Kurt Davis

July 14, 2016

Kurt Davis is a founding partner in the firm FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs. Davis serves in a lead position in the firm related to strategic public policy development for non-profit clients, rural Arizona issues and government relations related activities. Prior to forming FirstStrategic, Davis served as the Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing at Northern Arizona University, a doctoral one university serving nearly 19,000 students from all 50 states, 63 nations and more than 50 native American tribes. Prior to his position with Northern Arizona University, Davis served as the Vice President of Public Affairs & Corporate Communications at Rural/Metro, a publicly traded company providing fire and ambulance services to communities across the nation. He had direct responsibility for public affairs, legislative affairs, contract negotiations, fire marketing efforts, corporate communications, franchise protection and community relations. Prior to joining Rural/Metro, Davis was Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant in the Office of the Governor where he had direct oversight responsibility for the Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, State Land Department, Game & Fish Department, Department of Youth Treatment and Rehabilitation, Governor’s Offices of Women, Drug Policy, Community Affairs and the Pardons and Parole Board. He was appointed to represent the governor on the legislatively created Constitutional Defense Council and the statewide Law Enforcement Policy Council. Davis developed and worked with the State Legislature to institute broad based public policy reforms for adult/youth crime policy and transportation. Davis also served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs & Issues Analysis in the Arizona Office of the Attorney General, as Executive Director of the Arizona Republican Party and held appointed positions in the Reagan Administration at the White House, the Department of Education and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Davis has also served as a gubernatorial appointment to the Arizona Board of Regents, the Vision 21 Transportation Task Force and the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools. In 2007, U.S. Senator John McCain appointed Davis to co-lead his Arizona campaign. Davis currently serves as a Board Member on the Great Hearts Academies, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member on ASU’s Ramsey Executive Program for Public Policy. He received his BS degree from Northern Arizona University. Davis is a native of Los Angeles, California. He and his wife, Janet, have a daughter Brittani, who is currently attending the University of Luneburg in Germany and they reside in Flagstaff with their two pugs.

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Marcus Dell’Artino

July 14, 2016

Marcus Dell’Artino is a partner in the firm FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs joining as a partner in 2008. He leads the firm’s state relations line of business and will be active in initiative and referendum campaign efforts. Dell’Artino was most recently a partner in Public Policy Partners, a government relations firm, as well as Turning Point Public Relations, a marketing and political consulting firm. He recently left the company to be the Deputy Director of the Southwest Region for John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign. Prior to joining Public Policy Partners in 2001, he served as the Arizona Political Director for U.S. Senator John McCain’s campaign for U.S. President. While as a partner in Public Policy Partners, Dell’Artino lobbied the Arizona State Legislature on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 clients, local governments and non-profits. His accomplishments were noticed at the Arizona State Legislature by being voted as one of the “Best Lobbyists” in 2008 by the Arizona Capitol Times. Previous to working for Senator McCain, he was the Chief of Staff to County Supervisor Don Stapley where he managed all aspects of county government. In addition, he worked for several members of the Arizona Congressional Delegation including former Congressman Matt Salmon and Congressman J.D. Hayworth. Dell’Artino has managed and consulted on several statewide initiatives, including Proposition 100 – Protect Our Homes (2008), Proposition 202 – Indian Gaming (2002), Proposition 108 – Telecommunications (2000), and Proposition 303 – The Growing Smarter Initiative (1998), as well as served as a consultant to the Arizona Republican Party and often serves as a campaign expert for several media outlets. In 2006, he was asked by the International Republican Institute to travel to the country of Jordan to lecture on the importance of survey instruments as valuable tools for municipalities and their constituents. While there he was able to make suggestions to municipal leaders on how to open up a dialogue with their constituents on the needs and challenges occurring in individual cities. In 2007, he was selected as a member of Phoenix’s “Forty under 40” sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal. The honor is given to those who have made significant achievements in their fields of business as well as contributions to their community and civic involvement. Dell’Artino currently serves on the City of Phoenix Block Watch committee as well as the Encanto Village Planning Committee. Previously he has served on several boards including the Maricopa County Parks Board and the Central Arizona Shelter Services Board. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Arizona.

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Barry Dill

July 14, 2016

Barry Dill is a partner in the firm FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs joining in 2005. Dill leads the firm’s federal relations line of business and Southern Arizona outreach efforts. Prior to joining FirstStrategic, Dill was an associate for seven years at the Phoenix, AZ government/public relations firm Policy Development Group (PDG). PDG represented a wide range of clients at the local, state and federal level. In 2006, Dill served as senior advisor and strategist to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano’s successful re-election campaign. He previously served as senior advisor and strategist during Governor Napolitano’s gubernatorial race in 2002. In 1998, Dill served the same role in Napolitano’s first campaign, a successful run for Arizona Attorney General. Dill’s entry into politics began in 1986 when he was chosen to serve on U.S. Senator Dennis DeConcini’s Tucson staff. In 1988 Dill was the Southern Arizona Campaign Manager for DeConcini’s successful re-election bid and was named Southern Arizona Director for the Senator’s Tucson office shortly thereafter. In 1991, Dill was tapped by Senator DeConcini to manage the entire state U.S. Senate operation as State Director, where he served until the Senator’s retirement in 1995. After Senator DeConcini’s retirement, Dill joined the Denver-based think tank Center for the New West. The Center for the New West focused on policy issues dealing with trade, technology and economic development. During his tenure, Dill served as director of the Center’s Phoenix office. In 1996, Dill left the policy world for election politics and served as Arizona deputy state director for the successful Clinton/Gore presidential re-election effort. The election is noteworthy because it was the first time a Democrat ticket had won in Arizona since 1948. For the campaign, Dill oversaw all grassroots, field and GOTV activities. Before entering politics, Dill was a radio announcer and news reporter for stations in Utah and Arizona. In 1984-85, he was a sports correspondent for the now-defunct Phoenix Gazette newspaper. Dill is a native of Indiana. He and his wife Melinda have four children and live in Scottsdale.

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Cindy Krawczyk

July 14, 2016

Cindy Krawczyk is the firm’s Associate. She worked in the Public Relations Department for the San Francisco 49ers for five seasons, before moving to Arizona. She spent seven seasons working in the coaching department for the Arizona Cardinals. After retiring from football, Cindy remains active in her local community. She serves on several local boards including Arcadia Little League (Director of Information), Boys Team Charity Camelback Chapter (VP of Communication), Arcadia High School PTO (co-President), Hopi Elementary School PTA (Event Chairperson) and Site Council for Arcadia High School. Cindy has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations, from Utah State University. She earned her Master’s in Sport Management from the University of the Pacific. She was raised in Blackfoot, Idaho, but has lived in Arizona since 2005. She is married with four kids and two dogs.

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