Convergence Media Announces New Staff Hires

(Washington) - Convergence Media is proud to announce five new employees joining the Convergence team. Convergence Media partners Rob Simms and Mike Shields released the following statement:

“We are excited to officially welcome everyone to the team. Our office is gaining a wealth of expertise with every hire. Each individual brings their own strengths and backgrounds — making Convergence stronger in the process.”

Dan Allen, Vice President of Media Strategy- “I’m very excited to be working for Mike and Rob and with the talented team they have assembled. Convergence already brings together the best strategic minds and a tremendous wealth of experience to meet the needs of an ever changing political and corporate landscape, happy to be one of the team,” said Dan Allen.

Dan Allen is a nationally recognized communications strategist, having served in senior leadership positions in Washington, D.C., working with some of the nation’s top leaders in both the public and private sectors for nearly two decades. Dan brings his no-nonsense style and wealth of strategic communication experience to understanding and responding to the fast-changing factors that shape contemporary message campaigns. Prior to Convergence Media, Dan served as a principal at Scott Howell & Co. (SHC), Director of Communications for the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives and on the Senior Staff at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). 

Josh Daniels, Vice President for Political Affairs- “I was excited to join Convergence Media earlier this year, and join a team that so quickly built a reputation for high quality work that delivers wins. I look forward to continuing my work with the team in this election cycle and beyond,” said Josh Daniels. 

Josh Daniels brings over a decade of political experience to Convergence Media. Most recently serving as US Senator Jeff Flake’s campaign manager, Josh has worked in over a dozen states across the country for congressional and statewide campaigns, state parties, the RNC, and the NRSC. In 2016, he served as Deputy Political Director of the NRSC, working with campaigns across the country and overseeing millions of dollars in spending as part of the successful effort to hold the Republican Majority in the US Senate. A Maryland native and alumnus of the University of Chicago, when not on the road, Josh can frequently be found at Nationals Park.

Ashley Craig, Digital Strategist- Ashley Craig joins Convergence Media with nearly 7 years of political media experience. Ashley got her start at the National Republican Congressional Committee where she managed numerous websites and worked with Members of Congress to produce video content and TV ads. Since receiving her Masters in Internet Marketing from Full Sail University, Ashley has worked with numerous political organizations, such as PJTV and NumbersUSA, to develop and execute online marketing strategies, create content, and manage websites.

Hunter Mullis, Operations Manager- Hunter worked at American Action Network in the 2016 election cycle helping to secure Republican victories in the House of Representatives. Prior to joining Convergence Media, Hunter served as a Legislative Assistant to North Carolina statehouse Representative Jason Saine. Hunter is a proud alum of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Miracle Parish, Digital Coordinator- Miracle joins Convergence after getting her start in politics by working on grassroots campaigns, becoming a published author at multiple media networks, and being an involved member of her community. Miracle has worked for former Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator John Boozman where she helped produce digital content and content strategies. Miracle now lives in Alexandria, Virginia where she is completing her Master’s in Communications through Syracuse University’s Newhouse program.

Convergence Media Congratulates Dr. John Joyce On His Victory in PA-13 Republican Primary

(Washington) - Convergence Media today congratulated Dr. John Joyce for officially securing victory for the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania’s newly drawn 13th Congressional District.  

Convergence Media served as Dr. John Joyce’s media consultant creating 7 television ads, 9 digital ads and 1 radio ad throughout his primary campaign .

Convergence Media partners Rob Simms and Mike Shields released the following statement:

“We are extremely excited for Dr. John Joyce, his family and the entire campaign team for this impressive win against a crowded and talented field. It is clear the people of Pennsylvania’s 13th District wanted a political outsider who will always put them first. We are honored to have the opportunity to tell his story to the voters and to continue working with his campaign as we look towards November.”

Highlights from Convergence’s Work on Behalf of Dr. John Joyce

Highlights from Election Night

13th Congressional District results: John Joyce wins 8-way race for GOP nomination (Public Opinion 5/15/18)

Political newcomer Dr. John Joyce wins GOP nomination in race to replace Shuster (WJAC, 5/16/18)

Joyce wins PA-13 Republican Primary (PoliticsPA, 5/16/18)

John Joyce won three counties in Pa. 13th Congressional District (Public Opinion 5/16/18)

Convergence Media Wins 4 Reed Awards in First Year of Business!

We are incredibly excited to announce that after just one year in business, Convergence Media was awarded 4 awards at the 2018 Campaigns & Elections Reed Awards!

The Campaigns & Elections Reed Awards are some of the most sought-after awards in the political industry, showcasing the best work in political media, management, and results.

Not surprisingly, all four awards came from our work on the Karen Handel for Congress campaign during last year's Georgia Special Election, and included the campaign's closing ad entitled "About You."

Convergence Media won Reed Awards for the following categories:

Best Use of Online Targeting for Congressional Campaign

Best Bare-Knuckled Street Fight Victory

Best Use of Voice-Over Talent in Radio Ad

Best Ad for Republican Special Election Candidate

We couldn’t have won these awards if we weren’t working with such an incredible client in Rep. Karen Handel, and without our stellar team at Convergence.

2017 was better than our wildest dreams, and we are excited about what's shaping up to be another great year in 2018!

-Mike Shields & Rob Simms

Convergence Media Wins AAPC's Campaign of the Year

 

We are incredibly excited to announce that Convergence Media was awarded "Best Campaign" by the American Association of Political Consultants at this year's Pollie Awards.

The AAPC's Pollie Awards are the most sought-after awards in the political industry, showcasing the best work in political media, management, and results.

The "Best Campaign" award is confirmation of the incredible work that Convergence Media did on the Karen Handel campaign, while playing the vital roles of General Consultant, Digital Agency and Media Agency.

While it's impossible to relive the excitement of the most expensive House race in history, we've included a few highlights from our Convergence team in the video - click here to watch!

Convergence Media also won Pollies for the following categories: 

Internet Advertising - House Special Election (Silver)

Best Use of Personality or Celebrity (Bronze)

These three Pollie awards are in addition to the four Campaigns & Election Reed Awards that Convergence Media won for our work on the Karen Handel campaign.

We couldn’t have won these awards if we weren’t working with such an incredible client in Rep. Karen Handel, and without our stellar team at Convergence.

2017 was better than our wildest dreams, and we are excited about what's shaping up to be another great year in 2018!

-Mike Shields & Rob Simms

7 Lessons for Republicans from the GA Special Election

As Republicans continue to analyze the race that some labeled “the most consequential special election since Watergate,” we have perspective on how crazy it was – and on what lessons Republicans can draw from it heading to 2018.

Convergence Media partners Mike Shields and Rob Simms recently penned an op-ed on CNN.com detailing the lessons the GOP should draw from the Georgia Special Election.

Check out the full op-ed here.