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 led by Phil Anderson and Rob Stutzman.
Public Opinion Research
Website & Collateral Design
Digital Advocacy & Campaigns
NAVIGATORS COMPASS // STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
CLIENT CASE STUDIES
Navigators Compass believes that results speak louder than long lists of services. Click on the case study images below to see a few of our successful strategic communications campaigns.
The first vital step in any successful public affairs campaign is to define your message. Navigators Compass excels in distilling complex public policy issues into language that resonates with key stakeholder groups. For every campaign, we develop a core Message Bible to enforce message discipline and ensure that our clients are communicating the right messages at the appropriate times.
As advisors to some of America’s most powerful elected officials and largest companies, Navigators Compass has extensive experience with crisis communications. Our in-house experts have handled the media from the local level to the highest national level, preparing and implementing rapid-response plans that save our clients’ reputations and money. Equally as important, our team has faced withering questions and hot camera lights in various real-life crises.
With our superior level of knowledge and experience in crisis management, Navigators Compass knows how to develop a strategy, craft an effective message, and overcome even the most hostile media to help our clients manage a crisis, mitigate their liabilities, and turn negatives into positives.
Initiative and Referendum Campaigns
Navigators Compass has managed and won some of the toughest high-profile political initiatives and referendums across the nation.
Our team has devised and executed numerous successful campaigns that focus on strategic messaging, earned media strategies, targeted paid advertising, general consulting, and grassroots outreach tactics. By leading several local, statewide, and national ballot initiatives and referendums teams, Navigators Compass brings tested and proven campaign strategies to the table that help our political clients keep up with the ever-changing political landscape.
A few successful initiative and referendum clients include:
Home Depot – No on Measure B
No on Propositions 68 & 70 – Join Arnold; Get a Better Deal for California
Proposition 67: Stop the Phone Tax
Yes on Propositions 57 & 58 – Californians for a Balanced Budget
Yes for a Greater Miami-Dade Campaign
President & Senior Strategist
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. During his time in the White House, Mr. Anderson was responsible for designing and managing all public appearances by the Vice President, coordinating all vice presidential media coverage, and serving in the role of public liaison. Additionally, Mr. Anderson managed all media operations at the 1988 Republican National Convention and served as vice presidential campaign tour director for the 1992 Bush-Quayle campaign. Mr. Anderson has significant experience on the international stage, including advising El Salvador President Francisco Flores Perez and serving as chief campaign strategist to Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Director of Communications
Prior to joining Navigators, Ms. Rose served as a media and advertising coordinator, developed and implemented an annual marketing plan for an economic revitalization nonprofit, and served as the social media marketing manager for a dining establishment in Southern California. She brings to Navigators experience in the communications and marketing arena, with a strong skill set in writing and online content management. Ms. Rose is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles.
DIGITAL PROJECTS MANAGER
Mrs. Taussig brings extensive corporate campaign experience to Navigators Compass having worked in a variety of industries across the United States and Europe, including SeaWorld, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Florida Hospital – one of the largest hospital systems in the state. A graduate of the University of Florida, and in her spare time pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Rollins College Crummer School of Business, Mrs. Taussig provides strategic media planning, campaign support and continuous optimization – producing cutting edge holistic campaigns that address client goals and deliver optimal results. Shelby empowers all of our clients for success.
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.