During twenty-five years of national political direct marketing, Chip Gately has served as a consultant to every national Republican campaign committee, dozens of Senatorial, gubernatorial and Congressional campaigns, and presidential candidates including Bob Dole, Steve Forbes, George W. Bush and John McCain. Recent clients have included Speaker John Boehner, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Chuck Grassley, Congressman Joe Wilson, Governor Tom Corbett and Governor Bob Ehrlich. In addition to his role at Response America, Chip also serves as President of emotive, a full service online advertising and direct response marketing agency.
Bill Spence joined Response America in 2005 as Director of Strategy. He manages Response America’s targeting, budgeting and strategic planning efforts for its clients. Bill began his political career at the National Republican Senatorial Committee as the Membership Services and Direct Mail Manager. He was later named Deputy Marketing Director and managed all direct mail and telemarketing fundraising operations. During the 2004 election cycle, Bill served as Finance Director of the Republican Party of Virginia. A native of Virginia, Bill is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
With 20 years of direct response experience, Patrick Mooney brings a wealth of experience and industry-knowledge to Response America. Receiving formal training from The Leadership Institute, Pat began his career in the mid-1990s while working on campaigns in Texas and Pennsylvania. He continued his career path and served as an account executive for two well known DC-based conservative fundraising agencies, where he put his talents to use on behalf of conservative non-profits and political campaigns. As Managing Director, Pat serves as a top recruiter for new political clients and candidates. Since joining Response America in 2005, Pat’s expertise in creative design, copy writing, and list selection has helped to elevate the company’s standing. His current clients include Senators Marco Rubio, David Vitter, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and U.S. Representatives Michele Bachmann, Paul Broun, and Raul Labrador, among others. A native of Frederick, MD, he received his bachelor of science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Lauren Hall Keene brings a combination of production know-how and political savvy to Response America. She gained extensive experience producing television, radio and print campaigns for numerous Republican candidates while working at The Stevens & Schriefer Group and led the involvement of all coalitions during Bob Ehrlich’s 2006 re-election campaign. In addition to her campaign work, Lauren has applied the political playbook to targeted issue campaigns for trade associations, accomplishing favor- able policy decisions for her clients. With this experience and her attention to detail, she is a valuable member of the Account Management Team. A native Floridian, Lauren now calls Arlington, VA home.
A 2004 graduate of Mary Washington College, Joshua comes to us with nearly eight years of direct mail experience. Prior to joining the Response America team, Joshua honed his craft writing for topnotch Republican clients like Trent Franks, GOPAC, and Bobby Jindal. Most recently, Joshua served as Associate Copywriter at Clearword Communications Group, writing high dollar direct mail for the Leadership Institute, the Lincoln Institute, Americans United for Life and other well-regarded conservative non-profits. Joshua and his wife currently reside in Alexandria, VA.
Janet Bell brings over 15 years of design/art direction experience in publishing, education, retail, government, nonprofits, advertising and marketing. While implementing solid design, envisioning concepts and adhering to brands she has consistently broadened her skills as a designer and mentor. Janet sat on the Board of Directors for AIGA DC, the Professional Association for Design, as the Membership Director and Special Events Chair from 2008-2012. She currently resides in the District of Columbia.
Matthew Hurtt joined Response America after working on campaigns in Maryland during the 2010 Mid-Term Election. Prior to that, he trained conservative activists and students across the nation with the Leadership Institute. Hurtt is originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he first got involved in politics by running for local office at the age of 19 and by working on a number of federal, state, and local campaigns. Additionally, Hurtt wrote both news and political commentary for his campus and community newspaper. He is a 2009 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and holds a B.A. in History and Political Science.
Shawn Howell brings nearly 10 years of direct marketing and client management experience to Response America. Serving as a Senior Account Manager at a direct marketing agency, Shawn gained extensive experience developing and executing strategic direct response and lead generation campaigns for clients such as Verizon, Audi, Novo Nordisk, and Abbott Labs. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management, Shawn now resides in Sterling with his wife Kristie and daughter Madison.