About Us

Berman and Company is a dynamic research, communications, advertising, and government affairs firm. We blend aggressive, creative thinking with functional expertise to achieve extraordinary results for our clients.

Berman and Company isn’t your average PR firm. Our mission is to “change the debate,” not simply contribute to it. Through our fact-based, hard-hitting approach to public relations and issue advocacy, Berman and Company makes the public think twice about commonly held assumptions. Says president and founder Rick Berman, “My goal is to make people say, ‘I’ve never thought of it that way before.’”

We don’t just change the debate. If necessary, we start the debate. Our success is based on four core competencies: credible research, effective messaging, aggressive communications and creative advertising.

Berman and Company’s staff has grown to 35 people and includes professionals in the media, design, research, and government relations fields.

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Richard Berman


Rick Berman is President of Berman and Company, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.

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James Bowers

Senior Vice President

James Bowers is Creative Director and a Senior Vice President at Berman and Company where he manages its award winning creative team. A veteran of multiple ballot initiative campaigns and legislative battles, James also works with nonprofit and corporate clients on specialized advertising and communication plans.

James lives in Arlington, VA with his family and is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied Political Science and Journalism.

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Michael Saltsman

Senior Vice President

Mike Saltsman manages Berman and Company’s work on labor issues. Mike has overseen dozens of national, state, and local labor-related campaigns, and he regularly provides counsel to executives at some of the country’s largest hospitality companies. Buzzfeed calls Mike “a powerful DC strategist,” and the New York Times profiled the “prominent” role his work plays in defeating proposals to raise the minimum wage. Mike is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and he was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants as a member of the class of 2018’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

Prior to Berman and Company, Mike was employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and he studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.