S-3 Group Named 2020 Top-Performing Lobbying Firm

Each year, Bloomberg Government releases its annual Top-Performing Lobbying Firms report, which focuses on the 306 firms that reported $1 million or more in lobbying revenue. For the fourth year in a row, we are proud to say the S-3 Group has been awarded this honor. Not only that, S-3 Group stands out in Bloomberg’s report as a firm that exceeded performance metrics.

Thank you to our clients for their partnerships with us and to our incredible lobbying team for their continued hard work and dedication to going above and beyond for our clients!

Read the full report here.

 

 

National Air Traffic Controllers Association Chief Lobbyist Jose Ceballos Joins S-3 Group

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group announced today that Jose L. Ceballos will join the firm as a Principal on the Government Relations team. Ceballos joins the firm from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) where he served as Director of Government Affairs for over 20 years leading the bipartisan political and legislative strategy and activities for the union.

Ceballos is an accomplished public policy advocate and political strategist with more than two decades of experience in government, politics, public relations, and community affairs arenas. Prior to joining NATCA, Ceballos served in the Clinton Administration presidential appointee as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He was previously appointed as Confidential Assistant to the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce and led an intra-agency task force for the U.S. Treasury Department. Ceballos also served on numerous White House Working Groups and was appointed to the U.S. delegation headed by President Carter transferring control of the Panama Canal.

Ceballos has served in senior posts at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the Democratic National Convention and numerous congressional campaigns. Ceballos has also held key positions on presidential campaigns, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff of VP Ops for Kerry for President; Director of the Miami-Dade County’s Campaign and Recount for Gore-Lieberman; and Florida’s Political Director for Clinton-Gore—winning the state for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in 20 years.

“Jose deepens our Democratic bench in the House, Senate and the Administration.  His extensive experience on both the policy and political fronts makes him a perfect addition to our bipartisan team. He knows how to move the needle and get things done which will have an immediate impact for our clients,” said S-3 Group Managing Partner John Scofield.

Ceballos joins the bipartisan government relations team at S-3 Group that is anchored by veterans of the House and Senate leadership, key Congressional committees, and political campaigns. The firm recently added Olivia Kurtz, former Chief of Staff to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). The team provides clients with unique insights and influence that deliver public policy and regulatory objectives.

Read the announcement in POLITICO Influence.

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.

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Digital Insights From GameStop’s Market Rise

Last month, Reddit’s now-famous army of day traders created historic market turmoil. Our Head of Digital, Hastie Afkhami, warns that the political and financial ramifications of the GameStop ‘meme’ investment rally are far from over. Companies must be ready to anticipate threats and protect themselves online.

These five digital strategies will provide early warnings and help prevent damaging fallout should your company become target of a ‘meme’ campaign.

  • Up your listening game. Ensure you’re thinking about your organization’s digital reputation holistically. Write queries that reflect the way users are actually talking about your brand, not the way you’d like them to be talking about your brand. Cast a wide digital net and make sure you look for spikes.
  • All platforms have value. There are no fringe digital platforms anymore. With advances in search, you should expect your digital monitoring to search every platform.
  • Be first to listen but be slow to engageBeing an active listener on the hot new platform is smart, but don’t dive headfirst into Reddit if it doesn’t make sense for you or your brand.
  • Pay attention to the nontraditional voicesDon’t discount the influence of a user because they’re missing a blue checkmark or because their primary sphere of influence exists on a platform other than Twitter. Spend time researching both your possible advocates and your possible attackers.
  • Know your online formula. Where do conversations about your brand originate? Are users talking about your brand differently on Twitter than they are on Reddit? Keep in mind that, while it’s essential to have a strong understanding of how your brand is perceived online, you shouldn’t assume this formula is consistent.
Read more via Morning Consult.

Digital Senior Analyst Reagan Lawn Joins S-3 Group

Our Digital team is growing! We are excited to announce the addition of our newest Digital Manager, Reagan Lawn. She joins us from Edelman, where she was most recently a senior analyst on the Data & Intelligence team. Congratulations, Reagan, and welcome to the team!

Read the announcement in POLITICO Influence.

Sen. Collins’ Chief of Staff Joins S-3 Group

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group announced today that Olivia Kurtz will join the firm as a Principal on the Government Relations team. Kurtz joins the firm from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) office where she has served as the Senator’s Chief of Staff, Legislative Director and a senior policy advisor over the last ten years.

Kurtz is a veteran of Capitol Hill with broad policy experience, including fifteen years of work on appropriations matters. As one of Senator Collins’ top advisors, Kurtz has been at the center of every major recent policy initiative. Prior to joining Collins’ office in 2010, Kurtz served as Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) where she focused on health care, energy and appropriations policy.

“Olivia is a rock star, we couldn’t be more excited that she is joining our bipartisan team. Her extensive legislative experience, stellar reputation and astute political acumen will provide instant value to our clients,” said Managing Partner John Scofield.

Kurtz joins the bipartisan government relations team at S-3 Group. The team is anchored by veterans of the House and Senate leadership, key Congressional committees, and political campaigns. The team provides clients with unique insights and influence that deliver public policy and regulatory objectives.

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives. 

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Top Lobbyists 2020

Rob Collins and Mike Ference Named Top Lobbyists in 2020

Amid a global pandemic and the presidential and congressional elections, our team of lobbyists delivered top results to our clients. Congratulations to Rob Collins and Mike Ference on being recognized for their efforts and being named Top Lobbyists by The Hill in 2020!

Read the full article in The Hill.

Campaign Communication Vet Sarah Dolan Schneider Joins S-3 Group

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group announced today that Sarah Dolan Schneider will join the firm as a Vice President of Public Affairs.  Dolan Schneider, a veteran political operative and communicator, joins S-3 Group from America Rising where she spearheads the group’s successful efforts over the last two campaign cycles.  She will advise clients in all aspects of communications and public affairs strategy and campaign implementation.

Dolan Schneider currently serves as the Executive Director of America Rising PAC and America Rising Squared (AR2), a 501(c)(4), after having served as Communications Director for both entities. She leads a team of communicators focusing on promoting research-driven narratives against candidates in presidential, Senate, and congressional races across the country. She also oversaw the expansion of America Rising’s state-based chapters specializing in policy advocacy utilizing research and rapid response communications. She was previously the Director of Media Relations at the National Restaurant Association and Press Secretary to former Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). Prior to those roles, she was the Rapid Response Director for Governor Chris Christie’s presidential campaign. She joined Governor Christie’s communications team in Trenton, New Jersey in 2012 and served in several roles including Deputy Press Secretary and Research Director.

“Sarah is an outstanding communicator with talent to find and create narratives out of data, research, and information,” said Howard Opinsky, Managing Director of S-3 Group. “Sarah’s campaign and advocacy skills were forged in tough fights and will be a new asset for our clients looking to break through the news clutter with impactful stories in both earned and owned media. We are excited to welcome her to S-3 Group.”

“S-3 Group helps clients craft and deploy compelling narratives to win the tough challenges and Sarah knows how to do that well,” said John Scofield, Managing Partner of S-3 Group. “Her addition to our public affairs team brings fresh media and influencer contacts that will be invaluable to our clients.”

Dolan Schneider joins the public affairs team at S-3 Group that develops messages and strategies; creates written, visual, and multi-media materials; develops and places paid advertising; creates and runs coalitions and grassroots campaigns; engages media; and more. The team’s services are offered as integrated strategies in government relations programs or as stand-alone offerings.

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.

The “What Ifs” of the 2020 Election

Our Managing Director, Howard Opinsky, sits down with WNYC Radio’s RadioLab and Rosa Brooks of the Transition Integrity Project. Together, they explore the “What Ifs” of the 2020 election outcome.

Part war game, part choose your own adventure, this illuminating episode is a stress test on our laws, our institutions, and on the commitment to democracy. Listen here now!

S-3 Group Brings on Appropriations Committee Veteran Jennifer Holmes and Expands Operations Team

Washington, DC – S-3 Group today announced that Jennifer Holmes and Aeyesha Farooqui have joined the firm’s newly expanded operations team to help manage continued growth at the firm. Jennifer will lead the team as Vice President of Operations and will draw on her 30-year career on the House Appropriations Committee to counsel clients. Aeyesha will support the firm’s principals, manage and coordinate schedules, and engage with external clients and government entities. 

Jennifer’s career with the House Appropriations Committee began in 1990 when she joined the former Treasury, Postal Service Subcommittee. She later moved to the Defense Subcommittee and the Full Committee before serving for the last 12 years on the Legislative Branch Subcommittee where she held the position of Clerk and Staff Director. In addition to her work on Capitol Hill, Jennifer previously managed a lobbying firm and helps manage with her husband their family-owned horse boarding business. 

Aeyesha joins from Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants’ Fiola Mare where she was Maitre’d and In-house Artist. She has more than eight years of client service and hospitality expertise including extensive work establishing and maintaining rapport with VIPs, politicians, investors and business leaders. Ayesha conducted trainings at the restaurant and supervised the host staff as well. Her artwork can be found in many places around Washington including the front cover of the Fiola Mare menu 

About S-3 Group 

S3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives.  

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S-3 Group Promotes Gillan to VP of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, DC – S-3 Group today announced the promotion of Zach Gillan to Vice President of Public Affairs. In his new role, Zach will lead client engagements with significant content and coalition management needs. He will also work to enhance the firm’s policy insights and analysis while continuing to play a central role on a wide range of accounts across a variety of industries. 

Zach joined S-3 Group in 2019 after managing political and issue advocacy research for the Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network. He helped develop messaging for paid media that was utilized in over $120 million in independent expenditures in the 2018 midterm elections. At American Action Network, Zach’s work supported the largest paid media campaign in the country urging passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Zach has also held various positions at the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the 2012, 2014, and 2016 election cycles including deputy research director when Republicans obtained and held the majority in the U.S. Senate.  

S-3 Group’s public affairs team develops messages and strategies; creates written, visual, and multi-media materials; develops and places paid advertising; creates and runs coalitions and grassroots campaigns; engages media; and more. The team’s services are offered as integrated strategies in government relations programs or as stand-alone offerings. 

About S-3 Group

S-3 Group is an integrated legislative, regulatory, and communications consultancy that helps clients shape policy outcomes and brand reputations. The firm brings together the power of its access, reach, and knowledge with the latest stakeholder engagement methods to create unprecedented influence for its clients. S-3 Group’s bipartisan team of policy, media, digital, grassroots, and political experts work together using the latest data to develop insights and strategies that help clients achieve their objectives. 

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