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Navigators Compass is the strategic communications arm of Navigators Global. The team behind Navigators Compass is revered for developing innovative messaging and communications plans that bolster corporate and industry reputations and win tough policy fights.

Our team has designed and implemented a multitude of notable public relations and political campaigns by focusing on identifiable target audiences, internal and external influences, and key message analysis and development. Our ability to drive long-term integrated messaging campaigns that arm clients with a powerful platform for effective communications gives Navigators Compass the expert status that our clients have come to value.

Navigators Compass is the strategic communications arm ofNavigators Global. The team behind Navigators Compass is revered for developing innovative messaging and communications plans that bolster corporate and industry reputations and win tough policy fights.

Our team has designed and implemented a multitude of notable public relations and political campaigns by focusing on identifiable target audiences, internal and external influences, and key message analysis and development. Our ability to drive long-term integrated messaging campaigns that arm clients with a powerful platform for effective communications gives Navigators Compass the expert status that our clients have come to value.

Navigators Compass is led by Phil Anderson and Rob Stutzman.

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Aetna, Inc.
AgustaWestland North America Inc.
All Pain, No Gain
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliant Techsystems (ATK)
American Bankers Association
American Council of Life Insurers
American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Insurance Association
American Petroleum Institute (API)
Associated Builders & Contractors
Association for Advanced Life Underwriting
The Assurant Group
BuildStrong Coalition
Caruso Affiliated Inc.
Coalition for a Democratic Workplace
Coalition of California Growers
Coalition to Protect Competitive Markets
Continental Airlines
Compete America
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers
Culligan
Education Reform Experience
Electronic Payments Coalition
Financial Services Coordinating Council
Foundation for the National Archives
General Motors
Group Life Coalition
Higher Achievement
Home Depot
Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission
National Public Radio
Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition
New York Jets
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Property Casualty Insurers
Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition
Securities Industry Association
State Ballot Initiative
Tanzania
TracFone Wireless, Inc.
Travel Industry Association
Travelers
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Yuba Highlands Development
 

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PHIL ANDERSON

PRESIDENT & SENIOR STRATEGIST

Mr. Anderson leads Navigators Compass. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Anderson held a series of policy and political positions on Capitol Hill, with the National Republican Party, and with the George H.W. Bush Administration, including serving as Special Assistant to Vice President Dan Quayle and Deputy Assistant to Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater. Mr. Anderson also has 20 years of experience advising corporations, industries and elected officials on public policy issues and has implemented successful public policy campaigns for over 30 different clients and coalitions. He formed the Financial Services Coordinating Council (FSCC), served as its executive director, and led it to important financial services legislative victories. He also revived an insurance industry building code coalition and – while serving as the coalition’s executive director – branded it as the BuildStrong Coalition, significantly grew its budget and membership, and positioned the group as the “go-to” organization for mitigation and building code policy at the federal level. As executive director of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Stability Coalition, Mr. Anderson has succeeded in re-framing the discussion surrounding the Puerto Rico Chapter 9 Uniformity Act of 2015 and garnering conservative support for the bill by positioning it as the free market solution to Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. While leading the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace in its effort to defeat card check, Mr. Anderson successfully shifted the battle between unions and the CDW into a fight about secret ballots and workplace privacy, causing card check to die in the Senate. Named one of Washington’s top lobbyists by The Hill, Mr. Anderson has also been a frequent media source with commentary appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Journal, and Investment News. He has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes II, CNN, CNBC, FOX NEWS, and ABC. In 2004, Mr. Anderson was selected for the advisory board of George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet. Mr. Anderson is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he serves as a guest lecturer on politics and advocacy.

ROB STUTZMAN

SENIOR STRATEGIST

As the former deputy chief of staff for communications for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Stutzman has been perched on what PR Week described as the “front row seat in politics” throughout California’s recent tumultuous political history. One of California’s most quoted political operatives, Mr. Stutzman served as an advisor to the governor’s campaign. Mr. Stutzman is also the founder and president of Stutzman Public Affairs, a Sacramento-based firm specializing in campaigns, communications, and crisis management. Prior to joining Navigators Compass, Mr. Stutzman operated a consulting venture, which managed statewide campaigns and pioneered the use of internet communications for volunteer and campaign management efforts. In addition, Mr. Stutzman served as communications director for Attorney General Dan Lungren and worked in the Office of the Minority Leader in the California State Senate.

Robert Sechrist

SENIOR DIGITAL STRATEGIST

Before bringing his digital expertise to Navigators Compass, Mr. Sechrist spent three cycles in Washington, DC at the Republican State Leadership Committee, during which period the organization led Republicans to acquire over 700 state legislative seats and 21 chambers nationally in the historic 2010 cycle. Throughout this time, Mr. Sechrist built the RSLC Digital Department and was a driving force behind the RSLC’s online presence during its $39 million 2012 cycle. He continues to manage and direct all RSLC online independent expenditure campaigns and lead Acquire Digital – a full service digital firm. Under Mr. Sechrist’s leadership last cycle, Acquire Digital achieved success for its political clients in 14 states while working with National Committees, technology startups, and placing millions in digital advertising buys. In 2014, Mr. Sechrist was recognized by Campaign and Elections Magazine as a “Rising Star.”

CLIFF PINTAK

SENIOR ADVERTISING/MESSAGE STRATEGIST

Mr. Pintak is a message strategist who has created communications, advertising and grassroots campaigns nationally for over 25 years. He has steered successful major industry and corporate positioning efforts and dozens of state and federal election campaign battles, as well as statewide independent expenditures and issue advocacy campaigns. Mr. Pintak has also created messaging and advertising for companies and associations facing challenges in the regulatory, manufacturing, health care, defense, medical, labor, technology, energy, and legal reform sectors. An expert in moving public opinion on complicated issues like legal reform, Mr. Pintak spearheaded the creation of the highly successful U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Judicial Education” effort and has created several large campaigns designed to reform our courts. In addition to Mr. Pintak’s diverse domestic experience, he has put his expertise to work on four continents in locations as varied as Albania, Australia, Canada, Serbia, and Turkey. He has spoken on the topics of issue campaigns and politics for national and state political parties, as well as organizations such as the Smithsonian Institute. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Pintak received his BA in political science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Andy Keiser

Strategist

Mr. Keiser was Deputy National Security Senior Advisor to the pre-election phase of the Trump for America transition team, where he prepared and advised the transition’s policy, personnel, and agency action teams on all aspects of the national security portfolio. He was also the head writer for a nationally-syndicated radio program and assisted in the production of the CNN series “Declassified.” Previously, Mr. Keiser served for 14 years on Capitol Hill for former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Committee. He served as Rogers’ top political, policy and communications advisor, successfully managing all communications for three re-election campaigns and the personal office and Intelligence Committee. In this role, Mr. Keiser developed a crisis communications expertise and close relationships with dozens of top national security and political journalists. Mr. Keiser has a BA from Michigan State University and an MA from the United States Naval War College. He is active on various national security-focused policy projects at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where he serves as a Senior Advisor, and at the National Security Institute at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he serves as a Fellow. He also is a member of the OSS Society and serves on the Meridian International Center’s Global Leadership Council.

José A. Fuentes

Community Outreach Strategist

A veteran of political communications and public affairs, José A. Fuentes has served in all branches of government at the federal, state and local levels. José began his career in the U.S. House of Representatives, moved to be an advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and then was the communications director for the United States Agency on International Development (USAID). He is an expert in political messaging and public affairs and has appeared on CNN, in The Wall Street Journal, and in the New York Times, as well as in a variety of other national and international publications. In addition, José also served as communications director for former Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio and was an advisor to the mayor of Miami-Dade County. As an expert in telecommunications, José was responsible for national advocacy campaigns and lobbying for TracFone Wireless, Inc. Prior to joining Navigators Compass, José served as director for eGov at eMerge Americas, a B2B tech event and orchestrated bringing both the public and private sector together to discuss innovative ways governments can enhance their citizens through technology. Mr. Fuentes is a graduate of the University of Miami.

TAYLOR KEENEY

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS ADVISOR

Ms. Keeney leads strategic communications and public affairs for Navigators Compass. She has over seven years of experience working in political, nonprofit, and issue-based communications and served as press secretary to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell during his 2009 campaign for governor and throughout his administration. As press secretary, she worked with national and Virginia media as the primary spokesperson for the governor’s office. She also developed strategic messages, op eds, and press releases for the governor and his cabinet. Ms. Keeney briefly left the governor’s office to work as communications director for Bill Bolling’s campaign for governor, where she oversaw message development, media relations, and social media strategy. Since getting her start in communications as press assistant to Cindy McCain during John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, Ms. Keeney has most recently led regional communications for Teach for America, a national nonprofit. Ms. Keeney is a 2009 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A native of Southern California, she currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Samantha Rose

SAMANTHA ROSE

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Ms. Rose oversees all communications activities for Navigators Global and Navigators Compass. She is responsible for the development and implementation of marketing and communication plans to support client advocacy and legislative objectives. Ms. Rose works with clients to create a compelling and cohesive narrative, tailor it to key audiences, and drive its delivery across multiple channels, including print, digital, social media, and broadcast. She blends traditional and new media techniques to establish campaigns that build brand awareness, advance strategic goals, and generate measurable results for clients. Ms. Rose – a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles – joined Navigators in 2015. She brings to Navigators strong experience in communications and marketing, along with a polished skillset in writing and online content management. Before Navigators, Ms. Rose led media and advertising for an arts center; developed and advanced a marketing strategy for an economic revitalization nonprofit; and led online communications for a leading restaurant establishment in Southern California.

Samantha Rose

Kyle Burns

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

With a background in digital, print, video and audio, Mr. Burns has been involved with creative production of all mediums for well over a decade. Aside from spending over eight years touring the world in a rock band, Mr. Burns has offered his successful creative services to all industries spanning from entertainment to pharmaceutical healthcare and everything in between. From product branding to advertising, Mr. Burns knows exactly what an audience expects to see from his clients and will exceed those expectations in every form of multimedia.

WILL MARTINEZ

DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL AND LOGISTICS

Mr. Martinez brings a top-level political experience to Navigators Compass, having worked on both Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. Mr. Martinez served as lead advance coordinator for Governor Bush’s presidential campaign and was responsible for briefing the candidate, overseeing event production, and arranging travel and media appearances for the Governor. Mr. Martinez also worked with the Republican State Leadership Committee and led the effort to secure and launch the domain .gop as the preferred home for the Republican Party. Previously, Mr. Martinez spent two years in New York as an analyst at Goldman Sachs and two years with a successful technology startup aimed at yield management for restaurants called savored.com, which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. Mr. Martinez is a native Floridian and graduate of Georgetown University.