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 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 25 people and includes professionals in the media, design, research, and government relations fields.
Jamey Bowers is an owner and partner at the public affairs firm Berman, where he manages its award-winning creative team. A veteran of multiple ballot initiative campaigns and legislative battles, James works with nonprofit and corporate clients on message development, and focus groups as well as specialized advertising and communication campaigns.
Jamey’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and on NBC News, Fox News, and CNN. The Huffington Post noted his “wicked sense of humor” has led to a collection of memorable ads.
Jamey lives in Arlington, VA with his family and is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied Political Science and Journalism. His hobbies include grilling, fishing, and creating new hot sauce recipes.
Mike Saltsman is an owner and partner at the public affairs firm Berman, where he serves as Executive Director of the nonprofit Employment Policies Institute. Mike has managed hundreds of national, state, and local campaigns on wage and labor issues, and he regularly provides counsel to executives at some of the country’s largest employers. Buzzfeed calls Mike “a powerful DC strategist,” and the New York Times profiled the “prominent” role his work plays in defeating workplace mandates.
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.” He serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations, including the California Business & Industrial Alliance.
Prior to Berman and Company, Mike was employed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He studied economics and political science at the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington, DC, with his family.
Jack Hubbard is an owner and partner at Berman, a public affairs firm near the nation’s Capital. Jack provides advice and counsel to CEOs and senior executives seeking to “Change the Debate” on key industry issues.
Jack regularly delivers speeches to industry groups and provides insights on managing public opinion, legislative strategies and crisis communications.
Jack previously served as Chief Marketing Officer and later Chief Operating Officer at American Humane, where he helped drive unprecedented growth in revenue and program impact. He was later honored with the organization’s prestigious National Humanitarian Medal.
He studied political science at Davidson College in North Carolina and has served on several Boards including the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs.
He lives in Alexandria, VA with his family.
Jackson Shedelbower is the Vice President of Communications at Berman, a public affairs firm just outside of Washington, D.C. A veteran of state and federal level advocacy battles, he spearheads the company’s seasoned communications team. His work on behalf of clients is regularly featured in major media outlets—helping to change the debate around healthcare, alcohol, and economic policy. Jackson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with degrees in Economics and Political Science. He currently lives in Arlington, VA.