Success

The members of FirstStrategic have a long history of service to numerous organizations, councils and campaigns. They have committed their time and energy to many noteworthy groups. The following is a list of achievements:

  • Secured in 2008 a total of $4,468,000 in federal funding for various clients.
  • Extended funding an additional five years for TGen in 2007, making it possible to continue its groundbreaking research and remain a leader in the biomedical field.
  • Interceded on behalf of the Salt River Project (SRP) and negotiated with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to establish sensible mercury levels at power plants in comparison to ADEQ’s proposed stricter measures. FirstStrategic’s efforts in 2007 saved Arizona consumers and businesses millions of dollars.
  • Advocated on behalf of Arizona realtors for the successful passage of HR2323 in the 2007 session by fixing a law that does not require the purchase of a third party disclosure report.
  • FirstStrategic represented four clients in the 2006 session and had four bills successfully passed through the legislature and signed by the Governor.
  • SB 1355 appropriates $7.1 million to TGen, a nonprofit medical research center, to be used specifically for autism research.
  • SB 1390 allows the department of revenue to consider the depreciation of property due to changes in technology when valuing telecommunications.
  • HB 2212 prohibits a city or town from petitioning for annexation of a territory for at least forty-five days after completing a previous unsuccessful annexation attempt.
  • HB 2702 extends the length of a time the Rio Nuevo tax district in downtown Tucson can receive state funds.
1986-2009
Campaigns and Political Leadership
  • Presidential Campaign, Regional Campaign Manager, McCain, 2008
  • Presidential Campaign, Deputy Director Southwest Region, McCain, 2008
  • Presidential Campaign, Arizona Campaign Directors, McCain, 2008
  • Yes on 100, Protect Our Homes, Campaign Manager, 2008
  • Yes on 100, Protect Our Homes. Campaign Consultant, 2008
  • Yes on 203, First Things First, 2006, Campaign Manager, 2006
  • Janet Napolitano for Governor, Senior Advisor and Strategist, 2006
  • Janet Napolitano for Governor, Senior Advisor and Strategist, 2002
  • Yes on Proposition 102, Senior Advisor, 2002
  • No on Proposition 108, Campaign Consultant, 2000
  • No on Proposition 200, Arizonans for Real Immigration Reform, 2004
  • John McCain for US Senate, Campaign Manager, 2004
  • Betsey Bayless for Governor, Senior Advisor, 2002
  • Yes on Proposition 202, 17 Tribe Indian Self Reliance Initiative, Internet Consultant, 2002
  • No on Proposition 202, Citizens Growth Management Initiative, Internet Consultant, 2000
  • McCain 2000, Presidential Campaign, Deputy Campaign Manager, 1999
  • Janet Napolitano for Attorney General, Senior Strategist, 1998
  • Betsey Bayless for Secretary of State, Senior Consultant, 1998
  • Yes on Proposition 303, Growing Smarter Initiative, Senior Consultant, 1998
  • Arizona Republican Party, Victory 98 Campaign, Senior Consultant, 1998
  • Presidential Campaign, Deputy State Director, Clinton for President, 1996
  • Yes on Proposition 203, Stop Juvenile Crime Initiative, Senior Consultant, 1996
  • Arizona Republican Party, Victory 96 Campaign, Senior Consultant, 1996
  • Symington for Governor, Advisor, 1994
  • Yes on 300, Martin Luther King Jr., Campaign Co-Chair, 1992
  • John McCain for U.S. Senate, Campaign Manager, 1992
  • Grant Woods for Attorney General, Campaign Manager, 1990
  • Arizona Republican Party, Victory 90 Campaign, Advisor, 1990
  • Arizona Republican Party, Victory 88 Campaign, Advisor, 1988
  • DeConcini for US Senate, Southern Arizona Manager, 1988
  • John McCain for U.S. Senate, Field Director, 1986
Appointments and community involvement
  • Vice-Chair, City of Phoenix Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Presidential Elector, 2008
  • Former Member, Arizona Board of Regents
  • Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Institute
  • Founding member, Goldwater Institute
  • Co-Chair, Flagstaff Mayor’s Advisory Council, Citizen’s for Transportation Solutions
  • Member and Chair, Governance Committee for the Governor’s Vision 21 Task Force
  • Governor’s Bio-initiative task force in 2002, primarily responsible for fundraising, helped to raise $100 million and led to the formation of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
  • Past Chairman of the Board, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Children’s Action Alliance
  • Past president, Board of Trustees, Desert Botanical Garden
  • Member, Board of Directors, BNC Corporation, a bank holding company
  • Past president, COMPAS Board of Directors
  • Commissioner, Commerce and Economic Development Commission – State of Arizona
  • Past president, Arizona State Board for Charter Schools
  • Past president, Arizona Clean Elections Institute Board
  • Vice-Chair, Phoenix Airport Planning Committee
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Maricopa County Parks
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Central Arizona Shelter Services
  • Member, Board of Directors, Great Hearts Academies
  • Member, Phoenix Block Watch Committee
  • Helped found Kids Voting in 1988 and expand its activities into 40 states
  • Helped raise more than $15 million for the Desert Botanical Garden’s 1999-00 capital campaign
  • Recipient of the Arizona Community Foundation Bert Getz Civic Leadership Award
  • Valley Leadership Graduate