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April 17, 2018

Veteran GOP Communicator Taylor Joins Forbes Tate Partners

Ryan Taylor
Forbes Tate Partners
(FTP) today announced that Ryan Taylor, who most recently served as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), has joined its strategic communications and public affairs practice as Vice President. Ryan joins FTP as the firm’s public affairs practice continues to expand rapidly, bringing over a decade of public sector and campaign experience with him.

In his new role as Vice President, Ryan will help lead the firm’s public affairs consulting teams and design winning strategies for advocacy campaigns in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Ryan brings more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill as a senior advisor and communications strategist for four U.S. Senators and a Member of Congress. Ryan also worked as a policy advisor on federal regulatory issues for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Republican Policy Committee, handling regulatory matters related to Dodd-Frank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation.

In addition to his time on Capitol Hill, Ryan has had significant success leading Republican campaign efforts. In 2012, he served as Senator Barrasso’s campaign manager, helping him garner an unprecedented 75.9 percent of the total statewide vote. In 2010, as Executive Director of the Wyoming Republican Party, he led the Party to the single largest election victory in 90 years.

Having worked for members of Congress from the Rocky Mountain West to the South – including Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY), and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) – Ryan has a strong background on a wide range of issues, including national defense, telecommunications, infrastructure, energy, public lands, and healthcare. (PF tipster)

April 12, 2018

JOB OF THE WEEK: Atlantic Media, Communications Manager

Atlantic MediaGovernment Executive Media Group (GEMG) is the public sector division of Atlantic Media and the leading media resource serving the government and defense market.

We are seeking an experienced communications professional to join the Atlantic Media communications team in Washington, D.C. Working across all GEMG teams and departments, including sales and marketing, editorial, events, and research, the communications manager will develop strategies to support business initiatives, proactively promote editorial content, and protect the reputation of a nearly 50-year-old business-to-government media company. The ideal candidate will diligently maintain important internal and external relationships, devote strong attention to detail, and thrive in a collaborative, cross-functional environment.

The Communications Manager responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of a strategic communications plan to support GEMG's business objectives;
  • Generating impactful content to reach clients, media, readers, and internal stakeholders alike;
  • Forming leverageable relationships with key stakeholders in the business-to-government industry;
  • Coordinating promotion for pivotal company initiatives such as events and new product launches;
  • Drafting materials on behalf of GEMG leadership to reinforce thought leadership within the industry;
  • Proactively promote all GEMG journalism across all relevant media.

Attributes of the ideal candidate include:

  • A can-do attitude and a willingness to learn, support, and collaborate with a fast-moving team
  • Courage and a high level of motivation that welcomes challenges and is not deterred by setbacks
  • Strong listening and presentation skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • An ability to plan comprehensively, work both independently and collaboratively, and manage and prioritize projects to satisfy competing deadlines

The job is based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Senior Vice President of Global Communications at Atlantic Media and GEMG’s Chief Executive Officer.

Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  • Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)

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