June 30, 2009

2008 GOP Convention Communications Director Burns Launches Compelem

Compelem Former 2008 Republican National Convention Director of Communications Matt Burns announced the formation of Compelem Strategies, LLC, a full-service communications firm helping non-profit, corporate and political clients develop and execute aggressive, campaign-style public relations strategies and tactics.  Compelem is headquartered in Saint Paul, with strategic partners in New York and Washington, D.C.

Compelem and its strategic partners offer clients: organizational and campaign communications strategy; media relations and crisis communications counsel and training; ghostwriting; Web 2.0 expertise, including social media and online advertising strategy development; public opinion research, including polling; grassroots and grasstops organizing; and other critical communication services. 

Current and past clients of Compelem Strategies include: a successful candidate for national elected office; an organization requiring detailed research services; and a nonprofit conducting post-campaign analyses of implemented strategies.  Burns’ communications work in Washington, D.C., New York and Minneapolis-Saint Paul, gives Compelem fresh relationships with media outlets across the country. 

Prior to founding Compelem, Burns was the 2008 GOP convention’s chief spokesman, developed the convention’s strategic communications plan, and built and led a team of 200 veteran communicators, including professionals from some of the country’s top public relations firms.  From 2005 to 2007, Burns served as Press Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, D.C., where he was national spokesman for the 235,000-employee agency and the cabinet secretary.  Earlier in his career, Burns was a spokesperson in New York Gov. George Pataki’s administration.  Burns resides in St. Paul, Minn.  (PF tipster)

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