revised March 24, 2016)
announced May 4, 2015
headquarters: Alexandria, VA
see also: pre-campaign organization | pro-Carson super PACs.
On Dec. 31, 2015 campaign manager Barry Bennett and communications director Doug Watts resigned effective immediately; according to press accounts the major reason was interference by Carson's business manager Armstrong Williams. Carson named Ed Brookover as his new campaign manager and Major Gen. Bob Dees as campaign chairman (+). Later in the day, the Des Moines Register reported deputy campaign manager Lisa Coen had also resigned. The next day Reuters reported that 20 staff members had quit, but Ed Brookover said that report was not accurate. On Jan. 11, 2016 Bloomberg reported that general counsel Michael Zarlenga and operations director Renee Burchard were leaving. On Jan. 14, 2016 Politico reported that national finance chairman Dean Parker had resigned.
Despite the tumult Carson continuing campaigning for the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses. However, following the caucuses. the campaign is undergoing a radical downsizing; the Washington Post reported on Feb. 4 that the campaign is reducing its size by about hald, cutting "more than 50 staff positions."
Chairman Major Gen. Robert F. Dees, U.S. Army (ret.)
(announced as chairman on Dec. 31, 2015; started as chairman of the campaign's Foreign Policy Advisory Committee, first reported by the NYT Trip Gabriel on Nov. 17, 2015) President of Resilience Consulting LLC. Associate vice president for military outreach, adjunct professor, and director of the Institute for Military Resilience at Liberty University. U.S. Army major general (ret.), retired in Jan. 2003. Graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972, commissioned as a second lieutenant of Infantry with a B.S. degree; Masters degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Former Campaign Manager Barry Bennett
on March 4, 2015 resigned
advisor to Sen. Rob Portman; just a
couple of weeks earlier in Feb. 2015 Bennett was reported as campaign
manager for the Fighting for Ohio Fund, a super PAC formed to boost
Portman's 2016 re-election campaign. A leader of the Alliance for
America's Future, a group that was active in 2010 races. Chief of
staff to U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH) from Sept. 2005 to 2010.
consultant in Washington, DC. Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Frank
Cremeans (OH). Communications director on Lt. Gov. Mike DeWine's
1994 campaign for U.S. Senate. Communications on Rob Portman's
election to Congress in the 1993 special election. twitter
Campaign Manager Ed Brookover
campaign manager on Dec. 31, 2015 after serving as senior strategist
for nine months; reported by various outlets on March 3, 2015)
Chairman of Greener
political practice, has over 30 years experience in campaign
politics. Political director for the NRCC from 1995-99.
Political director for the NRSC during the 1988 campaign cycle.
National field director for the RNC in the 1986 cycle serving under
then RNC political director Bill Greener. twitter
Deputy Campaign Manager Lisa Coen
Vice president and head of global public and
government affairs for Bayer CropScience division. North America
government affairs and policy at Novartis Vaccines. Vice
president of public affairs at Pfizer. Deputy Assistant U.S.
Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific and Global
Pharmaceutical Affairs and earlier Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade
Representative for Congressional Affairs during the George W. Bush
administration. Director at the White Housse National Security
Council. Worked for two law firms. J.D. from The George
Washington University Law School, 1992; undergraduate degree from
Communications Director Doug Watts
(reported by various outlets on March 3, 2015...press, advertising and social media...resigned Dec. 31, 2015) President of Urban Media Group, LLC since April 2004. President of North/South America market development for Clear Channel AdShel, April 1999-April 2004. President of North American operations for Wall City Design, Sept. 1996-April 1999. Senior vice president for asset development at Gannett Outdoor, Sept. 1993-July 1996. Partner at RussoWatts&Rollins, Jan. 1976-April 1988. Advertising director on Reagan-Bush 84. Communications director on George Deukmejian for governor in California, 1982. B.A. in political science from University of Arizona, 1972.
Communications Director A. Larry Ross
(announced Jan. 11, 2016) President of A. Larry Ross Communications, "a full-service agency he founded in 1994 to provide cross-over media liaison emanating from, or targeted to, the Christian market." Principal spokesperson for evangelist Billy Graham, for over 30 years beginning in 1981. Field spokesman for the General Motors Corporation in the late 1970s. Graduate of Wheaton College, 1976. Lives in Lewisville, Texas. twitter
Deputy Communications Director Ying Ma
Visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of War,
Peace at Stanford University. Practiced law at Simpson
Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a global law firm headquartered in New
York. Managed corporate communications at Sina.com, the first
Mainland China-based Internet company to list on the Nasdaq.
Served on the first professional staff of the U.S.-China Economic and
Security Review Commission. J.D. from Stanford Law School; B.A.
in government from Cornell University. Immigrated to the United
States from Communist China at age ten; author of Chinese Girl in
the Ghetto. twitter
Press Secretary Deana Bass
Principal/managing partner at Bass Public Affairs in
from 2005. Co-founder of Bond Girl|Books. Deputy director
of coalitions at the RNC Jan. 2005-April 2006. Executive director
of The Gloucester Institute, 2005-06. Director of coalitions at
the House Republican Conference, April 2003-Jan. 2005. MFA in
film production from Ohio University, 1999; B.A. in communications and
international relations from Salem College, 1995. twitter
Deputy Press Secretary Stephanie Marshall
Partner at Marshall, Nappi & Schulz Publicity
Perry is part of the team at Bass Public
Senior Communications Strategist Jason Osborne
(started Oct. 2015 as deputy senior strategist;
promotion announced Jan. 11,
Executive director of the CNMI Republican Party from Dec. 2014.
Consultant at The Trailblazer Group from Sept. 2012. Director of
external affairs for the 2012 Republican National Convention, July
2011-Sept. 2012. A principal at The MITA Group, joined the firm
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
Social Media Director Matt Cicconi
(June 2015) Executive assistant to the CEO at HSP Direct, Sept. 2014-May 2015. Munitions inspector for the U.S. Air Force, 2002-14. Northeast Pennsylvania regional field director for the RNC, Aug.-Nov. 2012. B.A. in political science and government from Kings College, 2014.
Research Director Don Green
(reported by Politico)
Political Director G. Michael Brown
(intially field director) Chief of staff to
Texas State Rep. Jason Isaac. Executive director of Texas House
Republican Caucus. Texas manager of government relations and
corporate development for Chesapeake Energy. Campaign manager on
Munzlinger's campaign for Missouri Senate in the 18th District,
2010. Communications director on the campaign to pass Amendment 3
(prohibiting taxes on real estate transactions) in Missouri,
2009. Briefly press secretary at the International Trade
Administration at the close of the George W. Bush administration.
Election Day operations manager for Missouri Republicans in 2006.
M.P.A. from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2009; J.D. from University
of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 2007; B.A. in history from Texas
Tech University, 2003.
Deputy National Field Director Andrew Hughes
Regional Field Directors
Western Russ Walker
Midwest Bruce Pfaff
Southern Bobby Saparow
Northeastern Jake Menges
National Field Manager Matthew Posey
Ben Carson's bus twitter
Director of Ballot Access and Delegate Selection Brian Jack
(Sept. 2015) Senior political analyst at AIPAC, Sept. 2011-Sept. 2015. Staff assistant at the RNC, Jan.-Sept. 2011. B.A. in international studies, political science from Pepperdine University, 2010.
Coalitions Director Daniel Faraci
Director at Grassroots Political Consulting, LLC since
Director of government affairs at the Alliance for Affordable Services,
April 2007-Dec. 2014.
Oct. 2, 2015)
Special Faith Advisor Johnnie Moore
(announced Nov. 25, 2015) Chief of staff for
Burnett. Served as vice president for executive projects and
media relations and campus pastor at Liberty University. M.A. in
religion (2006) and B.S. in religion (2004) from Liberty
University. Author of Defying
Deputy Strategist/National Grassroots Director Vernon Robinson
(Sept. 2015) CEO at Tzu Mahan from 2007. Co-founder of the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. Candidate for the Republican nomination in NC-8 in 2012, finishing third in the May 8 primary. Republican nominee for Congress in NC-13 against Rep. Brad Miller (D) in 2006. Candidate for NC GOP chair in May 1995. Candidate for the Republican nomination in the open NC-5 in 2004, finishing first in the July 20 primary, but losing the Aug. runoff to state Sen. Virginia Foxx. Candidate for state House in 2002. Served two terms on the Winston-Salem City Council. Candidate for state Senate in 1998. Candidate for North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1992 and 1996. President of the N.C. Education Reform Foundation. Served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Earned M.B.A. from the University of Missouri while on active duty; graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1977. twitter
Policy Director Colonel Christopher Bourne, USMC, Ret.
(announced Jan. 11,
2016; earlier, on Dec. 8, 2015 announced as part of nat. sec.
comm.) President of Bourne Executive Strategies, LLC in
Greenville from Nov. 2011; also vice president of operations at
Thermo-Pur Technologies, llc in Greenville from Sept. 2013. Vice
president at VSConsulting, Inc., March 2010-Dec. 2011. Colonel in
the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1982-May 2010.
National Security and Foreign Policy Advisory Committee
(announced Dec. 8,
Mr. George Birnbaum
Colonel Chris Bourne, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
Ms. Lisa Coen
Major General Jerry Curry, U.S. Army, Retired
Major General Bob Dees, U.S. Army, Retired (Chairman of the Advisory Committee)
Dr. Paul Gregory
Brigadier General Jeff Horne, U.S. Army, Retired
Lieutenant Colonel Sue Huggler, U.S. Army, Retired
Ms. Ying Ma
Dr. David McIntyre
Mr. George Papadopoulos
Dr. Stephen Parke
Mr. Tim Ryan
Major General Gregory A. Schumacher, U.S. Army, Retired
Major General Mel Spiese, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
Foreign Policy Advisor George Birnbaum
(announced Dec. 8,
Founder and CEO of GEB
International. "Credited with electing Prime Ministers and
Presidents throughout Europe and Middle East" Joined with Arthur
Finkelstein to create an international political consulting firm in
2003. Worked on international philanthropy and charitable work
for two years. Consultant to Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's 1999
campaign and served as his chief of staff for a year and a half.
Managed Charlie Crist's 1998 challenge to U.S. Sen. Bob Graham.
Deputy political director and director of survey research at the NRSC
under Chairman Alfonse D’Amato, 1996. Worked on congressional
campaigns in NC, FL and VA. Worked on Ohio Congressman Bob
McEwen’s 1992 campaign. twitter
Note: Robert F. Dees and Duane R. Clarridge reported by NYT Trip Gabriel on Nov. 17, 2015. Birnbaum was announced in separate release on Dec. 8, 2015.
Senior Advisor/Grassroots Fundraising Mike
(formally reported mid-Feb. 2015...grassroots fundraising) President and CEO of TMA Direct and the managing partner of Precision Data Management, both headquartered in Reston, Virginia. Founder (2010) of American Legacy PAC [Carson is chairman of the PAC's Save Our Healthcare project since 2014]. Has provided "digital and data marketing services by numerous US Presidential candidates including: Speaker Newt Gingrich, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Senator Fred Thompson, Mayor Rudi Giuliani [sic], businessman Herman Cain, and Governor Mitt Romney. Mike also manages direct marketing efforts on behalf of the National Rifle Association of America, Citizens United, the College Republican National Committee, National Review and The Washington Times." Finance degree from George Mason University School of Business. twitter
Finance Chairman Dean N. Parker Jr
May 10, 2015; effective May 11, 2015; resignation
chief executive officer of Vita Capital, an early stage investment
firm. Chairman, president and CEO of Callis Communications from
June 1999 (acquired by C Spire in Dec. 2013). Director of
distribution for Ericsson, Inc. Jan. 1997-May 1999. Graduate of
Liberty University, 1997. Based in Mobile, AL. twitter
National Finance Director Amy Pass
(reported Feb. 23, 2015 by The Daily Caller's
Alex Pappas) President of The Pass Group, LLC in Nashville, TN
from 2015. National finance director at Newt 2012 from Aug.
2011. Director of major gifts at American Solutions,
2007-11. Director of planning in the Office of Speaker Newt
Gingrich, 2002-07. Degree in business administration from
University of Georgia, 2002.
Deputy Finance Director-Special Events Sonya Harrison
(March 2015) President of Strategic Campaign
Alpharetta, GA from May 2012. Director of Georgia operations for
Newt 2012, Oct. 2011-April 2012. Executive director to New
Gingrich's office, 1999-2011. Georgia scheduler to Speaker Newt
Gingrich, 1995-99. Fundraising assistant for the American Heart
Association, 1994-95. Staff assistant for fundraising on the Guy
Millner for Governor campaign in Georgia, 1993-94. B.A. in
political science from Texas Lutheran University, 1993.
Finance Operations Director Rachel Howat
(June 2015) WIC nutritionist for Mobile County
Oct. 2012-June 2015. M.B.A. from University of South Alabama,
2015; B.S. in food and nutrition from University of Alabama, 2011.
Director of Scheduling Audrey Jones
Longtime office manager to Carson at Johns
Hopkins; started working for him in 1996. Degree in psychology
from University of Maryland College Park.
3 Schedulers including:
Karaina "Raina" Callahan
(May 2015) B.A. in English literature and English writing from High Point University, 2015.
Director of Advance Mike Nason
Executive producer of New Life Live, a one hour daily
radio show, since
June 2010. Owner of The Nason Group, a strategic media relations
company in Orange County, CA, since Jan. 1990. Executive producer
of "Hour of Power," 1972-90. twitter
Advance Team includes: William Russell
Director of Technology Brian Haley
Previously Google Apps administrator for Coolhead Tech
in Austin, TX,
May 2013-April 2015.
Operations Director Renee Burchard
Bloomberg on Jan. 11, 2016)
Operations Kevin Manning
(April 2015) Associate at BKM Strategies, March
2015. Executive assistant/scheduler to U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt,
June 2012-Jan. 2013; also did several stints as an intern to
Schmidt. Graduate of Xavier University, 2012.
Treasurer Logan D. Delany Jr.
(??? CFO of the
campaign) President of Delany Capital Management Corp., a private
equity firm, since 1986. First vice president in the merger and
acquisition group at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated. Former
chairman of Howard Industries, Inc., 7-Up Bottling Company of St. Louis
and Graham Industries. Former director of Grant Industries, Inc.
Studied economics at Oxford University; J.D. from Harvard Law School;
A.B. in economics from Harvard College.
General Counsel Michael W. Zarlenga
(May 2015 to
Jan. 2016; departure reported by Bloomberg on Jan. 11, 2016) Also
of counsel at Bergstrom &
Taylor and of
counsel at Arsenal Attorneys, from Jan. 2015. Owner of The Trophy
Room, LLC, which handles firearms transfers, from Jan. 2008 to
present. Principal at Zarlenga Strategic Consulting from Jan.
2008. Owner of The Trophy Room, LLC, a hunting and fly fishing
boutique in Old Town Alexandria, June 2001-Jan. 2008. President
and general counsel at Internet Verification Systems, Inc., May
2000-June 2001. Associate attorney at Manatt, Phelps &
Phillips, LLP, Nov. 1996-May 2000. Associate attorney at Malizia,
Spidi, Sloane & Fisch, PC, Sept. 1994-Nov. 1996. J.D. from
Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, 1994.
B.S./B.A. in international business from Fisher College of Business at
The Ohio State University, 1990.
Also close to Carson
Owner of Howard Stirk Holdings (owns several TV
stations) from April 2013. TV and radio host at Armstrong
Williams Productions from Feb. 2005; started his radio career in
Washington, DC in 1991. President and executive producer at The
Graham Williams Group (international marketing, advertising and public
relations consulting firm) from Feb. 1998. Vice president for
governmental and international affairs at the public
relations firm B&C Associations. Confidential
assistant to the chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
appointee to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, legislative assistant
to U.S. Rep. Carroll Campbell, and legislative aide and advisor to U.S.
Thurmond. B.A. in political science and English from South
Carolina State University, 1981. Board member of the Carson
86th St., Urbandale, IA 50322-4309
Office: 3349 Southgate Ct., SW, Suite 105, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
State Director Ryan Rhodes
(reported by The Iowa Republican, Jan. 16,
director for Sec. of State Matt Schultz in his 2014 Republican primary
campaign in Iowa's 3rd
CD. Tea Party outreach director on Michele Bachmann's Iowa caucus
campaign (announced Dec. 1, 2011). Founder and co-chairman of the
Party. Political director for Dave Funk in his 2010
Republican primary campaign in Iowa's 3rd CD, and was a consultant for
Senate Republican Fund on six
2010. Worked at a Chrysler dealership. Candidate for
Iowa House in District 45 in 2008, while a student, losing to Beth
Wessel-Kroeschell (D) by 58.2% to 41.8%. Graduate of Iowa State
University. Iowa native.
Deputy State Director Gregory Manz
(Sept. 2015) Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Fels Institute of Government; B.A. in political science from University of New Hampshire, 2011. twitter
Volunteer Coordinator Megan Assman
Studied political science at South Dakota State University, after attending Simpson College in 2011-12. Originally from South Dakota. twitter
Northwest (4th CD) Megan Dieken
From Logan, Iowa. twitter
Eastern (1st and 2nd CDs) Emma
President and CEO of Music 2 Link US Productions,
Inc. since 2002, and vice president of Nemecek Electric from Sept.
1997. Northeast field rep. on Bachmann for President Iowa caucus
campaign in 2011-12. Other experience includes election volunteer
coordinator for the National Rifle Association, chair of the National
Filipino American Republicans, past president of the All Nations
Association, Linn County chair for the Matthew Schultz for Secretary of
campaign, and 2nd CD representative for 2008
presidential candidates Sam Brownback and John McCain. Republican
nominee for State House against Ro
Foege in District 29 in 2006 and 2008. Resident of Mount Vernon
B.S. in Management
from Colegio de San Agustin in the Philippines. Born in Basilan
Southwest (3rd CD) Nathan Arnold
(May 2015) Field staff for National Draft Ben
President/The 2016 Committee in Des Moines, Iowa, July 2014-Feb.
2015. Field director on Bobby Schilling for Congress, July-Nov.
2012. Political field staffer on Rick Santorum for President,
Aug. 2011-Jan. 2012. B.A. in political science from Drake
University, 2013, and is a third year law student at Drake.
Office Manager / Iowa Advance Chelsea
(Aug. 2015) Field director in Western Iowa
for Students for Branstad, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Deputy director of
federal affairs to Gov. Mary Fallin, in Washington, DC during her term
as chair of the NGA, June 2013-July 2014. Legislative assistant
(June 2011-June 2013) and staff assistant (March-June 2011) to U.S.
Rep. Frank Lucas. Special projects coordinator for the Oklahoma
Council of Public Affairs, May 2010-March 2011. B.B.A. in
economics/public administration from University of Central Oklahoma,
March 2015...previously served as Iowa co-chairs of the independent
State Rep. Rob Taylor (R-West Des Moines) - Elected to the Iowa House of Representatives in 2012 representing District 44; considered running for Congress or Sec. of State in 2014 but decided against. Sales director for a small business in central Iowa, a consultant and trainer for the automotive industry, and a diesel and bio-fuel specialist. Masters degree in business leadership from William Penn University; B.S. from Upper Iowa University; A.A. degree from Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. Born and raised in Des Moines.
Dr. Christi Taylor - An internist with the Iowa Clinic. Immediate past chair of the Dallas County Republican Party.
County Chairs in all 99 Counties
(announced Oct. 7,
Headquarters: 84 South Commercial St., Manchester, NH 03101
Director David Tille
June 16, 2015) Director of Job Creators Network in New Hampshire
from Feb. 2013. NH political director on Rudy Giuliani's
presidential campaign. Outreach director for Congressman
Jeb Bradley. Field director on Bradley's 2002 congressional
in NH's 1st CD, after managing Portsmouth businessman Sean Mahoney's
campaign. State coordinator for Sen. Bob Smith. Co-field
on Ovide Lamontagne for Governor in 1996. U.S. Army veteran who
served in active duty as a Russian linguist and
analyst on Russia and Eastern Europe, 1992-96. A.A. in Russian language
from the Defense Language Institute, 1993. Executive director of
NH Republican Party in the early 1990s. B.A. in political
economics and international administration from New England
Interned at Pete duPont's headquarters in Manchester during the 1988
Coalitions Director Chris Wood
(reported by WMUR's John DiStaso on July 14, 2015) NH coalitions director on Romney for President in the 2012 general election; consultant on coalitions to Rep. Ron Paul's 2011-12 NH primary campaign. Founder and principal at Whitefield & Burke, LLC. In the 2008 cycle he served as political director on Fred Thompson's NH primary campaign and earlier as coalitions director on Rudy Giuliani's New Hampshire primary campaign. Field director for Victory New Hampshire, a network of conservative groups promoting lower taxes, less government and strong defense. Has worked on state and local campaigns including Craig Benson for Governor, Chuck Douglas for Congress, Peter Bragdon for State Senate, Ray Wieczorek for Mayor, and Frank Guinta for Mayor. Grassroots director of NH Citizens for a Sound Economy. Deputy campaign manager/field on Forbes 2000 New Hampshire primary campaign. Executive director of New England Right to Work Committee. Volunteer coordinator on Pat Buchanan's 1992 campaign. B.S. in political science, business and philosophy from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Faith Based Coordinator
Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo's NH
primary campaign in
2007-08. Campaign manager on Pat Buchanan's
NH primary campaign in 1999 (announced April 7, 1999) and continued
him when he sought the Reform Party ticket. Chairman of the New
Coalition. Buchanan delegate to the 1996 Republican convention in
San Diego. Elected to the Merrimack School Board in May 1994 and
served through 1997.
(initially Nashua field representative) from
North, Rockingham Co. Steve Small
retired U.S. Marine Corps.
Hillsborough Co. Bob Carsten
retired U.S. Marine Corps.
From Concord. Campaign experience includes
Havenstein for Governor (2014), Lamontagne for Senate (2012), Pawlenty
for President (2011) and Ayotte for Senate (2010).
Statewide Leadership includes:
State Chair Cathie
(announced June 5, 2015) past state president of the New Hampshire Ladies Auxiliary VFW.
- Republican nominee for state Senate District 4 in 2014, losing
to incumbent state Sen. David Watters. Over two decades of law
enforcement experience including as police chief in
South Hampton and as director of the New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement
Marga Coulp -
Owner/operator of Classic Cutters in
County Leadership includes:
Strafford Bob Guida - Former New Hampshire House deputy majority leader, from Warren.
Field Director Jared Powers
Worked on Texas state Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe)'s 2014 re-election campaign, then served as Creighton's Montgomery County district director. Graduate of the University of Houston; worked through school as a yard supervisor at a steel distribution company within the Port of Houston.
Operations, North Country Merle Burke
Burke Painting in Bartlett. Has worked
campaigns including Bartlett town chair for Sen. John McCain's 2007-08
NH primary campaign and for Pat Buchanan.
Headquarters: 3795 East North St.,
Suite 14, Greenville, SC 29615 ...July 2014
2102B Cromley Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
State Director Ruth Sherlock
(reported by Time's Tessa Berenson on Feb. 12,
2011) Partner at Sherlock and Gaines Consulting Group of
Greenville and principal at Sherlock & Associates. Deputy
South Carolina director on Newt 2012 from Nov. 2011, then national
deputy political director. Campaign manager/chief of staff at
Joseph Cao for Congress and for Congressman Cao, 2008. Marketing
director at BE&K Government Group, 2006-07. Vice president of
marketing at Mpower Systems Public Policy Group, 2003. Regional
finance director/national field finance director at the RNC,
2000-02. Partner and COO at The Palladian Group, 2001.
Community relations for Greenville Hospital System, 1998-99.
Finance director for the SC House Republican Caucus, 1998-99.
Campaign manager on Clyborne for Congress, 1997-98. Finance
director on Robin Hayes for Governor, 1996. Incumbent field
representative for the NRCC, 1995-96. Contract labor for Sen.
Paul Coverdell, 1993-94. Special assistant at the U.S. Department
of Energy, 1989-93. BBA in marketing from Texas A&M
Deputy State Director Andrew Yates
(May 2015) Also managing owner of A.W.C. Yates
May 2015. NRA-ILA Georgia field representative, July-Dec.
2014. Upstate regional field director on Lindsey Graham's
campaign Nov. 2013-June 2014. Account executive at The Palladian
Group, April 2013-June 2014. Political director on Mark Lazarus
for Horry County Council Chairman, Jan.-March 2013. Deputy field
director in the Richmond area for Republican Party of Virginia,
Aug.-Nov. 2012. Yates also interned on Rick Perry's presidential
campaign from Aug.-Dec. 2011. B.A. in political science from
Clemson University, 2011.
Director of Finance and Events Shannon
President of Reilly Consulting LLC in Greenville;
floral designer at
Fairytale Florist in Greenville.
Faith Outreach Director Kristopher Jones
Chairman Maj. Michael Middleton
Regional Field Directors
Horry County (Myrtle Beach) Nate Klein
(announced Dec. 2,
Dameron Batson, Evangelist/Christian Rapper, Spartanburg
Mark Anthony Busbee, Evangelist, Gaston
Robert Mark Clary, Care Team at New Spring Community Church, Anderson
Joshua Clowney, Christian Rapper, Wellford
David Fields, Evangelist/Christian Rapper, Greenville
Rev. Jimmy Gallant, Charleston
Larry Theodore Hipp, Jr, Evangelist, Anderson
Austin Luke Holadia, Evangelist, Anderson
Rev. Altheresa Howard, Lancaster
Rev. Dennis Peake, Greenville
Evangelist Chancey-Lindsey Peake, Greenville
Earl Christopher Troup, MD, Greenville
Pastor Scott Williams, Lyman
Pastor Mark Wall, Anderson
Pastor Mark Wills, Greenville
Headquarters: 8879 W Flamingo Rd., #204, Las Vegas, NV 89147
Reno: 1100 East Plumb Lane, Suite D, Reno NV 89502
Chairman Rev. Paul Marc Goulet
(reported by the Las Vegas Sun
on Dec. 1, 2015) Goulet and his wife Denise are lead pastors of
International Church of Las Vegas for over 20 years. Worked as a
professional counselor and therapist and founded Capital
Counseling Center in Sacramento. Master’s degree in psychology
and pastoral counseling from Ashland University; bachelor’s degree
from University of Ottawa.
(April 2015) Nevada
state director for the RNC, June 2014-March 2015. Director of
Engage Nevada, Inc., March 2013-July 2014. Field sales
for the NFIB in Sacramento, CA, from Jan. 2011. Worked for a
member of Congress, Feb. 2007-March 2008. Account executive for
KPA Strategies, March-Dec. 2008. twitter
Political Director Marc Newman
President of Newman Inc.
from July 2015, and account executive at
Fierro Communications, Inc. from May 2013. CEO of M.C. Newman
& Associates, 2011. Vice president at Southwest Strategies,
2004-08. Studied at University of Delaware.
Consultant - Coalition Building Joel Garcia
Founder (May 2015) and CEO
of Lead Strategies Group. Office
manager II at H&R Block and senior marketing strtegist at Elite
Resources Premier Staffing, 2013-14. General manager at TitleMax,
Dec. 2011-June 2013. Associate pastor at the International Church
of Las Vegas, Sept. 1993-Sept. 2009. Correctional officer,
1986-93. M.A. in organizational leadership from Regent
University, 2009; B.A. in criminal justice fro Cal State University
Sacramento, 1987. twitter
Las Vegas David Wray
Rural Bill Johnston
Clark County Chair Margaret Carlson (from Dec. 2015)
State Sen. Trip Pittman
(announced Feb. 29, 2016) Represents District 32 (Baldwin County area). Started Pittman Tractor Company in 1988. B.S. in commerce and business administration from University of Alabama, 1982.
Leadership Team includes
State Sen. Sam
Slom - Minority Leader, i.e. the only Reublican in the Senate
2016. Served as president and executive director of Smart
Business Hawaii for 31 years through end of 2014. Former chief
economist for the Bank of Hawaii.
Mike Palcic - Consultant at MGP Consulting from Feb. 2012. Hawaii state coordinator of The 2016 Committee from April 2015.
(HI GOP Feb. 19, 2016 press release)
Co-Directors Bill Bernardoni and Stephanie Holderfield
(reported by Illinois Review
on Oct. 2, 2015)
Holderfield are co-owners of 413 Consulting Group.
Bill Bernardoni - Worked on Adam Andrzejewski's unsuccessful run for Illinois Governor in 2010. llinois state coordinator for Mike Huckabee's HuckPAC. Producer for Talk Radio Network in Central Point, OR. Graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. twitter
Stephanie Holderfield - She is also a broker with Green Street Realty since July 1994. Marketing director at The Meadows, a memory care community, July 2012-Oct. 2013. Community relations director at Bickford Assisted Living, Jan. 2011-July 2012. District 1 Board Member in Champaign County, Dec. 2010-Dec. 2012. A.A. in general studies from Parkland College. twitter
U.S. Rep. Andy Harris
(announced Feb. 17, 2016) Represents MD-1, the Eastern Shore; first elected to Congress in 2010 after an unsuccessful run in 2008. Served in the Maryland State Senat from 1998-2010. Anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Hospital for over three decades; also physician in the U.S. Navy Reserve, 1988-2010. M.H.S. 1995), M.D. (1980) and B.S. (1977) from the Johns Hopkins University.
State Sen. Mike Shirkey
(announced Nov. 3, 2015)
Represents District 16, including Jackson, Hillsdale and Branch
counties in south-central Michigan; elected to the Senate in 2014 after
serving four years in the Michigan House of Representatives.
Founder and owner of Orbitform, an engineering
company that manufactures forming, fastening, joining and assembly
equipment. M.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin
at Madison, 1979; bachelor's degree from General Motors Institute, 1978.
Chairman Ret. Judge Charles W. Pickering
(announced Nov. 13, 2015) Senior
counsel for Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz law firm
Mississippi office for five years from Feb. 2005. Nominated by
Pres. George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
in 2001, but filibustered; recess appointment in Jan. 2004 and served
to Dec. 2004. Appointed to the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Mississippi by Pres. George H.W. Bush in
1990. President of the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
Republican nominee for state attorney general in 1979. Candidate
for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1978. Chairman
of the Mississippi Republican Party, 1976-78. Served two terms in
the Mississippi State Senate, 1972-80. Elected and served four
years as Jones County prosecutor. Started in private practice in
1961. LL.B. from University of Mississippi School of Law, 1961;
B.S from University of Mississippi, 1959.
Principal at Atlas Strategy Group from Jan. 2014. Executive director at the American Conservative Union, Feb. 2011-April 2014. Executive director at the Faith & Freedom Coalition, March 2010-March 2011. President and founder of RGK, LLC, May 2008-March 2010. Coalitions director on Mitt Romney's 2007-08 campaign. Campaign manager for Sen. Jim Talent's unsuccessful re-election bid in 2006. State director for Sen. Jim Talent. Missouri communications director on Bush-Cheney '04, then finished the campaign as Election Day coordinator in New Hampshire. Keller's first position in politics was as travel aide to then-Congressman Jim Talent in his successful 2002 Senate election campaign against Jean Carnahan in Missouri; following the campaign he served as Talent's political director. Financial analyst in Boston. B.A. in English literature from Florida State University, 1999. Clayton, MO native.
Finance Chairman Doug Lebda
Dec. 18, 2015)
Founder (1996), chairman and CEO of LendingTree. Auditor and
consultant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 1992-96. B.A. in business
administration from Bucknell University, 1992.
Osborne, who started Oct.
2015 as Carson America's deputy senior strategist and was
promoted in Jan. 2016 to senior communications strategist has served as
executive director of the CNMI Republican Party
from Dec. 2014. see above.
Director Jevon Williams
(Oct. 2015) Military
police office with the U.S.V.I Army National
Guard. Anti-terrorism/force protection law enforcement military
policy, 2013-14. Worked as biometrics enabled intelligence
analyst and support specialist for Triple Canopy in Iraq,
2010-12. B.A. in intelligence studies from American Military
Chairman Terry Giles
[Giles was chairman from the outset (reported to be in
line to be chairman of campaign back in
2014) through the exploratory phase; he assembled the
team.... He and several top leaders left the campaign in May 2015
take on other roles in the Carson effort. See: June 6 letter].
A longtime friend of Carson, Giles is a Houston businessman and retired lawyer. He is owner, chairman and president of Giles Enterprises, a private holding company, since 2000. Chair and director of Landmark Education Corporation, 2000-05. Owner of GWE, LLC. Principal at Giles & O'Malley in Houston. Served in the U.S. Army, 1970-76. Law degree from Pepperdine; B.A. from Cal State Fullerton, attended on a debate scholarship. Grew up in St. Louis, MO and attended 21 schools in ten years.
National Finance Chairman Jeff Reeter
(resgned approx. May 2015 as reported by The Washington Post on June 5,
2015) Managing partner at Northwestern Mutual in
Houston since 2002;
appointed managing partner in Dallas in 1996; joined Northwestern
Mutual Financial Network in Dallas in 1984. graduated from
Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business in 1984.
Deputy Campaign Manager Stephen C. Rubino
(resignation reported by The
Washington Post on June 5, 2015) Thirty-year career as a
trial lawyer; Rubino has
concentrated his practice primarily in clergy sexual abuse and
childhood sexual abuse litigation (since 1988), and served as chairman
of the American Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Group for
Childhood Sexual Abuse from 1993-2010. His law practice is based in
Margate, New Jersey. President and CEO of The Estate of Martin
Luther King Jr. Inc., 2010-13. J.D. from Catholic University's
Columbus School of Law; B.S. from Mount St. Mary's College.
General Counsel Kathy Freberg
(resignation reported by The
Washington Post on June 5, 2015) Attorney based in
Robert Costa. "Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up." The Washington Post. Feb. 4, 2016.
Kyle Cheney. "Carson's finance chief resigns
storm." Politico, Jan. 14, 2016.
Steve Ginsberg and Robert Costa. "Ben Carson on
the brink: A process like this is pretty brutal." The Washington Post, Dec. 28,
Nia-Malika Henderson. "Ben Carson campaign at
war with itself." CNN,
Robert Costa and Philip Rucker. "Ben Carson’s campaign faces turmoil amid staff exits and super PAC rivalry." The Washington Post, June 5, 2015. Also: letter from Terry Giles to Robert Costa in response to June 5 article.
Reid J. Epstein. "Ben Carson Creates Committee
to Explore Presidential Bid." The Wall Street Journal, March
Eliana Johnson. "Carson Gets Ready." National Review, Dec. 3, 2014:
Press Release: "Over
Contributed to Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben
Carson’s Presidential Exploratory Committee," April 6, 2015.