Summit Consulting Group Managing Partner Chad Willems manages day-to-day operations. Chad has been a political and public relations consultant and professional fundraiser for over twenty years, working extensively in the area of campaign finance, campaign management, non-profit development, strategy, and marketing. In 2005, Chad took the helm at 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 outcomes for client projects.
Before moving to Arizona in 1998 to work on congressional campaigns, Chad was very active in California politics as a grassroots organizer and political fundraiser for state and local elective offices. 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 three young children.
Brian has over 18 years of political and legislative experience. Before joining Summit he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for two different Arizona Congressmen, first as District Director then as Chief of Staff. He also worked in the U.S. Senate as a staff member on the Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space. Brian also served as the Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party, on the staff of Steve Forbes for President, the California Republican Party, and on several other statewide and congressional campaigns.
Brian helps provide strategic and tactical planning to both political and corporate clients. He serves as a general consultant for many political campaigns, engages in direct and indirect lobbying, coalition management, and as a media strategist and spokesman.
Brian resides in Phoenix and has a beautiful young daughter.
John comes to Summit after serving as a consultant to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2012. At Summit, John oversees multiple client programs, and specializes in working with grassroots leaders for both political and public policy campaigns. John is an indispensable part of our team, providing critical back-end support for client needs, managing the day-to-day operations for clients, our office and special projects.
John, a New England native is an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, and graduate of Arizona State University.