s online presence during its $39 million 2012 cycle. He continues to manage and direct all RSLC online independent expenditure campaigns and lead Acquire Digital – a full service digital firm. Under Mr. Sechrist’s leadership last cycle, Acquire Digital achieved success for its political clients in 14 states while working with National Committees, technology startups, and placing millions in digital advertising buys. In 2014, Mr. Sechrist was recognized by Campaign and Elections Magazine as a “Rising Star.”

CLIFF PINTAK

SENIOR ADVERTISING/MESSAGE STRATEGIST

Mr. Pintak is a message strategist who has created communications, advertising and grassroots campaigns nationally for over 25 years. He has steered successful major industry and corporate positioning efforts and dozens of state and federal election campaign battles, as well as statewide independent expenditures and issue advocacy campaigns. Mr. Pintak has also created messaging and advertising for companies and associations facing challenges in the regulatory, manufacturing, health care, defense, medical, labor, technology, energy, and legal reform sectors. An expert in moving public opinion on complicated issues like legal reform, Mr. Pintak spearheaded the creation of the highly successful U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Judicial Education” effort and has created several large campaigns designed to reform our courts. In addition to Mr. Pintak’s diverse domestic experience, he has put his expertise to work on four continents in locations as varied as Albania, Australia, Canada, Serbia, and Turkey. He has spoken on the topics of issue campaigns and politics for national and state political parties, as well as organizations such as the Smithsonian Institute. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Pintak received his BA in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Jessica Medeiros Garrison

Senior State Strategist

Ms. Garrison is the lead state strategist for Navigators Compass, where she draws on her experience as a counselor and strategist for corporations, trade associations, and national non-profit organizations. She previously served as Executive Director of the Republican Attorneys General Association, where she led the organization to quadruple its fundraising and, for the first time in American history, win a clear majority (27) of state Republican Attorneys General offices. Ms. Garrison successfully managed the 2010 Luther Strange campaign for Alabama Attorney General and later served as Chief Counsel and Deputy Attorney General in the 2011 administration of Attorney General Luther Strange. Prior to this, she was a partner at the law firm of Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, L.L.P in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ms. Garrison graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree and later from the University’s School of Law.

Andy Keiser

Strategist

Mr. Keiser was Deputy National Security Senior Advisor to the pre-election phase of the Trump for America transition team, where he prepared and advised the transition’s policy, personnel, and agency action teams on all aspects of the national security portfolio. Mr. Keiser was also the head writer for a radio program nationally syndicated by Westwood One, assisted in the production of the CNN series “Declassified,” and is President of Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS), a social welfare organization dedicated to driving the national security policy debate. Mr. Keiser also served for 14 years on Capitol Hill for former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Committee. Mr. Keiser served as Rogers’ top political, policy and communications advisor, successfully managing all communications for three re-election campaigns. In this role, Mr. Keiser developed a crisis communications expertise and close relationships with dozens of top national security and political journalists. Mr. Keiser has a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from the United States Naval War College. He is active in various national security-focused policy projects at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and at the Hudson Institute.

José A. Fuentes

Community Outreach Strategist

A veteran of political communications and public affairs, José A. Fuentes has served in all branches of government at the federal, state and local levels. José began his career in the U.S. House of Representatives, moved to be an advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and then was the communications director for the United States Agency on International Development (USAID). He is an expert in political messaging and public affairs and has appeared on CNN, in The Wall Street Journal, and in the New York Times, as well as in a variety of other national and international publications. In addition, José also served as communications director for former Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio and was an advisor to the mayor of Miami-Dade County. As an expert in telecommunications, José was responsible for national advocacy campaigns and lobbying for TracFone Wireless, Inc. Prior to joining Navigators Compass, José served as director for eGov at eMerge Americas, a B2B tech event and orchestrated bringing both the public and private sector together to discuss innovative ways governments can enhance their citizens through technology. Mr. Fuentes is a graduate of the University of Miami.

WILL MARTINEZ

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL AND LOGISTICS

Mr. Martinez brings a top-level political experience to Navigators Compass, having worked on both Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. Mr. Martinez served as lead advance coordinator for Governor Bush’s presidential campaign and was responsible for briefing the candidate, overseeing event production, and arranging travel and media appearances for the Governor. Mr. Martinez also worked with the Republican State Leadership Committee and led the effort to secure and launch the domain .gop as the preferred home for the Republican Party. Previously, Mr. Martinez spent two years in New York as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and two years with a successful technology startup aimed at yield management for restaurants called savored.com, which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. Mr. Martinez is a native Floridian and graduate of Georgetown University.

TAYLOR KEENEY

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

Ms. Keeney leads strategic communications and public affairs for Navigators Compass. She has over seven years of experience working in political, nonprofit, and issue-based communications and served as press secretary to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell during his 2009 campaign for governor and throughout his administration. As press secretary, she worked with national and Virginia media as the primary spokesperson for the governor’s office. She also developed strategic messages, op eds, and press releases for the governor and his cabinet. Ms. Keeney briefly left the governor’s office to work as communications director for Bill Bolling’s campaign for governor, where she oversaw message development, media relations, and social media strategy. Since getting her start in communications as press assistant to Cindy McCain during John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, Ms. Keeney has most recently led regional communications for Teach for America, a national nonprofit. Ms. Keeney is a 2009 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A native of Southern California, she currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

SAMANTHA ROSE

DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

Ms. Rose coordinates all Navigators Compass activities and leverages communications strategy for legislative campaigns. Prior to joining Navigators, Ms. Rose served as a media and advertising coordinator, developed and implemented an annual marketing plan for an economic revitalization nonprofit, and served as the social media marketing manager for a dining establishment in Southern California. She brings to Navigators experience in the communications and marketing arena, with a strong skill set in writing and online content management. Ms. Rose is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.

Shelby Taussig

Digital Projects Manager

Mrs. Taussig brings extensive corporate campaign experience to Navigators Compass having worked in a variety of industries across the United States and Europe, including SeaWorld, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Florida Hospital – one of the largest hospital systems in the state. A graduate of the University of Florida, and in her spare time pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Rollins College Crummer School of Business, Mrs. Taussig provides strategic media planning, campaign support and continuous optimization – producing cutting edge holistic campaigns that address client goals and deliver optimal results. Shelby empowers all of our clients for success.

Kyle Burns

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

With a background in digital, print, video and audio, Mr. Burns has been involved with creative production of all mediums for well over a decade. Aside from spending over eight years touring the world in a rock band, Mr. Burns has offered his successful creative services to all industries spanning from entertainment to pharmaceutical healthcare and everything in between. From product branding to advertising, Mr. Burns knows exactly what an audience expects to see from his clients and will exceed those expectations in every form of multimedia.