CHAD WILLEMSSummit Consulting Group president Chad Willems manages day to day operations. Mr. Willems has been a political and public relations consultant and professional fundraiser for nearly twenty years, working extensively in the area of campaign finance, campaign management, non-profit development, strategy and marketing. In 2005, Chad became President of Summit and has managed hundreds of public opinion surveys, polling projects, and corporate affairs campaigns both locally and nationally. Moreover, he has used his management experience in ensuring efficiency in operations and accuracy in outcome for client projects.
In addition to managing and recruiting clients at the Summit Consulting Group, Chad continues to raise campaign funds for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, as well as several other political candidates in Arizona.
Before coming to Arizona in 1998 to serve as the Finance Director for Congressman J.D. Hayworth, Chad was very active in California politics as Deputy Finance Director for now-Congressman Darrel Issa who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1998. He also served as the Executive Director for the Adam Smith Institute, a conservative/libertarian think tank and political action committee in San Diego, before starting his own business as a political consultant and professional fundraiser.
Chad resides in North Scottsdale with his wife Kim and their new baby daughter.
BRIAN MURRAYBrian helps provide strategic and tactical planning to both political and corporate clients. He also oversees all print and electronic media messaging. In this capacity Brian has produced over 70 television commercials and nearly fifteen million pieces of direct mail. Brian serves as a general consultant for many political campaigns, engages in direct lobbying, and manages several non-profit advocacy groups.
Brian has over fifteen years of political and legislative experience. Most recently he served as Chief of Staff to an Arizona Congressman. As Chief of Staff, Brian worked extensively on the federal appropriations process helping to secure tens of millions of dollars for important projects within the district. He also worked closely on resource issues and on many aspects of Native American legislation. Previously, Brian served as District Director for another Arizona Congressman. In this capacity Brian worked on federal appropriations projects mainly on behalf of municipalities, and was heavily involved in health related issues.
Brian has represented numerous issues in national and local media, and has extensive political experience as well. Not only did he run the re-election campaigns successfully for both Congressmen, Brian also served as Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party, on the staff of Steve Forbes for President in Iowa and New Hampshire, for the California Republican Party and on several other statewide campaigns.
Brian resides in Phoenix and has a beautiful young daughter.
STEVE VOELLERSteve leaves the office of Senator Jeff Flake, where he served as Sen. Flake’s first Senate Chief of Staff. In this capacity, Steve transitioned the Flake office from the House of Representatives to the Senate and assembled and managed a talented Senate staff, which included establishing offices in Phoenix in Tucson. Steve was Sen. Flake’s chief political advisor during Flake’s successful run for U.S. Senate in 2012, and has served as his principal political advisor since 2000. In addition to being Flake’s first Senate Chief of Staff, Steve was also Flake’s first Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served in that capacity from 2001 to 2005.
Between stints with Flake, Steve founded the Arizona Free Enterprise Club in 2005 and served as President of the organization through 2012. Under his leadership, the Club became one of Arizona top free market advocacy groups. The Club championed and spearheaded the passage of an across-the-board personal income tax cut for all Arizona taxpayers, and was successful in the U.S. Supreme Court in overturning an unconstitutional campaign finance law.
Voeller started in politics working on Sen. Jon Kyl’s 1994 Senate campaign and worked for Congressman Matt Salmon from 1995 through 2000.
Voeller is a graduate of Arizona State University and he and his family live in Cave Creek.
JOHN DeCARLO, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGERJohn comes to Summit after serving as a consultant to the National Republican Congressional Committee. During the campaign John oversaw grassroots get out the vote operations and conducted similar operations for another member of the Arizona Congressional Delegation. At Summit, John oversees multiple client programs, and specializes in working with grassroots leaders for both political and public policy campaigns. John, a New England native is an avid Red Sox fan, and graduate of Arizona State University.