Who We Are

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CHAD WILLEMS

Summit 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.

 

BRIAN MURRAY

Brian 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 with his wife Lauren and their young daughter.

 

JOHN DeCARLO, SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

John 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.

 

LEAH MILLER, DIRECTOR OF POLLING AND MARKET RESEARCH

Leah serves The Summit as Director of Polling and Market Research. Leah has ten years of experience as manager of state-of-the-art computerized phone data collection system. She manages up to one hundred data collection specialists and supervisors ensuring the highest level of training and customer service for our clients.

 

DAVID MANLEY, DIRECTOR OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Dave has over 25 years of experience in political polling, data collection, and campaign management. Dave has supervisor extensive survey programs for the business community including Winona Research, Compaq Computers and Insight Computer Company. Dave has a demonstrated ability in instrument design, writing, sample derivation and data collection implementation. Dave is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is active within the Arizona Special Olympics.

 

STEVE FROST, CALL CENTER SUPERVISOR

Steve has over twenty years of experience managing a team of customer service agents.  Steve works to ensure that each member of his team provides high level quality and hits customer’s goals.  Steve also makes sure projects.

 

MARY WARNER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASST.

In addition to managing our office and managing client projects, billing and correspondence, Mary brings with her twelve years Administrative Experience and Accounting. She has worked for Eastern National in conjunction with the National Park Service, holds an Associates Degree as a Paralegal and several Certificates in computer operations. Mary also has five years experience in inventory control.