HARRISBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bravo Group, one of the largest independent advocacy and communications firms based in Pennsylvania, announced today that it intends to expand its presence into Texas to better serve its clients, particularly those in the energy industry.
“For energy companies based in Texas that need advocacy and public relations representation, Bravo Group is the clear choice,” said Chris Bravacos, CEO of Bravo Group.
Bravo Group is strategically positioned in two of the largest natural gas basins in the United States - the Marcellus and Utica shale basins. The firm’s energy clients include Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners, Cabot Oil and Gas, NRG, Southwestern Energy (SWN), Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), UGI Energy Services (UGIES), Environmental Quality Company (EQ) and DOW Chemical. Bravo Group has handled advocacy and public relations for significant pipeline infrastructure projects completed and being constructed in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Bravo Group also manages the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council (PCIC), a trade and advocacy group that includes more than 40 chemical companies that support the completion of new infrastructure to connect natural gas production to both new and existing markets.
David Webster, president of Dallas-based Aberdeen Strategies, will serve as Senior Advisor to Bravo Group, providing high-level strategic counsel and expertise.
“Bravo Group represents the energy industry across the entire spectrum, from exploration and production companies to midstream and end users,” said Topper Ray, president of communications for Bravo Group, which has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. “Having a Texas presence is a natural next step for our firm, and we are pleased to be taking that step with David Webster.”
Adam Pope, leader of Bravo Group’s Pittsburgh office energy practice, said, “David Webster brings a comprehensive understanding of the specific challenges and hurdles that energy companies face. These are complicated regulatory and political dynamics, and our team looks forward to working with David to provide solutions for our clients.”
Webster brings more than 30 years of experience as a senior communications professional who has advised CEOs and senior leadership in mergers and acquisitions, reputation management, building performance cultures, managing transformational change, proactive public relations, crisis management, and investor and government relations.
“I'm ready to help Bravo Group establish the firm’s presence in Texas,” said Webster. “Bravo’s team has a proven track record of results for energy companies and has been working in two of the largest natural gas producing fields in the nation. They have the talent that allows them to generate support, move quickly and communicate clearly in the most difficult regulatory, political and marketplace environments.”
Webster also will continue to run his communications consulting firm, Aberdeen Strategies, while serving in this advisory role to Bravo Group and its clients. Before founding Aberdeen Strategies, David served as chief communications officer and head of public affairs for Sunoco, Inc., leading the iconic energy company’s public affairs and communications outreach efforts as it restructured and ultimately was acquired in 2012.
Before Sunoco, Webster led communications for Centex Corporation and Regions Financial Corporation. David also served as senior vice president of business affairs at Chase Card Services, one of the world’s largest issuers of credit cards. While at JPMorgan Chase, he and his team created co-branded product and media relations campaigns in partnership with brands like Disney, Southwest Airlines, and Starbucks. Earlier in his career, David held senior communications positions at Bank One, First USA and Pennzoil Company. David has a master’s degree in communication from Regent University and is the founding chair of the Communications Advisory Council at the College of Charleston. He is also a former member of the Arthur Page Society.
About Bravo Group
With offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, Bravo Group helps clients Win Tough Fights™ with a campaign-style approach to public relations and advocacy. This integrated approach allows for faster, more cohesive solutions and puts clients in the best position to achieve results often in the most difficult public, political and regulatory environments. For more information, visit www.thebravogroup.com.
About Aberdeen Strategies
Aberdeen Strategies provides strategic communications advice and tactical communications support to public corporations and private businesses. The firm specializes in providing interim communications management services as well as public relations, corporate communications and crisis communications counsel. For more information, visit www.aberdeenstrategies.com.