Who We Are
Summit Consulting Group president Chad Willems manages the entire operation. Mr. Willems has been a political and public relations consultant and professional fundraiser for more than 14 years, working extensively in the area of campaign finance, campaign management, non-profit development, strategy and marketing. In 2005, Chad became President of Summit and has managed hundreds of public opinion surveys, polling projects, and corporate affairs campaigns both locally and nationally. Moreover, he has used his management experience in ensuring efficiency in operations and accuracy in outcome for client projects.
In addition to managing and recruiting clients at the Summit Consulting Group, Chad continues to raise campaign funds for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, as well as several other political candidates in Arizona.
Before coming to Arizona in 1998 to serve as the Finance Director for Congressman J.D. Hayworth, Chad was very active in California politics as Deputy Finance Director for now-Congressman Darrel Issa who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1998. He also served as the Executive Director for the Adam Smith Institute, a conservative/libertarian think tank and political action committee in San Diego, before starting his own business as a political consultant and professional fundraiser.
Chad resides in North Scottsdale.
Brian helps provide strategic and tactical planning to both political and corporate clients. He also oversees all print and electronic media messaging. Brian runs day to day operations for many political campaigns, engages in direct lobbying, and manages several non-profit advocacy groups.
Previous to joining Summit, Brian was a partner with Lincoln Strategy Group and served as a Congressional Chief of Staff and as Executive Director for the Republican Party.
LEAH MILLER, VICE PRESIDENT
Leah serves The Summit as Vice President of Polling and Market Research. Leah has ten years as manager of state-of-the-art computerized phone data collection system. Manages up to 100 data collection specialists and Supervisors ensuring the highest level of training and customer service.
DAVID MANLEY, PROJECT MANAGER
Consulting associate. Over 25 years of experience in political polling and data collection and campaign management. Supervisor of extensive polling programs for the business community including Winona Research, Compaq Computers and Insight Computer Company. Recognized and demonstrated ability in instrument design, writing, sample derivation and data collection implementation. Past community involvement with Arizona Special Olympics.
MARY WARNER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASST.
In addition to managing our office and managing client projects, billing and correspondence, Mary brings with her twelve years Administrative Experience and Accounting. She has worked for Eastern National in conjunction with the National Park Service, holds an Associates Degree as a Paralegal and several Certificates in computer operations. Mary also has five years experience in inventory control.