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THE AXIOM STORY

  1. 1994

    Humble Beginnings

    After growing up on a hog farm in northern Missouri, an Army National Guard Howitzer gunman and future Axiom Strategies founder Jeff Roe begins his political career at the ground level, helping elect then-State Representative Sam Graves to the Missouri Senate.

  2. 2000

    Federal Politics

    Jeff manages State Senator Graves’s successful campaign for Congress and is named Chief of Staff.

  3. 2002

    Missouri Takeover

    Jeff helps orchestrate Missouri Republicans’ takeover of the General Assembly – their first majority in 50 years.

  4. 2005

    Axiom Born with Big Ideas

    Jeff leaves Congressman Graves’s office to open Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm with the goal of electing conservatives to Congress and other offices nationwide.

  5. 2008

    A Taste of Presidential Politics

    Axiom debuts on the Presidential level assisting Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with a massive voter ID effort in Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and the Super Tuesday states.

  6. 2010

    Branching Out Again

    Axiom opens its first office outside of Kansas City, expanding to Washington DC.

  7. 2014

    Becoming the Largest Mail Firm

    Axiom’s voter contact division sends more mail for federal candidates than any other Republican firm in the nation, while raking in dozens of national awards.

  8. 2015

    Even More Local Knowledge

    Axiom expands its national footprint, opening offices in San Francisco and Austin and hiring local political experts from across the country.

  9. 2016

    An Historic Presidential Run

    Led by campaign manager Jeff Roe and Axiom’s data-driven philosophy, Ted Cruz wins the Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus with more votes than any candidate in the storied history of the caucus and goes on to win more delegates in the Primary than any candidate after President Trump.

  10. 2017

    Where We Are Today

    House Speaker Paul Ryan swears in 52 Axiom clients as Members of Congress after an election cycle which left 81% of Axiom clients victorious.

THE AXIOM FAMILY

Jeff
Roe

Jeff Roe is the founder of Axiom Strategies, a firm specializing in strategic consulting, direct voter contact and research services for congressional, senatorial and statewide campaigns. Axiom was founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 2005. Axiom Strategies is the fastest-growing and largest General Consulting political firm in the nation. Roe is best known for his data-driven and bare-knuckled approach to politics as well as his role as campaign manager for Ted Cruz’s 2016 run for president.

Axiom has helped elect 74 congressmen, 8 senators and 6 governors nationwide. In addition to political and ballot initiative campaigns, Jeff’s team regularly consults and provides crisis management to 8 Fortune 500 companies and over 20 public corporations on federal, state and local issues.

In 2016, Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace proclaimed Jeff was the “man behind the secret to Ted Cruz’s ground game.” Jeff is famous for his attention to detail and his strategic focus on the science of messaging, such as the Houston Chronicle explains, his desire to “keep a piece of campaign literature in a targeted voter’s hands for 48 seconds or more – instead of the industry average of 24 seconds – before it goes in the trash.” Others have noted that Ted Cruz’s campaign was perhaps “the most sophisticated” the first in the nation caucus state had ever witnessed. On MSNBC, pundits covering the 2016 primary said that Jeff Roe has become the ‘rock star’ in politics created each cycle to the likes of Lee Atwater, James Carville and David Plouffe. According to the Washington Post, “Ted Cruz ran the best campaign of any Republican politician in the 2016 primary.”

Jeff’s political career began at the ground level, working for then-State Representative Sam Graves in 1994, helping to elect him to State Senate and eventually Congress in 2000, after which he became Graves’ Chief of Staff. In 2001-02 Jeff helped Missouri Republicans take over the General Assembly for the first time in 50 years.

Axiom debuted on the Presidential level in 2008, when Jeff assisted Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee with a massive voter ID effort in dozens of states including Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and the Super Tuesday States. In 2012, Jeff was a consultant to Gov. Rick Perry’s Presidential campaign before ending the Presidential cycle assisting Newt Gingrich.

In 2010, Axiom added a Washington DC office and grew in staff and offices further in 2015 to include San Francisco and Austin. In 2017, Axiom opened an office in Annapolis and also dramatically expanded its West Coast presence, opening offices in Sacramento, San Diego and Seattle.

A Brookfield, Missouri native, Jeff grew up working on his family’s hog farm, was an Eagle Scout and joined the Army National Guard at the age of 17. He attended basic training at Ft. Still, Oklahoma and served in a 155 mm Howitzer Unit in South Korea.

He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He and his wife, Melissa, live in Houston with their daughters, Remington and Reagan, and son, Rockwell. They are members of Houston’s First Baptist Church.

Rob
Phillips

Rob is our Chief Operating Officer for all the Axiom companies and specializes in corporate growth, operational excellence and financial management. With twenty five years of building for profit organizations, Rob has presided over many companies prior to Axiom as a C-level executive in both the political and corporate environment.

He began his career in the technology consulting industry and assisted his partners in growing the firm to over 300 employees to be acquired by Computer Associates. From there Rob spent many years with operations consulting for private equity and boutique consulting firms to include mergers, acquisitions, growth strategies and financial management.

After being recruited to a consulting firm in New York City, Rob led the company by expanding from one office to seven across the U.S. and internationally over five years both organically and via acquisitions. Rob eventually moved to Miami to continuing his work in the public relations industry.

Rob’s management experience is extensive and he has been involved in many successful start-ups, mid-sized and large corporations. His passion is financial management, operational excellence and driving organizations to maximum profitability and growth.

A graduate of Franklin University (Summa Cum Laude), with a B.S. in Business Management, he currently lives in Dublin, Ohio (and sometimes Florida) with his wife Lisa. His passion outside of working is his church and family.

Sarah
Hoeller

Since its inception in 2005, Sarah has contributed to the exponential growth and success of Axiom Strategies. She has played key roles in the development from small regional consulting firm to robust, full-service and nationally recognized political agency, and serves today as head of the media buying team.

During the 2015-16 Republican Presidential Primary, Sarah served as Director of Operations for Cruz for President. In that capacity she had primary oversight of the $90 Million campaign budget and staffing and human resources management for 100+ personnel, and served as primary liaison with the RNC and television networks for all presidential primary debates.

Skilled at execution, Sarah has an acute attention to detail and uses her years of experience to steer campaigns and projects from their initial stages to full-scale operations. She is trusted and respected by her colleagues and peers in the industry and is a force within the organizations she works.

The American Association of Political Consultants honored Sarah in 2017 with its 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes leaders and innovators in the political business community who are making a mark in their organizations and their professions.

Sarah lives in Kansas City with her husband, Pete, and their two daughters.

Travis
Smith

Travis has worked at all levels of politics, from the George W. Bush White House to serving as a Congressional Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill.

From state legislative races, to coalition building for a Presidential campaign, to managing multiple top-tier, nationally targeted House races, Travis has experience in nearly every facet of a political campaign.

Now a partner at Axiom, Travis helps guide both incumbents and first time candidates to winning elections. Travis also regularly consults corporate clients on political issues.

He graduated from Liberty University in Virginia where he received his degree in Politics and Policy. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Travis now lives in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, their three boys, Sutton, Weston and Barron, and their daughter Elin.

Stephen
Puetz

Stephen’s broad spectrum of experience includes executive roles in government and consulting on major races in every region of the country.

Prior to joining Axiom, Stephen was the Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, managing the mayor’s executive office in a city with a $3.4B budget and 11,000 employees.

Stephen’s work in electing Faulconer – the only big city Republican mayor in America – earned him national acclaim, including recognition as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants in 2014. With Stephen at the helm, Faulconer’s approval ratings remained consistently high, despite only 26% Republican registration.

Stephen’s diverse experience and track record of turning campaign promises into executive results significantly benefit Axiom’s campaign and corporate clients.

Stephen was previously with Axiom during the 2010 election cycle. He was active in youth politics and is a former Chairman of the California College Republicans. He has a degree in Business Finance and lives in downtown San Diego with his wife Diana and their daughter Sophia.

Duane
Dichiara

For more than 20 years Duane Dichiara has been managing political campaigns. A general strategist, he has advised national, statewide, congressional, legislative, big city, and initiative campaigns throughout the country.

In the 1990’s Duane managed California legislative targets, where he helped re-invent the concept of Republican ground organizations.  This “RPD system” became a model for future GOP organizing efforts nationally.

A Sacramento veteran, Duane served as chief of staff to three members of the State Assembly and has been a partner in two successful political consulting firms. As one of the country’s leading writers of direct mail, he has received several of the American Association of Political Consultant’s "Pollie Awards."

Duane has served as chairman of the California Republican Party’s CALPLAN Committee, and founded both the California Republican Chiefs of Staff Association and GROW Elect, an organization that recruits, trains, and elects Latino Republicans.

Duane lives in Sacramento with his wife Valerie and children Ella and Wills.

Brandon
Moody

Brandon got his first paying job in politics at 19 - got hooked - and it's been his career ever since. Like many campaign junkies, Brandon drove from campaign to campaign early in his career with everything he owned in the trunk of his car working on races from New Hampshire (his home state), to Pennsylvania to Oregon. He has held almost every job in politics - starting as a candidate driver and body man - to fundraising, media, grassroots, coalition and campaign management. On Capitol Hill, he served as a Chief of Staff to Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, and was Patriot Program Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee. He now lives half the time in the San Francisco Bay Area and the other half on the aisle seat of an airplane. Brandon and his wife Angie have two daughters, Everly and Emerson.

Ethan
Zorfas

A fleece vest, nine individual socks, three shirts and one pair of jeans with a broken fly.  That’s all Ethan needed while being on the road for three straight months and fifteen states for Ted Cruz as the campaign’s Deputy Political Director.   As a New England native, Ethan wears his Republican victories coming from the bluest part of the county like Larry Bird and Tom Brady wear championship rings.  In addition to the Cruz campaign, Zorfas led Congressman Frank Guinta’s efforts as a Chief of Staff and General Consultant in New Hampshire’s 1st District- the most even district in terms of party registration in the country.  Ethan also led Bill Cassidy’s successful 2014 Senate victory against eighteen year incumbent Mary Landrieu in Louisiana.   Ethan resides in Washington, D.C. and has a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Matt
Langston

Matt Langston serves as a Vice-President at Axiom Strategies in Austin, Texas. He has worked in politics for many years at a variety of different levels.  Matt recently served as the Chief of Staff in the Texas Senate and he managed a historic Texas senate race in Dallas.

He has worked as a consultant in Tallahassee, Florida where he worked directly with political and corporate clients to develop strategy, media relations, and grassroots advocacy. Additionally, he has served in a variety of campaign and political roles including a presidential race, a U.S Senate race, and on numerous other campaigns.  He worked as a political appointee in Washington, DC for nearly four years including time at the U.S. Treasury Department and other agencies.

Matt is a Texas native and he holds a MA in Political Science from Florida State University and a BA in Political Science from Baylor University.

Nick
Schulte

“Nick, you sound grumpy.”
-Everyone, eventually

In March of 2012 I spent most of my working days in a cubicle in my hometown of St. Louis working for a large defense company, armed with a bachelor’s degree in Finance, a newly-minted MBA, and six years of experience in corporate finance.

A long-time friend of mine had just been hired at Axiom a few weeks prior. He was back in town for the holidays and told me they were spinning off their mail division and were looking for someone to manage the business operations of the new company as well as the logistics of mail production. They needed someone to bring process and organization and focus on execution. He told me I should interview.

At the time I was leading the proposal development for a contract that would push my program out past 2020 so the new job was risky, but it was also fascinating and exciting and just the challenge I was looking for. I interviewed for the job, was eventually offered the job, accepted, sold my house, and moved across the state, where I’ve worked approximately 1,000 hours per week ever since. My good friend subsequently took a big corporate gig, in perhaps the largest bait-and-switch in the history of mankind.

During my time at Axiom, I’ve experienced us spin off our mail division, move it back in, become one of the largest and most acclaimed political mail firms in the country, add digital, phones, polling, and media buying to our repertoire, and grow from a regional presence to a national player. I’m proud of the work we’ve produced for our clients, and honored to be part of this team.

Margarita
Fuksman

Margarita Fuksman joined Axiom Strategies in 2009 and manages many aspects of Axiom’s business processes, corporate accounts, event management and day to day operations.

Margarita has extensive event planning and fundraising experience as she’s helped organize many statewide, federal, presidential and personal events. Her widespread knowledge in the aspects of organizing events has allowed her to undertake anything from a small, intimate roundtable for congressional clients to presidential watch parties for over 600 guests.

She has helped run point on Axiom’s top corporate clients where she was asked to manage all aspects of organizational logistics, oversee board members, as well as travel and coordinate conferences and client meetings all over the country.

In 2015 Margarita moved to Houston, TX 2015 to facilitate in running the Headquarters for Ted Cruz’s Presidential Campaign. There she was able to implement her skills in office management, event planning and acquired many new skills and responsibilities such as accounting, financial tracking and senior staff management.

Originally from Overland Park, KS, Margarita holds a B.S. in Journalism and a discipline in Russian Studies from the University of Kansas. She now resides in Austin, TX where she manages the Axiom southern division.

Andrew
Salter

Andrew Salter joined Axiom in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Andrew spent 12 years in California working in pop culture design, corporate advertising, and music production. He chose to bring his talents to the world of politics because he believed he could elevate the level of design and creative that was commonplace in the industry at the time.

While working on the Cruz for President campaign, Andrew put his knowledge of psychology and influential design trends to good use. Results from the Cruz campaign proved that the same messaging was acted upon more when it was presented with high-end design and illustration. The lessons learned from that campaign were successfully applied to other races later in the cycle, like Dawn Buckingham's tight primary race for Texas Senate. Buckingham won the primary in a closely contested runoff, with Axiom's direct mail driven by Andrew's design playing a key role in delivering that narrow victory - voters surveyed named the direct mail from the race as more memorable than TV, radio, or digital advertising. Andrew looks forward to ensuring Axiom continues to out-do itself with industry-leading design and creative for many cycles to come.

In his down time, Andrew enjoys writing music, illustrating, skateboarding, playing almost any type of sport, and especially spending time with his family.  He lives in Kansas with his wife and two daughters.

David
Polyansky

David Polyansky is a strategist and communications counselor with professional experience in the political, legal, and public affairs sectors. Over the course of his career, he has been known for taking on tough challenges and helping many of his clients defy great odds.

Most recently, David served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz where he helped guide an office representing over 28 million Texans through numerous pivotal moments, including influencing several major components of the historic “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” of 2017, the rescue and recovery efforts of Hurricane Harvey up and down the Texas coast, and passage of five Cruz-sponsored bills through the first year of the Trump presidency.

David has served in a senior capacity to four Republican presidential campaigns, including as a senior adviser for Governor Scott Walker’s 2016 presidential campaign and then later joining Senator Cruz’s campaign as a senior adviser for politics and communications.

In 2015 David was awarded “Strategist of the Year” honors by the American Association of Political Consultants (“AAPC”) for his work as senior strategist to Joni Ernst’s historic victory where she became the 51st Republican senator in the new Republican majority and the first woman ever to represent the state of Iowa in Congress - the same election cycle he helped Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin earn her own historic re-election.

David has also worked with advocacy organizations, trade associations, state parties, and a major collegiate athletic department to advance their strategic and communications goals.

He is a six-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and in 2004 took a sabbatical from his legal career to join Texas’ 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines for duty in Al Anbar, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

David is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and was previously a practicing commercial litigator in Texas. Today, he resides in Houston, Texas with his wife, Kirsten, and two young children.

Emily
Miller

Emily Miller is an award¬-winning journalist and author who also served in high-level strategic communications positions in national government.

Miller was most recently the Senior Political Correspondent for One America News (OAN), a cable TV news channel. She covered the 2016 presidential campaign, Capitol Hill and the White House. Miller came to OAN from Fox 5 DC, where she was the Chief Investigative Reporter from 2014 to 2016. She has appeared as a guest host or analyst on Fox News, ABC, CNN, HBO, C-SPAN, MSNBC, PBS and CNBC.

Before TV, Miller was a print journalist, as the Senior Editor of the opinion pages at The Washington Times from 2011 to 2014. She is the author of the book, “Emily Gets Her Gun,” which is about the national political debate over gun control (Regnery, 2013.) Now - President Donald J. Trump endorsed her book, and his quote is on the back cover.

Miller also has extensive experience in political communications strategy on the national level. She was the Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of State during President George W. Bush’s administration. She worked directly with Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice to develop communication strategies to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives. Miller determined all of their public events and media interviews and traveled on all overseas missions, taking her to 50 countries.

On Capitol Hill, Miller was the communications director to then¬ House Majority Whip. She developed strategic communications to support the Republican majority leadership's legislative goals and served as senior spokesman.

A Baltimore native, Miller is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her journalism career started as a desk assistant at NBC News. She then moved to ABC News, where she was the researcher and then the associate producer for the Sunday show “This Week.”

Miller was awarded the prestigious Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism. She is also the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. Excellence in Journalism Award for editorial writing.

Robby
Morales

My Motivation and Work Experience:
Right out of high school I began my career working for a non-profit building homes for hurricane victims. After a year, I was hooked. Traveling from South America to as far away as Eastern Europe and China I developed a love for design and for serving a vision greater than myself, for the benefit of others, within the context of a well-organized team.

I have led creative teams based in the US, UK and PH and since 2012 I have served at Axiom Strategies in Kansas City. With 17 years experience in graphic arts and desktop publications for print, digital and branding, the majority of my recent work has been for Federal and state-level campaigns in addition to national advocacy groups. I enjoy collaborating with our writers in every race we are invited to participate in and celebrating with our clients when they win.

My Personal Life and Interests
I met my wife of 20 years while working together for the same non-profit. Together, she and I have four teenagers, 2 Cavalier spaniels (Pebbles and Dolly) and loads of memories and stories. My favorite books would include The Dip, by Seth Godin and Paul’s first and second letters to Timothy. I’m politically conservative. I don’t take selfies. I’m a huge fan of The Office. And if you’re ever in Kansas City during Christmas, you’re bound to run into my wife and I at the Kauffman to see the K.C. symphony perform Handel’s Messiah.

Michael
Claeys

Michael strives to understand the world a little more and bring a sense of clarity and focus to his design projects while enjoying exceptional coffee.

Not one to follow the herd, Michael joined Axiom to reenvision what political mail could be and help create one of the best political mail shops in the country. Never typical is certainly the mantra he takes to heart, constantly pushing boundaries and challenging clients with his designs.

In the late 80’s Michael lost a bet and had to move from Las Vegas to Kansas City. When he’s not designing shiny new websites and award winning direct mail, Michael can be found working on way too many home remodeling projects and dreaming of his next watch purchase.

Chris
D'Aniello

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a joint Business and Journalism degree, I hardly had any plans to enter politics until I sat down with then-Congressman Jack Kingston. He told me he was running for the U.S. Senate and wanted me to come work for his campaign. Somehow, Congressman Kingston talked me into scrapping my steady job offers at businesses back home in Philadelphia and moving to Atlanta to work on his campaign – unpaid, until I could earn my keep (as any good fiscal conservative would require).

A year and a half later, I sat in the Kingston election day war room across from Jeff Roe. Jeff was our General Consultant – a grizzled chief campaign strategist; I was our Grassroots Director – a political newbie without much but some work ethic and creativity. We lost our primary runoff that day by 8,503 votes (not that I’ll remember that number forever) and over the next week or so, Jeff told me about his company Axiom Strategies in Kansas City. He liked what I had done on the campaign and loved how much I hated losing. He had a role in mind for me in Kansas City.

“I want you to come to Axiom and make it a career, not just a job,” Jeff said. I’m glad I listened because I love what I do, now working as the Senior Account Manager still in Kansas City. Every day, I translate Axiom clients’ political needs into creative solutions then oversee our unmatched art team’s execution on those solutions. I ensure that big thinking strategy turns into effective direct voter contact and – best and foremost of all – I get to help campaigns win.

Dan
Middleton

When Dan started watching Inside Politics on CNN at age five, his parents hoped it was just a precocious phase he would grow out of. He didn't.

Prior to joining Axiom, Dan worked for one of the nation's leading political media firms. In between he made a token effort to find a job that would allow him to truthfully answer the question "So what do you do?" at parties without people making faces.

Dan has worked with campaigns at every level from county commissioner to U.S. Senate, and has written everything from TV commercial scripts to fundraising letters. If you need a mail piece that makes your affable pastor opponent seem like Emperor Palpatine, he's your guy. Just please don't ask him to write staff bios for your company website. Nobody even reads those.

Philip
Mitchell

Philip joined Axiom in the 2016 and leads our Digital efforts. He brings with him extensive experience in marketing, fundraising, and digital advertising from across the political, non-profit, and corporate worlds. He takes a creative approach to finding new ways to message throughout the digital landscape, and ensures that every line of code works together to tailor fit that message to wherever one might be online.

He is skilled at understanding the organizational and operational needs that each campaign demands, while maintaining a holistic view of where digital technology can be used most effectively. A graduate of Georgetown University; he now lives in Kansas City with his wife Caitlyn, daughter Simone, and son Samson.

Angie
Owens

Angie Owens is a native of St. Louis and graduated with a Marketing degree from Mizzou in 2011. Post-graduation, she moved back to her hometown where she began her professional career working as an event planner.

Looking for a change in scenery after a few years of being back home, Angie packed up her things and headed west to Kansas City with her rescue dog Casi. While she will always root for the Cardinals over the Royals, she does agree that the BBQ is better.

Angie joined Axiom Strategies in the summer of 2015 to serve as the team’s Administrative Coordinator. Her day-to-day operations include office management, business and travel scheduling, and political fundraising. Although new to the political world upon joining the firm, her previous career provided her with exceptional skills in organization, multi-tasking, and time management that are crucial for her position.

When Angie is not at the office, she enjoys cooking, traveling, spending time outdoors, and live music.

Cameron
Foster

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Cameron Foster joined Axiom Strategies in the summer of 2016. After graduating from Clemson University, Cameron embarked on a quest to discover how to live in Washington, D.C. on an intern’s salary. Passionate about politics, and failed sports teams, the move to D.C. was a natural fit. In his first job in politics, Cameron served as Press Secretary for Congressman Collins (NY-27).

During his professional career, he has worked in communications for leaders on Capitol Hill and on political campaigns, including as Deputy Director of Social Media for Ben Carson for President.

While at Axiom, Cameron has worked on multiple local, state, and federal elections, where he has focused on crafting winning messages for Axiom clients.

Cameron works out of Axiom’s Washington, D.C. office, where he serves as the self-designated local food critic. He also volunteers as assistant coach on a Congressional softball team, helping lead his team to three league championships.

Jake
Dumas

As a Maine native, Jake moved to Washington, DC after cutting his teeth on the campaign trail in New Hampshire where he worked on a variety of campaigns. Only a couple days after moving to the capital, Jake was hired by High Cotton Consulting where he helped host events and fundraise for a dozen Republican members of Congress. After several months, Jake moved over to Axiom where he assists with campaigns across the country, focusing on messaging, research, and election analysis—in addition to deciding where the office is getting lunch.

Throughout his involvement in politics, Jake has served in a range of roles on campaigns, both statewide and local. From managing a state senate campaign from the back of a scooter to serving as both the field and political director of a statewide gubernatorial race, he gained an understanding of the characteristics of successful campaigns, as well as the importance of plentiful coffee.

An avid outdoorsman and skier, Jake grew up in Maine taking advantage of everything the state’s mountains and coastline had to offer. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maine – Orono with a B.A. in Political Science, spending a year of his undergrad working in Washington. He’ll be the first to tell you that he’s an unapologetic Patriots fan (28-3!), news junkie, and rap critic.

When he is not hard at work, Jake enjoys skiing, Washington Nationals games, and finding new happy hour deals, all while being constantly on the lookout for anything and everything lobster related.

Daniel
Gribble

Daniel Gribble joined Axiom as an Associate in 2017 after experience on a presidential campaign and as a congressional intern in Washington, DC.

Texas native, Daniel grew up and went to school in Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. in Political Science. During his time at UH, Daniel gained experience as an intern in Ted Poe's (TX-02) Washington, DC office, and as an associate on the Ted Cruz for President campaign in their Houston, TX headquarters.

In July 2017, Daniel relocated from Houston to join Axiom's Austin, TX office. While not in the office, he enjoys Astros and Texans games, hunting, and spending time with friends and family.

Brendan
Jaspers

Brendan joined Axiom Strategies as an Intern in August of 2017. He is currently studying political science at William Jewell College, where he co-founded the College Republicans Organization and developed a caffeine addiction. The St. Louis product got his start in politics as a Federal Affairs Intern at CSX Corporation’s Washington, DC office during the summer of 2017. The experience gained in our Nation’s Capital would solidify his aspirations for a career in politics, and he looks forward to applying his skillset at Axiom.

Duc
Vu

Duc joined Axiom Strategies in September 2017 following nearly a decade of legal, government, and financial experience.

Most recently, he conducted financial research and due diligence for a leading global financial firm. He spent years working for the State of Louisiana’s State Employee Retirement System and the Department of Health where he was a budget administrator for the state’s $9 billion Medicaid program. Duc also clerked in courtrooms across Louisiana on appellate criminal and city civil cases.

A Louisiana native, Duc has Bachelor’s degrees from Louisiana State University in Political Science and Religious Studies, a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas, and additional business training from Harvard Business School.

Eva
Mah

After graduating with a B.S. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, Eva entered into the media buying world by working for an agency in the Omnicom Group. There, she established roots and built a foundation of knowledge in the media industry as she worked on nationally recognized clients spanning multiple categories such as General Motors, Subaru, T-Mobile, 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut and Pepsi. She then took on client team duties as she joined the Pepsi Media Team to oversee the radio buying and placement process. She understood the importance of communication and collaboration as she worked with planners, fellow buyers and the client directly to achieve or exceed expectations of media goals.

Eva then furthered her career as she became a Media Buying Supervisor with Southwest Media Group, a leading southwest media agency. She took her years of buying experience with her to be a direct buying contact to planners for multiple accounts. She became the media point person for an 8-buyer team for clients such as MoneyGram, Dave & Buster’s and Pei Wei. She also grew her buying experience by buying Hispanic audiences for TV and Radio, Canadian media and digital audio.

Today, she takes her 13+ years (and counting!) of media buying experience and uses it to her advantage in the political industry. She challenges stations to exceed their service to political campaigns beyond status quo. She’s well-respected by the stations and managers as a fair but fierce negotiator.

Eva and her husband, Calvin, have a son Charlie and two dogs, Peabody and Nacho. They live in Frisco, TX. While not media buying, you may find Eva cooking up something delicious in her kitchen as she aspires to be a chef. Or, you may find her in the middle of a dog pile as she is a serious dog lover and dog sits for friends and family often.

Tom
Jones

Cannon Research Group is led by Tom Jones.

Tom has nearly two decades of political, policy, research, and investigations experience serving in senior positions on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer and most recently as an opposition researcher for campaigns at the local, state, and presidential level.

While on Capitol Hill he served as the Legislative Director for Senator Ron Johnson and previously as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Jim DeMint. During his time with Senator DeMint, Tom was part of the oversight team that helped Senator DeMint and his colleagues successfully ban Congressional earmarks. As a subcommittee staff director, Tom conducted on-going agency oversight and regularly investigated waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. Tom was successful in helping Senators defeat flawed presidential nominees and kill wasteful government programs.

As an opposition researcher Tom leads a team that provides companies, organizations, committees and campaigns with actionable research that has allowed them to better understand their own weaknesses and successfully exploit weaknesses in their competitors and opponents. Throughout all these efforts he used his skills as a dogged researcher, writer, and team builder to ensure his clients success.

When Tom’s not digging through a stack of documents looking for that hidden gem, he’s cheering on the Baltimore Orioles from the second row of section 74 of Orioles Park at Camden Yards. When he’s not cheering for the Orioles he’s rooting for whoever is playing the Yankees or Red Sox.  In the off season he bides his time until spring training by driving his Subaru WRX at precisely the legal speed limit.

Wesley
Brown

Wesley joined Cannon Research Group after working in the office of Senator Justin Ready, a member of the Maryland General Assembly, during the 2017 legislative session.

While employed in the General Assembly, Wesley honed his political skills by working alongside Senator Ready and staff to serve the constituents of Carroll County. In this position, Wesley reviewed legislation that promotes second amendment rights, eliminates government waste, and reduces constrictive business regulations to make Maryland more business friendly.

Wesley is proud to have been born and raised in Potts Camp, Mississippi. He is a 2017 graduate of McDaniel College where he earned a degree in Political Science and International Relations. When he is not defending democracy, Wesley spends his time in the CrossFit box training for competitions.

James
Eller

James joined Cannon Research Group after gaining both Capitol Hill experience in the offices of Representative Tom McClintock and the House Republican Study Committee, as well as a knowledge of campaigning during the 2016 general election cycle.

As a Field Organizer for the North Carolina Republican Party, James built upon his education in politics by realizing the NCGOP's goals in Guilford County through recruiting, coordinating, and training volunteers, conducting voter contact and polling activities, registering voters, and managing regional Turf Coordinators to ensure that they had the plans and resources in order to accomplish their objectives. James combines this background in campaigning with his enthusiasm for public policy in his current role as Research Associate.

James graduated in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science and a love for Tar Heel sports. In his free time, James enjoys following the Carolina Panthers, busting clays on the trap range, and studying classical and modern history.

Christian
McMullen

Christian McMullen joined Cannon Research Group following a stint with Public Opinion Strategies as a Junior Research Assistant during the 2016 general election cycle.

Christian honed his interest and skills in politics while working on several campaigns in his native Western New York, and in Washington D.C. for Rep. Chris Collins and the House Republican Study Committee. Christian brings his passion for public policy and campaign politics together to assist campaigns and corporations in his current role as Research Associate.

Christian is a proud graduate of Furman University where he earned a dual degree in music and political science. In his spare time, Christian tries to hit it straight out on the links and follow whatever sport is in season.

Tyler
Sachtleben

Tyler joined Cannon Research Group in 2017 after working as a Research Analyst at the Club for Growth during the 2016 cycle. There, Tyler worked with the Club’s scouting staff in identifying candidates whose policy positions aligned with free market and limited government ideals.

While at the Club, Tyler had the opportunity to support endorsed candidates by conducting opposition research on their opponents. Some notable efforts include Representative Andy Biggs’ 27-vote win in Arizona after Club research exposed his opponent’s social media history, and the election of Representative Ted Budd in North Carolina, a previously unknown family businessman who bested a field of 17 politicians with the Club’s assistance.

Originally from Alaska, Tyler enjoys fishing and maintaining his freshwater aquariums, although not necessarily both at the same time. He is a 2013 graduate of George Mason University.

Jerome
Trankle

Jerome joined Cannon Research Group after spending several years in various roles within campaigns and politics, including time working in campaign finance, in the office of Representative Chris Collins, and on several local campaigns in Western New York.

While working in campaign finance compliance, Jerome became thoroughly versed in the intricacies of federal, state, and local campaign finance laws. Jerome was responsible for ensuring that campaigns were compliant with campaign finance regulations, assisted campaigns with audits, and worked closely with campaign staff to help campaigns build their donor databases for aggressive fundraising appeals, and brings that knowledge and background to opposition research.

As a staffer for Representative Chris Collins, Jerome helped to broaden constituent outreach by regularly meeting with constituents, coordinating district office mail, and by helping local organizations to obtain federal grants for their projects. During the 2014 cycle, Jerome served as the Western New York regional coordinator for a Republican gubernatorial campaign and guided volunteer efforts across eight counties. Jerome also spent time working on a number of local races in Erie County, helping Republicans to win competitive races in a county with a 2:1 Democratic enrollment advantage.

Jerome is, regretfully, a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, enjoys the occasional round of golf, and loves being out on the water. He is a 2014 graduate of the University at Buffalo where he majored in accounting and was a member of College Republicans.

Aaron
Baker

Aaron Baker’s top skill is knowing real people that have an interest in tough issues.

Aaron serves as Vice President at Axiom Strategies and manages Clout Public Affairs. He’s Axiom’s go-to-guy when it comes to helping corporations deal with their neighbors, customers and competitors.

If companies have a problem, Aaron can help.

Today, Aaron leads Clout’s efforts with a large portfolio of corporate clients in several states. This includes influencing both public policy and opinion through competition research for corporate clients, campaign and organization management, earned media, grasstops outreach and lobbying.Aaron has worked on campaigns and policies since 2002. He came to Axiom from the office of United States Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) and previously worked in the Missouri Senate.

Aaron’s experience in the political landscape includes serving as grassroots director and a spokesperson for statewide campaigns for governor, United States Senate and ballot initiatives. His legislative background includes work in healthcare, utilities, transportation and education reform. In 2016, Aaron was named one of the top ten “game-changers” in Missouri’s campaigns.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Aaron lives on a farm in Atlanta, Missouri with his wife and four children. The Bakers helped found a non-for-profit ministry in Aaron’s hometown and they are members of the Agriculture Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT), Farm Bureau, the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and serve as emergency foster parents.

Maria
Jeffrey

Maria Jeffrey joined Clout Public Affairs as Communications Director in 2017, and works with many of Axiom’s clients. She creates and executes strategic messaging strategies, generates and tracks media coverage, and makes sure clients’ communications objectives are met every step of the way.

Maria brings political and communications experience from the private sector, campaigns, and the Hill to her work at Clout and Axiom. Maria was the Political Director of the National Federation of Republican Women through the 2012 presidential election, where she coordinated campaign management schools and organized volunteers. During the 2014 midterm elections she served as the Communications Director for a congressional campaign, and then went on to be the Communications Director for Congressman Walter Jones. Before joining the Axiom family, Maria was a writer for Conservative Review, where she focused on covering Congress, campaigns, and under-reported stories. Maria’s communications experience, dedication, and love of writing serve clients well.

Maria is a Northern Virginia native who loves exploring wineries, hiking trails, and small towns in Virginia. She graduated from Xavier University with a B.A. in Classical Languages, and still occasionally cracks the spine of a Latin book in her spare time.

Alexandra
Kendrick

Alexandra Kendrick was raised in Richmond Hill, a small Southern town on the coast of Georgia. She became involved in politics at an early age through her mother’s political volunteer efforts.

Prior to moving to Washington DC, Alexandra worked in real estate for almost a decade. During this time, she served as Chairwoman for the Chatham County Young Republicans and as National Committee Woman for the National Young Republicans from the State of Georgia.

While volunteering on the 2004 and 2006 campaigns for Congressman Max Burns, Alexandra became involved with Congressman Jack Kingston’s campaign efforts and was offered a position in Congressman Kingston’s Congressional office in 2008. In 2010, Alexandra took over Kingston’s fundraising efforts.

In January of 2014 Kingston decided to run for the open Senate seat of retiring Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss. Axiom Strategies served as the General Consulting firm and Alexandra was named Finance Director for the campaign. Under her leadership, the Kingston for Senate finance team led the field every quarter, raising a total of $7,500,000 for Kingston and $10,020,000 total for the 2014 cycle.

After Kingston lost a competitive Primary Runoff in July of 2014, Alexandra formed, High Cotton Consulting, a firm which specializes in fundraising for republican candidates. It quickly grew to be in the top 10 of firms based in Washington, DC, raising $9,147,317 for the 2016 cycle. In January of 2017 it became aligned with Axiom Strategies.

While a southern girl at heart, Alexandra loves Washington, DC and is lucky to call both it and Georgia home. Her other loves include her dog Coconut and discount fashion shopping.

Isabella
Armstrong

Isabella Armstrong is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. She attended the University of Mississippi, majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Public Policy Leadership and Education. Throughout college, internships for the House of Representatives and the Congressional Leadership Fund were Isabella’s deciding factor in her choice to begin a career in Washington, DC.

Currently, Isabella serves as a finance assistant at High Cotton Consulting coordinating events, tracking event budgets and contracts for clients and working in close consultation with Members of Congress and their staff. When she is not in the office, Isabella enjoys all things Ole Miss related, her grandparents and trying out new restaurants in DC.

Hayden
Bumgardner

Hayden Bumgardner serves as a Fundraising Associate for High Cotton Consulting. Hayden was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Villanova University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. While at Villanova she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving team and helped her team obtain three Big East Championships.

Hayden was first introduced to Capitol Hill during two summer internships with Congressman Pittenger and quickly fell in love with the fast-paced and vibrant area. After graduating in 2016, she immediately began working as a Staff Assistant for Congressman Pittenger, and later moved into the Executive Assistant role.

Outside of work, Hayden enjoys traveling, exercising and spending time with friends.

Abigail
Burke

Abigail was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She has always been involved in debate teams and history clubs that led to her interest in politics.

Abigail remained in Ohio for college and studied Political Science and East Asian Culture and Language with a focus in Mandarin at Miami University of Ohio. Throughout her college years she interned for Congress in DC and volunteered for local campaigns in Ohio.

After graduating in May 2016, she decided before starting a career she wanted to do a service gap year teaching and mentoring students on the south side of Chicago before returning to DC to become a fundraiser with High Cotton Consulting. Outside of work she enjoys finding the best Chinese food around D.C.

Todd
Thurman

Todd Thurman joined Axiom in 2017 as the Digital Email Manager for Reignite.

Prior to joining the team, Todd Thurman was an Email and Digital Media Manager for The Heritage Foundation’s Digital Strategy department where he produced Heritage's flagship email newsletters, and was a contributor editor to The Daily Signal.

He has also traveled the country speaking on behalf of The Heritage Foundation and other organizations in the D.C. area. His work has also been featured on Breitbart.com.

As a native of Southern California, Todd can be found rooting for the L.A. Kings, or listening to one of his many, many vinyl records.

Titus
Bond

A town known for the political machine of Democrat Tom Pendergast, not many Republican political operatives are raised in Kansas City’s urban core. But at the age of 18, Titus Bond began an internship in the campaign office of Congressman Sam Graves, this was an internship that would change his life forever. Sam Graves’ Chief of Staff, Jeff Roe, was gracious and took the young man under his wing and guided him on a path towards excellence in Republican politics.

Deathly afraid of returning to a life of installing yard signs, Titus began to look at ways to make polling more affordable and more accurate for Axiom clients. Through trial and tribulation Axiom founded a polling company in 2014 that has become one of the most accurate in the country. Titus was appointed Director of the new company, Remington Research Group. In addition to his duties with Remington Research Group, Titus also oversees all phone voter contact for Axiom.

Titus continues to live in Kansas City with his lovely wife Stephanie, their future Hall of Famer son, Jackie and future nun daughter Stella.

Lexie
Davis

Lexie joined Axiom in January 2016. A Remington Research Group associate, Lexie's responsibilities range from political and demographic research to working with campaigns at all levels of government. She plays a large role in the distribution of surveys and interpreting data.​

Lexie's interest in politics began at a young age when she started working on a Missouri gubernatorial campaign. Since then, she has worked on a number of Congressional campaigns throughout the Midwest and as well as on Capitol Hill.

When not crunching poll numbers, Lexie can be found at Allen Field House cheering on the Jayhawks. Rock Chalk!

Sean
Brown

Jeff Roe says 'Jump,' and Sean Brown says 'How high and what state?'

Since his first race that he worked for Jeff on, a congressional primary for Iowa's 3rd District in 2014, Sean has been involved in several successful campaigns with Axiom in over 19 states.

During the 2016 Cruz for President campaign, Sean served as Deputy State Director in the Iowa Caucus and went on to work in 13 more states in the highly competitive Republican presidential primary before joining the Axiom team full-time.

In addition to nearly 10 years of experience managing campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels, Sean has both policy and communications experience on Capitol Hill having served as Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Robert Hurt (VA-05) and Communications Director for Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06).

Lane
Koch

Lane began her professional political career in 2008 working for Senator Bond and later returned to the Senate to serve as Senator Blunt’s Small Business Liaison. Lane's first campaign job was on the McCain Campaign as the Field Director for the St. Louis region. Realizing her love for grassroots work, Lane went on to be the Deputy Political Director for then-Congressman Blunt’s senatorial race, Political Director at Pelopidas, LLC where she focused on initiative petition campaigns, and then to be the Executive Director of the RNC’s Victory program in Missouri for the Romney Ryan ticket.

Lane graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Political Science. She resides in Chesterfield, Missouri with her husband Dan, their daughter Langley and son Beckett.

Cheyenne
Foster

Cheyenne joined Axiom in Fall 2017 at the tail end of several hard-fought victories with the Republican National Committee. Serving most recently as the RNC’s Director of Women’s Engagement and a state party operative in the GA-06 special election, Cheyenne brings us promising Capitol Hill and grassroots experience.

After graduating from Wesleyan College with a B.S. in International Relations and French, Cheyenne worked in Washington for then House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price before scheduling on Senator Paul’s presidential campaign.

Cheyenne is originally from Southern California and a very recent resident of Kansas City. She is the ultimate hobbyist but spends most of her weekends traveling to watch her favorite sports teams.

Justin
Matheson

With over 20 years experience and nearly 100 campaigns under his belt, as well as fundraising, trade associations, and government service, Justin Matheson most recently managed the Seattle office of Revolvis, Inc. and oversaw their Pacific Northwest operations.

Justin has been a mainstay in Northwest politics since 2011, successfully navigating independent expenditures leading to the only Republican majority on the West Coast. In addition, he heads up Washington’s Senate Republican Campaign Committee as Executive Director, overseeing all Senate targets for the Senate Majority. He has also worked on numerous Northwest public affairs campaigns for technology, energy and agricultural organizations and companies. Previously, Justin managed the WA Governor’s race in 2016 as well as numerous legislative targets and initiatives in Oregon.

Prior to moving to the Northwest, Justin served as Chief of Staff to three California legislators, Executive Director of the California Hospital Association PAC, and managed dozens of statewide and legislative races, including the Kansas Governor campaign.

Justin also spends his time serving his community and family. He was Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross – Gold Country Region, a board member of Cal-Innovates, and co-owns Matheson Cattle Ranch with his brother and father in Shasta County California.

Justin lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife Michelle Matheson and two active sons, Brady and Tyler. They love exploring the great Pacific Northwest and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks.

Becky
Willard

Becky Willard began her political career with Pelopidas, LLC, eventually becoming head of the firm’s fundraising and events division before departing in 2015. She served as a Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Roy Blunt’s 2016 reelection campaign, and remains his in-state Finance Director today. Most recently, Becky was the Finance Director for the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee. She has been credentialed as a Certified Fundraising Executive, holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri, and resides in Columbia with her husband, Aaron, and their daughter Eliza.

Megan
Hickman

Megan's passion for detail, order, and investigation helped her to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Central Missouri in 2006. Though an unexpected choice to some, it is this same set of qualities that lead her to begin her career in banking in 2007, transitioning to the accounting field in 2011. Since that time, Megan has worked in the private sector at local start-ups such as The Roasterie and Spring Venture Group, as well the public sector at local municipality the City of North Kansas City. She and her husband Casey are proud to call Kansas City home.

Taylor
Fernie

Taylor began her journey into the world of advertising after graduating overseas from the University of Maryland in Germany while her husband was deployed in the US ARMY in Iraq and Afghanistan. After his service, they moved back to the US and with a Business degree under her belt she began her jet setting path in the world of advertising and media!

After an introductory stint at The Media Edge in Dallas, Taylor quickly landed at The Richards Group, the largest independently owned advertising agency in the country. Surrounded by some of the most creative minds in the business and a fiercely competitive branding shop she learned what it took to endear brands to people and began her rise moving up the ladder to a senior media negotiating position. Over the course of 4 years Taylor’s negotiation and relationship building skills on behalf of her clients allowed her to excel in being a pro in negotiating and implementing multimillion-dollar accounts including MetroPCS.

From there Taylor went onto Zimmerman Advertising, a shop deeply rooted in the competitive auto and retail categories in the year of 2011.There she had the opportunity to further grow and develop her career to the next stage by challenging herself to take on in depth planning assignments incorporating all avenues of media. Challenging herself to dive into new, emerging media channels she excelled in furthering the success of advertisers such as AutoNation.

As a Senior Media buyer at Axiom, Taylor looks forward to her next travel adventure into the exciting, fast paced political landscape where she will put her past experiences over the course of 10 years to work for our clients!

Taylor lives in the Dallas area with her husband Rhyan, daughter Fiona, son Britton and their 3 dogs.

Trevor
Naglieri

Trevor Naglieri joined Axiom Strategies as an associate in the summer of 2016, coming from Houston, TX, where he helped build the ground game in the political and data departments on Ted Cruz's campaign for President.

A New England native, Trevor was bit by the political bug after serving as intern in college on a losing Congressional race near his hometown (par the course for a Republican in the suburbs of Boston). Not to be deterred by a loss and hungry to take on other challenging competitive races, he went on to worl full-time on races for Congress, U.S. Senate, and President from New Hampshire to Louisiana to Texas.

At Axiom, Trevor helps build campaigns from the planning phases to election day, and spearheads research and data analysis for Axiom clients.

After living in over a half-dozen states over the past couple years, Trevor currently resides in the West Coast where is a Senior Associate based out of the Sacramento office.

Karaina
Callahan

Karaina Callahan, more commonly known as Raina, joined Axiom as a Media Specialist in November 2017.

Raina graduated with honors from High Point University in North Carolina with a B.A. in English Writing and English Literature, fully intending to live the atypical life of an English professor. While she did not set out for a career in the political industry, Raina caught the bug working as the Deputy Director of Scheduling for Dr. Carson’s presidential campaign. She then transitioned her work to political media at Smart Media Group as a Research Analyst, collecting and presenting competitive spending data for over 50 races in the 2016 election.

The holistic combination of her experiences on campaigns, in political media, and educational background have made her a creative thinker and a sharp situational problem solver, always ready to get to work.

While still a Chicagoland native at heart, Raina currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her dog, Chewbacca, hunting down the best DC metro coffee shops in her spare time.

Russell
Moss

Russell Moss is a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned degrees History and International Studies in 2013. He then earned his Master’s in International Affairs in 2016 from the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he has had the privilege of completing internships for Lindsey Graham’s presidential campaign, The Heritage Foundation, and the Office of Senator Ben Sasse. Recently, he was employed by the Nuclear Security Working Group at George Washington University. Originally from Lexington, South Carolina, Russell is an avid supporter of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Rob
Phillips

Prior to forming HenryAlan, Rob worked in both the public and private sectors. As an attorney for a judge in in Franklin County, Ohio, Rob handled some of the most difficult cases on the docket and in the private sector Rob was an Associate with a firm in finance and accounting working on complex mergers and acquisitions. Rob then entered the political world working on many facets of campaigns at local and federal levels. This combination is uniquely tailored to address the complexity of campaign finance.

As President of HenryAlan, Rob manages federal and state campaign compliance at all levels across the country. This includes, filings with government agencies, responding to complaints and RFAIs, accounting, contract review, human resources, general campaign finance consulting and everything else on the business side of politics.

Rob holds a J.D. and a B.B.A in Finance. He lives in Ohio with his wife Hannah, daughter Cora and son Harrison.

Mick
Paskiewicz

A skilled and experienced researcher, Mick has conducted opposition research for numerous campaigns across the country at the state and federal level.

Mick first began working in politics during the 2010 cycle. In 2010, Mick served field director on Congressman Robert Dold's successful congressional campaign in a Democrat favored district. In 2012, Mick was political director for Congressman Joe Walsh. Prior to joining Cannon Research Group, he was a principal with Intellz Opposition Research + Strategy. As part of Intellz, Mick oversaw opposition research projects in some of the most fiercely contested races in the country. This work contributed to winning campaigns for Congress, Senate, and Governor.

Mick resides in Chicago and is an avid mountain climber, having climbed some of the tallest mountains in the U.S.

Katie
Knoche

A Missouri native, Katie has lived in the Kansas City area her entire life. Politics were an integral part of her life because she was raised in a politically active family. She remembers working in summer parades, fundraisers, and other volunteer events. Growing up in this environment has given her a unique perspective on grassroots efforts and the time and energy it takes to be competitive in the world of politics.

Katie holds her Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology from Park University. During her undergraduate program she discovered her passion for conducting research, studying patterns, and analyzing trends. She served as President of Park University's Chapter of Psi Chi International Honour Society and was awarded a research grant with her colleagues to conduct a study specifically on creativity.

After graduating, she worked in behavioral health for 2 years and decided to make a career change to politics and polling. Some have asked her how she could drastically switch careers from psychology to politics, but she maintains the belief that the two fields are very closely related.

Katie's professional interests include research, finance, presenting in academic conferences, and reading at least one new non-fiction book every month. In her free time, she enjoys music, sports, trying new food, and spoiling her dog Kody.

Beau
Rawlings

Beau is a sucker for clean, creative, and professional looking graphics. As an artist, he strives for excellence and a fresh, cutting-edge approach to art and design. Majoring in Graphic design, and standing out as a freelance creative designer since 2010, BeauRaw has made a name for himself as a passionate and uncompromising artist.

Beau specializes in Logo creation, branding, and print and digital design, as well as a slew of other creative avenues he won’t bore you with. Beau joined Axiom Strategies back in 2016 for seasonal position. Then again in 2018, longing to get back into the action and excitement of the political arena.

Beau enjoys in the thrill of the hunt, casual disc golfing, ultimate Frisbee, gaming, and fine wines. Beau is a movie guru, able to quote most movies and songs. Enjoys traveling, seeing the world, learning, and of course creating art.

Brandi
Wilkins

In May of 2017 Brandi earned her BFA in Graphic Design with a minor in Communication from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg, MO and she quickly jumped into the world of freelance design. She immediately went to work with local businesses, events, and individuals in Warrensburg to meet their design needs. She has created business cards for an ambitious duo who wanted to start up their own Drafting & Design LLC, created event programs and flyers for UCM’s Marching Band events, done several t-shirt designs for high schools around the area, and countless wedding invitations.

Brandi joined Axiom in January 2018 as an ambitious designer excited to bring new and creative ideas to the world of political mail. She lives with her husband and cat in Independence, MO and when she’s not designing she can be caught drinking endless amounts of coffee and watching 80’s movies.

Brian
Marchese

After graduating from the University of Iowa, I was certain it was law school and then DC. However, as life often takes us on different paths, I found myself on my very first campaign shortly after graduation.

While friends were enjoying post-grad life, I was crisscrossing the back roads of Illinois, attending parades, meetings and rubber chicken dinners as the body-man for a state senator running for governor. I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. You learn a lot about yourself and others while doing this kind of work and I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Most recently I was in North Carolina, a key battleground state for the White House and the US Senate majority in 2016. Between my early days in Illinois and North Carolina, I’ve had the pleasure to call Iowa, Indiana and South Carolina home, even if it was only for a month or two.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are life, BBQ is king and Chicago does two things right: pizza and sports.

Hannah
Beers

Prior to joining Clout Public Affairs, Hannah served as Chief of Staff in the official office for Missouri Senate District 17 and on two statewide races in 2016 including now Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's campaign.

Hannah's background not only includes legislative and communications experience, but she is also deeply involved in digital advertising campaigns as well as graphic design and photography.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising & Public Relations from Evangel University. While studying at Evangel, Hannah served as Evangel Student Body President and Chairman of the Missouri Federation of College Republicans.

Hannah will replace Kristian Starner as one of Clout's champions in the Missouri state capitol.

Michael
Kaplan

Michael Kaplan first began working in politics in 2002, assisting numerous candidates for local office. After earning his degree from Fordham University in 2007, he worked for the National Republican Congressional Committee from 2008 until 2015. During those four election cycles, he worked his way up from press assistant to field research director, overseeing the development of each opposition research product during the 2014 cycle. In the 2016 cycle, he first worked at Freedom Partners before joining an independent opposition research firm. He is originally from New York.

Melyssa
Perez

Although born in Spokane, Washington, Melyssa grew up just south of Houston where she attended Friendswood High School. She first acknowledged a passion for policy and law when she began to debate morality and ethics (or lack thereof) in politics on both a domestic and international scale.

Melyssa graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Government and minors in International Relations and History.

William
Neville

William Neville originally joined Axiom Strategies as a summer associate in 2012, while completing his master’s in political science at UMKC, working on several different campaigns and projects. After completing his master’s Will spent the next four years teaching at a couple different colleges in the Kansas City area.

Originally born in Connecticut Will lived most of his life in England. He has always been interested in history and then moved on to politics at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Will is excited to be coming back to work for Axiom as a copywriter and practicing what he has been teaching.

Sarah
Blue

Sarah joins AxMedia with over 15 years of media buying experience. Her career began in college while interning for Texas Monthly Magazine in Austin, TX and Caviness Advertising in Lubbock, TX. Both experiences opened the door for her first post-graduate position at the largest independently owned advertising agency in the country, The Richards Group, in Dallas, TX. During her tenure, she built a solid media buying foundation; learning from pillars of the negotiating community. There she was promoted in a relatively short amount of time from Broadcast Buying Coordinator to Jr. Broadcast Negotiator and finally Sr. Broadcast Negotiator. While at Richards she worked on multimillion-dollar national retail accounts such as Chick-fil-A, regional grocer H.E.B. and Reliant Energy. On top of her negotiating responsibilities, Sarah was integral in launching the careers of many future members of the advertising community in her role supervising the Broadcast Buying Coordinators and Junior Broadcast Negotiators.

After close to a decade, Sarah moved to a Senior Negotiating position at Zimmerman Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Zimmerman is hyper-focused on overnight results for the client’s bottom line. This focus allowed Sarah to develop the agility required to steward multimillion-dollars worth of broadcast media annually for the country’s largest automotive retailer, AutoNation, in addition to retail accounts such as Papa John’s and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. She is known in the industry for passionately ensuring accountability for every placement made, being timely with communication and decisive. She runs a tight ship and is uncompromising in her professional standards.

Born and raised in Texas, Sarah holds a B.A. in Advertising with a Minor in Marketing from Texas Tech University. She now resides in Rhome, TX with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters, Mackenzie and Samantha. During her down time, you can find Sarah outside bringing gardening and outdoor living projects to life.


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