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Mike Shields

Mike Shields

Founding Partner
Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Vice President of Production
Remy Hart

Remy Hart

Vice President of Digital Marketing
Tom Newhouse

Tom Newhouse

Strategic Advisor
Charles Barbour

Charles Barbour

Managing Director of Production
Jamie Vosseller

Jamie Vosseller

Senior Director of Operations
Becca Salter

Becca Salter

Director of Operations
Rachel Kjellman

Rachel Kjellman

Director of Branding and Creative Strategy
Austin Fiala

Austin Fiala

Senior Director of Digital Marketing
Liam O’Toole

Liam O’Toole

CORE Director
Tanner Williams

Tanner Williams

Video Content Director
Jesse Stokes

Jesse Stokes

Digital Content Director
Nity Zinser

Nity Zinser

Senior Art Director
Wyly Walker

Wyly Walker

Digital Marketing Director
Will Rierson

Will Rierson

Director of Client Strategy
Sarah Mautino

Sarah Mautino

Advertising Manager
Kathleen Ashmore

Kathleen Ashmore

Digital Marketing Manager
Mark Jennings

Mark Jennings

Client Strategy Manager
Michael Bonilla

Michael Bonilla

Client Strategy Manager
Michelle Barrientos

Michelle Barrientos

Client Strategy Manager
Matt Nofsinger

Matt Nofsinger

Client Strategy Analyst
Maddie Kirkland

Maddie Kirkland

Client Strategy Analyst
Trey Segrist

Trey Segrist

Client Strategy Analyst
Sterling Stavro

Sterling Stavro

Production Assistant

Mike Shields

Founding Partner

Mike Shields is a Founder and Partner at Convergence bringing more than 20 years of strategic experience at the highest levels of national campaigns, Capitol Hill and influential outside groups. The Washington Post reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Shields “one of the most talented political minds I know.” Shields is a CNN Political Commentator who brings an unparalleled depth of policy and management experience. The American Association of Political Consultants recognized Shields’s expertise by naming him the 2012 election’s “Most Valuable Player” for his leadership in creating a messaging program to defend House Republicans.
Having led SuperPACs, Independent Expenditure units, and party committees, possibly Shields most impactful work came as the Chief of Staff to the RNC. Here Shields oversaw the data renaissance of the modern Republican Party, helping to map out the data ecosystem and create a vision for the RNC data, digital and ground game infrastructure that helped win the 2016 presidential election and that is still the backbone of the RNC today. Shields also counts Newt Gingrich as his mentor, having served as the former Speaker’s Communications Director in his early career.
Born in the United States on a U.S. Air Force Base to an American father and British mother, Shields moved with his family to Great Britain as a child where he lived for 10 years. Now Shields lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Katie and his son Aidan.

Highlights:
  • Served as the President of Congressional Leadership Fund – a 527 “SuperPAC” – that focuses on electing Republicans to Congress. In 2016 CLF raised a record $50 million and went 29-3 in the 32 house races it played in
  • Chief of Staff to the Republican National Committee in 2013-2014, overseeing the reform and build-out of a $175 million data and ground operation that led to the historic victory in 2016
  • President of American Action Network, a 501c4 issue advocacy organization
  • Political Director and Independent Expenditure Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. As IE Director in the historic 2010 congressional victory, Shields oversaw an operation that put up over 140 separate TV ads in 63 districts
  • Shields career began in earnest when he became the Political Communications Director to the then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Dave Reichert of Washington State, helping steer him to upset victories in 2006 and 2008

Ben Miller

Vice President of Production

Ben Miller is the Vice President of Production and joined Convergence at its founding in 2017. Starting on production sets on large commercial and corporate shoots, he went on to work in communications roles on Capitol Hill, served as the director of public affairs for a large grassroots organization, and was the Vice President at a political media firm.
Ben oversees the production of all television, digital, and radio advertisements for Convergence’s clients, managing the creative process from conceptualization to placement. An award-winning ad maker, he has produced ads for various candidates, campaign committees, SuperPACs and corporate clients.
Ben is from Alpharetta, Georgia and a graduate of the University of Alabama. He heads up our Atlanta office, where our production operation and post-house are based. He and his wife Shea have three sons: Shaw, Collins, and Tucker Nile.

Highlights:
  • Deputy Communications Director for the Republican Study Committee
  • Communications Director for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
  • Vice President at FP1
  • Director of Public Affairs for a non-profit in the Koch Network

Remy Hart

Vice President of Digital Marketing

Remy Hart is Vice President of Digital Marketing at Convergence, leading Convergence's digital team and overseeing its clients' online programs. Remy and her team architect and execute some of the most competitive digital operations in the marketplace, prioritizing creativity in combination with data-driven strategies to power their success.Remy joined the Convergence team as its Managing Director of Digital Marketing in 2021, directing the team's internal operations, systems and processes for team efficiency and growth.Prior to joining Convergence, Remy led digital operations for some of the most competitive statewide, congressional, and local campaigns throughout the country. She has over a decade of expertise in developing and streamlining online political efforts to strategically cut through the noise and reach voters and donors where it counts.
Remy is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and two children.

Highlights:
  • Named a “Kentucky Colonel” after directing digital operations for Governor Bevin’s 2019 re-election campaign in Kentucky
  • Architected the digital program for Governor Rauner’s 2018 re-election campaign in Illinois
  • Directed digital on the re-election campaign of former U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (IL) the same year that her Chicago Cubs won the World Series

Tom Newhouse

Strategic Advisor

Tom Newhouse is Strategic Advisor at Convergence Media, a new role where he will provide strategic counsel and guide Convergence’s business development. He was previously the Vice President of Digital Marketing and joined Convergence at its founding after two successful cycles at the NRCC as Digital Political Director and Digital Director.
Since joining Convergence, Tom built one of the largest and most powerful digital teams in Republican politics and oversaw digital operations for Governors, leadership in Congress, and campaigns across dozens of states. In 2021, Tom was honored by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) as one of the 40 best and brightest campaign professionals under 40 years old.
At Convergence, Tom oversaw the Digital team and served as chief digital strategist for Convergence's campaign and public affairs clients. Tom and his team built an online fundraising program for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy from scratch into a national powerhouse and helped elevate Congressman Devin Nunes into one of the most prolific small-dollar fundraisers in the Republican Party. Tom is a proud graduate of Tulane University and resides with his wife Lauren and daughter Lydia in Alexandria.

Highlights:
  • Honored as one of the top 40 political consultants under the age of 40 by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC)
  • Oversees the entire digital operation for Convergence
  • Served as the NRCC Digital Director in the 2016 cycle

Charles Barbour

Managing Director of Production

Charles Barbour is the Managing Director of Production at Convergence. He started his career at Cartoon Network in Marketing and moved over to Production, creating award-winning ad campaigns for CN partners like LEGO, Kraft and Nintendo. Charles joined Convergence in June 2021 and discovered that politics and cartoons have much in common (at least from an ad perspective). Diving right in as a Writer, Producer, Director, and Drone Operator, he has executed over a hundred ads for various candidates, campaign committees, SuperPACs and corporate clients.
Charles is from Houston, Texas. He graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he met his wife, Emily. They live in Atlanta with their son, Charlie, and daughter, Mary Benson.

Highlights:
  • American Business 2021 Awards: Gold Stevie for Cartoon Network - "Stop Bullying: Speak Up"
  • Campaigns & Elections 2022 Reed Awards: Best Online Video - 30 Seconds or Under (Republican) - "Publicity Stunt"

Jamie Vosseller

Senior Director of Operations

Jamie Vosseller is the Senior Director of Operations at Convergence. In this role, Jamie oversees the operations and finances of all production and post-production projects. This includes booking crew and editors as needed, actualizing budgets and maintaining production numbers throughout the year, as well as streamlining processes to ensure the department’s continued growth and success. Her vast experience started in New York with Calvin Klein as the Associate Producer for their in-house advertising department, working on both print and commercial campaigns. Jamie then relocated to Atlanta, where she worked as the Senior Production Manager for Turner Studios. During her time at Turner, Jamie managed and produced promos, short and long form series for all the Turner Brands (TNT, TBS, TCM, Turner Sports and Cartoon Network), as well as live events for their networks.
Jamie is a graduate of Hollins University and lives in Atlanta, GA

Highlights:
  • Marvel Red Carpet Premieres in Los Angeles, including The Eternals, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Captain Marvel
  • Award Red Carpets (Broadcast and Social Platforms) for Turner Clients, including Academy Awards, Emmys, Latin Grammys and Screen Actor Guild Awards

Becca Salter

Director of Operations

Rachel Kjellman

Director of Branding and Creative Strategy

Austin Fiala

Senior Director of Digital Marketing

Austin Fiala is Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Convergence Media. Specializing in housefile fundraising, new donor acquisition, and voter engagement, Austin provides a data-driven approach to help our clients meet their fundraising and political needs. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in both Public Policy Leadership and French. He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Highlights:
  • Managed strategy for all channels of the RNC's Digital Fundraising program in 2021
  • Managed and executed nationwide peer-to-peer prospecting SMS for Donald J. Trump for President in 2020
  • Former Student Body Attorney General and member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Mississippi

Liam O’Toole

CORE Director

Liam O’Toole is the CORE Director at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Liam supervises the full life cycle of all digital data from managing proper tracking and storage to building compelling visualizations and in-depth analyses. Liam designs and runs the Marketing Intelligence platform for the digital team, providing insights to make data-driven decisions. Before joining Convergence, Liam worked on the digital team at the RNC during the presidential election cycle.
Liam is a graduate of the University of Dallas and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Served as Senior Data Analyst on the RNC digital team during the 2020 Presidential campaign, overseeing reporting and analytics on the more than $1 billion raised during the cycle
  • Designed and implemented the RNC Marketing Intelligence platform driving analytics and marketing decisions

Tanner Williams

Video Content Director

Tanner Williams is the Video Content Director at Convergence. As a senior member of the Production team, he contributes to every step of the creative process from conceptualization to placement and plays a key logistical role for production shoots — hiring crews and talent, scouting and securing locations. He is also a fully licensed drone operator, capturing drone footage across the country for various Convergence clients
Previously, Tanner worked on national marketing campaigns at Massive Media, leading marketing teams at Comic-Con, Super Bowl LII, and the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. In college, he worked as a Production Assistant for the Jay Barker Radio Show in Tuscaloosa, AL. Tanner got his start in politics interning for the communications team in Rep. Mike Rogers’ (AL-03) office.
Tanner graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Public Relations and French. He is from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Washington DC.

Highlights:
  • Project Coordinator at Massive Media
  • Press Intern for Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03)
  • Production Assistant for the Jay Barker Radio Show

Jesse Stokes

Digital Content Director

Jesse Stokes is a Digital Content Director at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Jesse manages client expectations, develops messaging, and tracks client fundraising initiatives day-to-day.
Jesse graduated from The University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science and lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Ran the communications and social media in the U.S. Representative Ross Spano’s re-elect campaign
  • Interned in the Congressional Office of U.S. Representative Ross Spano
  • Served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Oracle, The University of South Florida’s student-run newspaper

Nity Zinser

Senior Art Director

Wyly Walker

Digital Marketing Director

Wyly Walker is a Digital Marketing Director on our digital team, where he guides Convergence’s digital client programs on creative content and how best to integrate performance marketing techniques into digital campaigns. He graduated from Patrick Henry College with a degree in American Politics and Policy and currently lives in Loudoun County, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Wyly developed a passion for politics at 11 years old and has been volunteering and working for campaigns ever since. Notable campaigns include: Ted Cruz for President (2016), Bryce Reeves for Lt. Governor (2017), Nick Freitas for U.S. Senate (2018).
  • Wyly enjoys hiking, campaign, and all things outdoors.

Will Rierson

Director of Client Strategy

Sarah Mautino

Advertising Manager

Sarah Mautino is an Advertising Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Sarah assists with developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns.
Sarah graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in PPEL concentrating in Political Science and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Spent her senior year interning and assisting on local, gubernatorial, and senatorial races in Virginia
  • Interned at Data Trust working on their clients leads and development team
  • Interned at the Republican Party of Virginia assisting with the Trump Victory Campaign

Kathleen Ashmore

Digital Marketing Manager

Kathleen Ashmore is a Digital Marketing Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Kathleen helps run internal email/peer-to-peer list offerings, coordinates with external prospecting vendors, and monitors email and peer-to-peer deliverability. Kathleen emphasizes the importance of data driven decision making in order to increase fundraising efforts for all digital clients. Kathleen graduated from Wofford College with a degree in both Humanities and Spanish and lives in DC.

Highlights:
  • Ecommerce intern at SCOUT bags where she analyzed the retail website daily and worked with the e-comm platform Magento
  • Marketing intern at the Hughes Agency in Greenville, SC where she learned all things behind PR, marketing, tracking data, and graphic design
  • Interned with US Congressman Trey Gowdy in the Greenville, SC office where her communication skills as well as verbal and written skills were strengthened

Mark Jennings

Client Strategy Manager

Mark Jennings is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence Media. As a member of the Digital team, Mark assists in developing fundraising programs for various clients. He graduated from the University of Arizona and currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Highlights:
  • Served as 3rd Vice Chair of the Arizona LD9 Republican Party
  • Assisted with grassroots operations for Yvette Herrell’s successful 2020 campaign and served as her Staff Assistant in Congress
  • Assisted with grassroots operations in Northern Virginia for Glenn Youngkin’s successful campaign for governor in 2021

Michael Bonilla

Client Strategy Manager

Michael Bonilla is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Michael works to drive engagement for clients by employing various marketing and design strategies. Michael graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science and Film and currently lives in Alexandria, VA.

Highlights:
  • Interned in Convergence's Production department
  • Interned in Rep. Joe Wilson's (SC-02) congressional office, leading constituent tours of the U.S Capitol
  • Assisted in production of multiple documentaries focused on WWII Germany and Hitler's Mein Kampf to be distributed in Europe through the Boston College Film Department

Michelle Barrientos

Client Strategy Manager

Michelle Barrientos is a Client Strategy Manager at Convergence. As a member of the Digital team, Michelle assists with developing and executing strategic marketing campaigns. Michelle graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Public Relations and Political Science and currently lives in Arlington, VA

Highlights:
  • Interned on the DeSantis for Governor Campaign
  • Digital Marketing Intern for Harris Media

Matt Nofsinger

Client Strategy Analyst

Maddie Kirkland

Client Strategy Analyst

Trey Segrist

Client Strategy Analyst

Sterling Stavro

Production Assistant