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Tom Mason – President

Tom Mason combines 35 years’ professional experience at the intersection of media, public policy and marketing.

He worked 13 years in and around the United States Senate, beginning as communications director for Senator Rudy Boschwitz, and subsequently serving as chief of staff in the Washington, D.C. offices of multiple U.S. senators.

For five years Tom was president of Gannon McCarthy Mason, a public affairs consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City.

As a journalist, he worked for two daily newspapers, spent three years as editor of a weekly financial journal, and for five years edited and published Twin Cities Business Monthly, a magazine five times named America’s best regional business magazine during his tenure.

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Connolly Kuhl Group – Consultants

Founded in 2010 as a partnership between Connolly & Associates and Kuhl Partners, the Connolly Kuhl Group operates under a simple premise of advocating on behalf of their clients while navigating through the public affairs arena.

As a full-service public affairs firm, the Connolly Kuhl Group is committed to bringing their clients exceptional service through strategic planning, grassroots marketing and mobilization, government relations, coalition building and media relations. With more than 25 years of combined experience and a track record of success, the Connolly Kuhl Group has mastered the ability to understand, maneuver and influence government as well as private entities.

The Connolly Kuhl Group is active statewide in the business community. They currently serve as members of the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, River Heights Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.

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