The Committee on Arrangements put together the Republican National Convention held in Tampa, FL August 27-30, 2012.
It filed its Statement of Organization with the FEC on June 21, 2010, and ultimately had about 150 paid staff.
(page revised and corrected May 23, 2013)
RNC 2012 Committee on Arrangements Executive Committee
Alec Poitevint, GA –
Feb. 2, 2011)
National Committeeman from Georgia, elected May 1989. Poitevint served as chairman of the Georgia Republican Party from 2003-07 and from 1989-1993. He was co-chairman/treasurer of the COA for the 2000 Republican National Convention and treasurer of the COA for the 1992 and 1996 Conventions. Chairman and President of Southeastern Minerals, Inc. and its affiliated companies headquartered in Bainbridge.
Jan Larimer, WY –
Mary Buestrin, WI – Vice Chairman
Tony Parker, DC – Treasurer
Christine Toretti, PA – Secretary
Paul Reynolds, AL
Reta Hamilton, AR
Amata Radewagen, AS
Sharon Giese, AZ
Shawn Steel, CA
Mark Hillman, CO
John Frey, CT
Betsy Werronen, DC
Priscilla Rakestraw, DE
Sharon Day, FL
Paul Senft, FL
Lenny Curry, FL
Linda Herren, GA
Donna Jones, GU
Miriam Hellreich, HI
Kim Lehman, IA
Damond Watkins, ID
Pat Brady, IL
As of Oct. 14, 2011. (as announced March 29, 2011)
RNC Chairman appoints at least one member from each state.
| Dee Dee Benkie, IN
Amanda Adkins, KS
Gail Russell, KY
Ruth Ulrich, LA
Jody Dow, MA
Joyce Terhes, MD
Charlie Webster, ME
Saul Anuzis, MI
Tony Sutton, MN
David Cole, MO
Bo Palacios, MP
Jeanne Luckey, MS
Will Deschamps, MT
David Lewis, NC
Sandy Boehler, ND
Mark Fahleson, NE
Steve Duprey, NH
Bill Palatucci, NJ
Rosie Tripp, NM
| Heidi Smith, NV
Jennifer Rich, NY
Bob Bennett, OH
Carolyn McLarty, OK
Donna Cain, OR
Bob Asher, PA
Zori Fonalledas, PR
Joseph Trillo, RI
Glenn McCall, SC
Mary Jean Jensen, SD
Peggy Lambert, TN
Borah Van Dormolen, TX
Bruce Hough, UT
Kathy Terry, VA
Herb Schoenbohm, VI
George Schiavone, VT
Fredi Simpson, WA
Steve King, WI
Mike Stuart, WV
Greg Schaefer, WY
Chief Executive Officer Bill Harris
(announced May 31,
has been involved in the planning and
management of RNC conventions since 1984,
when he served as Sergeant at Arms, and has assisted every Republican
presidential campaign since 1972, when he attended his first
convention. He is a partner
at the MITA Group and president of William D. Harris and
Associates. In 2008, Harris served as convention director for the
McCain-Palin campaign where he coordinated all convention-related
activities for the campaign, including program, political, logistics,
and communications. CEO of the 2004 Republican National
Convention. Executive director of the NRSC in the 1994
cycle. Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party from
1977-84. B.A. from the University
Chief Operating Officer Mike Miller
(announced May 31, 2011) Miller has held key
positions in the
past ten Republican National Conventions. He was overall director
of operations for the 2008, 2004 and 1992 Conventions and was director
of media operations for seven others. He has served as a
consultant to several site selection committees. Between
conventions, Miller manages his own consultancy, MVM Public
Affairs. He covered
the 1964 and 1968 conventions as a correspondent for the
Executive Secretary Erica Carson
(from Aug. 2011; announced Feb. 7, 2012) Previously executive assistant at Davis Manafort Inc. in Alexandria, VA. Assistant on the McCain campaign, 2007-08. Field consultant for the Leadership Institute, 1999-2001. B.A. in political science from Ashland University in Ohio, 1999. Originally from Cincinnati.
Convention Program Director Anne Hathaway
May 31, 2012) President at
Hathaway Strategies in Indianapolis, IN, since 2009, including primary
manager/consultant for Dan Coats for Indiana in 2010. Chief of
the RNC announced Jan. 2007. Joined the RNC in 2001 as Great
Lakes regional political
director. Executive Director of the
Indiana House Republican Campaign Committee. Assistant
the Vice President and Director of Scheduling and Public Liaison;
also executive director
of Quayle's political action committee, Campaign America.
Scheduler for Marilyn Tucker Quayle on the Bush-Quayle campaign in Fall
1988, then transition director for Mrs. Quayle. Worked n the
Office of Public Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Worked on congressional races in Illinois in the early 1980s. Graduate
of the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture. Native of
Director of Whip Operations Tony Feather
(announced May 31, 2012) Principal and founding
partner at FLS, a voter and constituent
communications consulting firm
Feather Larson & Synhorst DCI). Political director for
2000. Midwest regional coordinator at the RNC under chairman
Barbour, overseeing nine Midwestern states. Managed Attorney
William L. Webster's campaign for governor of Missouri, 1991-92
won contested primary but lost general to Lt. Gov. Mel Carnahan).
Executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, 1987 to late
Director of Delegate Outreach Todd Craney
(announced May 31, 2012) Deputy political director at Romney for President since April 2011. Deputy campaign manager/political director on Meg Whitman's 2010 campaign for governor of California. Campaign manager on Nathan Fletcher for Assembly, 2008. Western regional political director on Romney's 2007-08 campaign. Regional political director on California Victory 2006 (Carlsbad Republican Victory Headquarters). Field representative on Bush-Cheney '04 first in California and then in Nevada. Staff assistant to Sen. Orrin Hatch, 2003-04. B.S. in finance from Brigham Young University, 2002.
Director of Friends & Family Megan
(July 2012) Associate at New Frontier Strategy
2008. Travel director/credentials coordinator in caucus
operations for the 2008 Republican National Convention. Special
assistant to the Romney family on Romney for President, Jan. 2007-Feb.
2008. Bachelor's degree in political science from Boston
Director of Hotels and Credentials Ashley
(July 2012) Project manager Hathaway Strategies, LLC since Jan. 2011. Deputy finance director on Dan Coats for Indiana, June-Dec. 2010. Finance coordinator on Luke Messer for Gongress, June 2009-May 2010. B.S. in business economics and public policy analysis from Indiana University, 2009.
Deputy Director of Operations Kristy Pepple
(Aug. 2012) Program advisor at The Strategic
2006-July 2012. Founder of Good Grief Guidance, 2009-11.
B.A. in interpersonal communications and political science from Kent
State University, 2003.
Executive Producer Phil Alongi
CEO of Alongi Media Solutions which he founded in 2009 after 30 years at NBC News (July 1978-March 2009) most recently serving as executive producer of specials and politics. In 2010 he returned to NBC News and oversaw its coverage of the Winter Olympics. Oversaw "Decision 2008" coverage; has covered the 9/11 attacks, both Iraq wars, the death and funeral of Ronald Reagan, the passing of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI, Millennium 2000, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. B.S. in accounting from St. Francis College, 1976.
Director of Official Proceedings Larry
Official Proceedings for the 2004 Republican National
Convention. Opened Harlow Government Relations LLC in 2011.
Earlier served as vice president of Prime Policy Group starting Jan.
2010, and as president and CEO of Timmons and Company from 2000-09; he
joined Timmons in 1991. Served for ten years in the
administrations of President George H.W. Bush and Reagan (both
terms). Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs at the
Department of Treasury, and earlier Deputy Under Secretary of the
Treasury. Special Assistant to
the President in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the White House,
1986-89, Associate Director at the Office of Management and
Budget, worked at the Federal Trade Commission; director of the Office
of Legislation at the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA
employee in Colorado. Started career working for Howard Baker in
Deputy Director of Official Proceedings
(Feb. 2012) Member services and events
coordinator at the Council
for National Policy, 2010-12. Interned in Official Proceedings
for the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. B.A.
in political science from Hillsdale College, 2009.
Director of Communications and Chief
(beginning of Oct. 2011) Associate at the
2010-11. Manager of digital communications at Gibraltar
Associates, 2009-10. Founder of The Surge Strategies, which
advocated for funding for a Pentagon program. Deputy director of
media affairs at the RNC, Sept.-Dec. 2008. Associate director of
communications at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Worked
at the Department of Defense from 2003-07, first as director of
congressional research/legislative liaison, then as Special Assistant
to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. MPA
(2008) and undergraduate degree (2003) from Georgia College and State
Deputy Communications Director Paul Morrell
Vice president of Systems Media Group at
S4, Inc., a defense consulting firm, 2009-10. Chief of staff at
NASA, 2005-09. Director for communications planning at the
National Security Council, 2004-05. Deputy chief of staff for
strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Energy, 2003-04.
Previously two decades working on Capitol Hill. From 1995-2002 he
worked for House Majority leader Dick Armey in a variety of positions
including chief of staff; previously he was Washington staff director
for U.S. Rep Jonh Doolittle, chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bob Dornan
(CA), and he started as a communications specialist to U.S. Rep. Andy
Ireland (FL). B.S. in journalism from University of Maryland
Press Assistant Caroline Gonzmart
(from Oct. 2011) Previously a general assignment
Tallahassee station WCTV-TV. B.S. in communications and media
from Florida State University, 2010.
Press Secretary Kyle Downey
(announced June 20,
2012) Downey has extensive experience on
Capitol Hill. He comes to the committee from his position as
communications director for the Senate
Republican Conference. Previously, he served as communications
director for the Senate
Republican Policy Committee. In both roles he worked under the
chairmanship of Sen. John Thune; Downey started with Thune as
communications director in 2005. Press secretary to Rep. Rob
Portman, 2003-05. Ppress secretary to the House Budget
Committee under the chairmanship of Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA). He
also served as press secretary to the House Republican Conference under
the chairmanship of Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK). Wisconsin native.
Deputy Press Secretary Pam Stevens
(June 2012) Producer for MSNBC’s Lawrence
Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the State Department under
Condoleeza Rice. Assistant Press Secretary and Director of TV for
President George W. Bush, 2003-05. Senior editorial producer for
CNN, 1997-2002; chief political producer for Larry King Live, 1996-97;
associate producer for America's Talking, cable television channel,
1994-96. Worked in the Office of the Secretary and then in the
Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce,
1989-93. Trip coordinator,then staff assistant to the chief of
staff in the Reagan White House, 1985-89. B.A. in communications
from James Madison University, 1983.
Deputy Press Secretary for Specialty Media
(April 2012) Came to the committee from position
administrator in the office of Rep. Robert Aderholt, 2011-12; also
interned for Rep. J. Randy Forbes in the first part of 2009 and Rep.
Robert Latta in the latter part of 2008. M.A. in government from
The Johns Hopkins University, 2010; B.A. in government from The College
of William and Mary, 2007.
Director of Regional Media Melissa Sellers
Communications director to Gov. Bobby Jindal from 2008
2011. Managed Kris Gillespie's campaign for a Texas House in
2002. Degree in journalism from the University of Texas at
Austin. Interned on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign in Austin, TX.
Director of Research Thomas Yu
Started his own research consulting firm. Senior
the communications department at the Republican National
Committee. Producer and researcher for Mary Matalin.
Started as an intern for former U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) and the
NRCC in the 1994 cycle.
Chief Blogger Mike Kersmarki
(March 2012) Principal at
www.ManageThePress.com, a crisis communications and media management
firm based in Tampa, since 2010; operated KerzCasa, LLC, which included
real estate investment and debt crisis counseling. Resigned from
The Tampa Tribune to work on the McCain campaign, serving as new media
assistant for the Southeast region starting July 2008. Worked for
more than a decade at The Tampa Tribune, as assistant business editor
(1999-June 2008) and Pasco County bureau chief (1997-99).
Assistant metro editor at the Ann Arbor News, 1992-97. Graduate
of The Ohio State University, 1981.
Associate Director of Communications and
Radio Andy Polesovsky
(April 2012) Director of radio at the RNC, 2008-09. J.D. from The Ohio State University's Moritz College of Law, 2012; B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2008. Interned in the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio and, after the election, in the Bush White House Office of Media Affairs.
Director of Television Daniel Turner
(May 2012) Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton,
Advisor on his uncle Ted Turner's win the 2011 special election in New
York's 9th CD. Worked at the U.s. Department of State, 2007
through the end of the Bush Administration. Sen. Rick Santorum's
body man during his 2006 re-election campaign. Director of
development at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. From
Director of Digital Integration Jonathan
(started beginning of Feb. 2012) Owner of
Jonathan Torres, Event Entertainment since 2004; DJ, master of
ceremonies, public address announcer. Owner of Torres
Marketing/Advertising, 2008-11. National social media director
(2010), marketing/advertising coordinator (2006-08) and online sales
consultant (2006-07) at DR Horton.
Sr. Logistics Coordinator Christopher
Major (reserve officer) in the USMC; served in both
Iraq. Staffer to U.S. Rep. Bob Dornan. B.S. in political
science from Texas A&M University, 1992.
Logistics Coordinator Kristen J. Sabella
(June 2012) Came to the committe from Institute
for 21st Century
Energy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Special projects manager
at Madhatter LLC, 2010-11. Worked for Manifest Energy,
2009-10. Policy advisor and special assistant in the Office of
the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Interior, 2007-09.
Scheduler and legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-IN),
2005-07. Graduate of Patrick Henry College, 2004.
Communications Intern William Schmidt
Student at West Virginia University. From
Senior Advisor Jim Dyke
(announced May 31, 2012) Founded Jim Dyke &
Associates, now JDA
Frontline, in 2005.
He has served as senior
communications advisor to the Rudy Giuliani presidential
campaign and a communications advisor to President George W. Bush
and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's VOLPAC in the first half of
2006. Communications director at the RNC during the 2004 cycle
after starting there as press secretary. Press secretary at the
of Commerce under Don Evans. Worked at Quinn Gillespie &
building coalitions and developing communications strategies for
A one-time assistant to the brewmeister at Capital City Brewing
Dyke became a lobbyist for the Beer Institute. He started his
in Washington, DC as a Senate parking lot attendant. Graduate
of the University of Arkansas with a degree in history. Resident
of Charleston, SC.
Director of Operations Ryan Price
(announced Jan. 30,
2012) Co-founder (with Christian Ferry) of The Trailblazer Group,
a political consulting firm. Price worked on John McCain's 2008
presidential campaign from its inception in Dec. 2006, serving as
deputy political director During the primaries he handled ballot
national delegate and state
convention director; he was director of delegate and caucus operations
for the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis; and in the Fall
he served as director of the
national surrogates and coalitions divisions. Political
Tom Gallagher's 2006 gubernatorial primary campaign in Florida.
Worked on George W. Bush's 2000 campaign. Southeast field
director for gubernatorial candidate Jeb Bush in his 1998 campaign for
governor of Florida. Law
degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Served in the
U.S. Army's First Ranger Battalion. B.S. in
communications from Appalachian State University. Originally from
West Palm Beach, FL.
Deputy Director of Operations Ryan O'Dwyer
Senior associate at MITA Group; with the firm since
2007. B.A. in
history and political science from the College of Charleston, 2007.
Events Manager Megan Badasch
(March 2012) Resident program officer for the
Institute in Tunisia (2011-12) and Jordan (2009-11). National
of surrogate operations at the RNC in the 2008 cycle. Director of
business development at Cardinal Communication Strategies, LLC,
Associate director of political operations at the RNC, 2006. Special
assistant to the director of the National Park Service, 2005.
field representative on Bush-Cheney '04 in California. Staff
for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources,
2003-04. Regional director on Jim Ryan gubernatorial campaign in
2002. Policy advisor in the Office of Illinois Lt. Gov. Corinne
2000-02. B.A. in political science from Illinois College, 1999.
Director of Media Operations Julie Shugar
2012) Director of the Media
Center in the 2008 and 2004 Republican National Conventions.
Worked on roles supporting media operations in the 2000 and 1996
conventions. First convention was the 1988 convention when she
worked for convention manager Bill Phillips. Other experience
includes assistant clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, work in
the political division of the RNC, and political appointee at the
Department of Health and Human Services during the George H.W. Bush
Deputy Director of Media Operations Shawn
Event services professional in the Tampa/St.
Special Press Coordinator Katherine Lyons
Started as receptionist.
Media Center Director Kevin Phillips
(Aug. 2012) Phillips' fifth Republican
at Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock in Nashville since Jan.
2006. Previously a partner at the Ingram Group in Nashville from
May 1998-Jan. 2006. Communications director and deputy campaign
manager on Lamar Alexander for Senate, 2002. Research, message
and positioning on Alexander for President Jan.-Aug. 1999.
Account executive at Atkinson Public Relations, 1996-98. Deputy
press secretary on Alexander for President, Jan. 1995-March 1996.
Spokesperson on Lamar Alexander's Republican Exchange Satellite
Network, 1993-94. Assistant/personal aide to U.S. Secretary of
Education Lamar Alexander, 1991-93. Press secretary on Smyser for
Congress (ID), June-Nov. 1990. M.B.A. from Auburn University's
College of Business, 2003; B.A. in English from James Madison
...organized volunteer staf of 40 people to run the Media Center.
Director of Delegate Services Anne Stewart
(announced May 31, 2011) Most recently program manager, executive development at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Deputy director of delegate services, hotels, venues and master calendar for the 2008 Republican National Convention. Special assistant in White House Social Office, 2005-07. Managing director of special services on the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee. Worked at the RNC from July 2003-Nov. 2004, starting as a staff assistant, then scheduler in the chairman's office, and deputy events director for the Northeast on Victory 2004. Degree in business administration from Meredith College, 2003. From Fayetteville, NC.
Deputy Director of Delegate Services
(Jan. 2012; initially deputy director of
2011) Associate at Pike Associates LLC, 2009-11. Deputy
director of volunteer deployment for the RNC in Fall 2008, after
serving as assistant to the Vice President at the 2008 Republican
National Convention. Government relations analyst at Blank Rome
Government Relations LLC, 2007-08. B.A. in political science from
The George Washington University, 2004.
Venue and Master Calendar Coordinator
(Jan. 2012) Assistant director of alumnae and
parent relations at
Meredith College, 2008-11. Service coordinator at the Wake County
DHHS, 2005-08. B.A. in psychology from Meredith College, 2002.
Director of Transportation Paul Sorenson
(announced Feb. 15, 2012) Executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party in 2009. Deputy director of operations for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Veteran of a number of congressional campaigns. Began his career working for U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant. Indiana native.
Deputy Director of Transportation Daniel
(March 2012) Deputy director of protocol and
events at Georgetown
University, April 2010-March 2012. Facilities and security
coordinator on Bloomberg for Mayor 2009. Media operations
coordinator at the 2008 Republican National Convention. Manager
of corporate partnerships for the City Parks Foundation (NYC), Jan.
2006-Sept. 2007. Brooklyn borough coordinator on Bloomberg for
Mayor 2005. B.A. in philosophy from University of Northern
Director of Security Al Concordia
(announced Feb. 15, 2012) A U.S. Secret Service
agent for 20 years. Other
experience includes Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for the U.S. Senate, and
work for the Philadelphia Eagles and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. B.A.
in modern languages from Villanova University. Philadelphia
(Nov. 2011) Special investigator and special
with the U.S. Secret Service. B.A. in criminal justice from
University of Maryland College Park, 1980.
Director of External Affairs Jason Osborne
(from July 2011; announced
2012) A principal at The MITA Group, joined the firm in
2006. Senior federal liaison (a senior lobbyist) for the
National Rifle Association (NRA), 1999-2006. Senior associate at
the Carmen Group, 1996-99. Director of governmental affairs in
the transportation and environment division at the American Consulting
Engineers Council, 1994-96. Legislative aide to Sen. Ted Stevens,
1992-94. M.A. in political science/congressional studies from
Catholic University, 1995; B.A. in political science from the
University of Alabama, 1992. Experience also includes member of
the floor operations team at the 2008 Republican National
Deputy Director of External Affairs
Regional director/senior energy advisor to Congressman
Jeff Duncan Jan.
2011-March 2012. Political director on Jeff Duncan for
Congress. Legislative assistant (2008-10) and legislative
correspondent (2007-08) to Congressman Ted Poe. B.a. in political
science from Clemson University, 2005.
Deputy Director of External Affairs
(Feb. 2012) Deputy director of external affairs
2012) and director of scheduling in the Executive Office of Gov. Rick
Scott (Jan.-Aug. 2011). Studied at Flagler College.
Community Outreach / Special events
Director of Community Outreach/Special
Events Holly McGovern Barber
(announced Feb. 21,
2012) Moved back to Tampa in 1997. Experience includes
of public affairs and special events at the International Republican
Institute starting in 1989. Worked in the communications
department for the 1988 Republican National Convention
in New Orleans and as deputy director of the international program at
Republican National Convention in Houston. Tampa native.
Director of IT Scott Morris
Official Innovation Provider Microsoft
(announced April 19, 2012) "The relationship includes a host of pioneering Microsoft solutions such as natural user interface in Microsoft's Kinect, and video communications technology in Microsoft's Skype. In addition, collaboration will be streamlined and improved through the use of the Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint technologies and consulting services."
Official Social Platform and Live Stream Provider Google
(announced April 13, 2012) "will provide a range of technology support and services, including streaming high-quality, live video of convention events and programs... Using a host of new technologies and communications platforms including "Google+ Hangouts" (a new multi-party videoconferencing feature), convention organizers hope to provide voters a virtual front-row seat to convention proceedings and activities."
Official Telecommunications Provider Bright House Networks
Feb. 22, 2012) "the exclusive vendor and
provider of video, high-speed
data and wireline voice services to the COA and convention attendees,
vendors, and media.
The company will offer a broad range of video and
communications options, including dedicated access Internet services
scalable from ten megabits per second (Mbps) to one gigabit per second
(Gbps) and metro Ethernet."
(announced Dec. 13, 2011) "will distribute news and information released by the 2012 Republican National Convention to its worldwide network of over 27,000 news outlets and 6,000 web sites, increasing the visibility of the convention in online media. Additionally, PR Newswire will provide simultaneous, electronic distribution of materials during the convention to the estimated 15,000-member press corps that will be on site covering the event."
(announced Oct. 13, 2011) "will contract, both locally
and regionally, and manage a fleet of 300
modern, air-conditioned buses that will carry 5000 delegates, alternate
delegates and guests between the estimated 95 official convention
hotels in the Tampa Bay area and the convention site."