The ones you'll work with …
A small group of the best and the brightest, rather than a large group of lemmings.
Bill Kenyon, Political Director
A seasoned campaign veteran — gunslinger or political vagabond, whichever you choose — Bill Kenyon joined SPI after 25 years working in both political campaigns and corporate public affairs. He has worked in every section of the country for candidates seeking every office from City Hall to the White House. He hired Fred Davis to handle the media for SPI's first presidential campaign, which he managed. Bill has more hands-on campaign experience than practically anyone in the country. A former award-winning reporter for The Dallas Morning News, Bill also spent five years heading AT&T's contract political operations in California. A native Texan, Bill returned home a few years ago and operates out of Austin. At 52, he also experienced the joys of being a first-time father. Oh, and he has a wonderful wife to do the real work.
Brian Nick, Director of Communications and Public Affairs
One fine, sunny day long ago, Brian Nick was chatting with the mother of a good friend. Her name was Marilyn Quayle, wife of Dan, former vice president of the United States. Dan was to run for president in 2000, and she needed a travel aide while campaigning in nearly 40 states. Brian said yes, and the political bug dug in deep. He said he heard of "Hollywood" Fred Davis, who was the media advisor for the vice president, but never met him. That was about to change. Fred went on to handle media for Elizabeth Dole's successful U.S. Senate race in 2002, where Brian served as Deputy Campaign Manager. Then, to D.C. as Senator Dole's Press Secretary and Communications Director. Next, he served as Communications Director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, then back to Mrs. Dole as her Chief of Staff. Brian was very instrumental in the historic win of Pat McCrory as governor of North Carolina, and in many other SPI races across the country.
Amy Singletary, Business Manager
Raised on a farm in Hillsboro, Oregon, at 25 Amy Singletary relocated to Los Angeles to work for the founder of B.U.M. Equipment. She met Fred Davis when his firm took over marketing for the apparel giant and he chose her to head the ad department. After B.U.M. she worked as liaison for 26 network affiliates at Fox Sports, creative director for Billboard Entertainment, handled public appearances for some of the NHL's top athletes, and as marketing director for All Star Hockey & Sports. The restless woman finally landed back with Fred at SPI in 1998 and we won't let her leave. She runs company operations and is involved in the creative "unusual thoughts" process that has led to the successes of SPI's political and corporate friends. As long as client bills are paid up, a call from Amy is a joy to behold. She's married to one of Fred's life-long best friends.
Tammi Taggart, Director of Production
A sure sign of mental instability: Tammi has worked for SPI not once, but twice now. This native Californian came to us in 2002 after a stint in Washington, D.C., where she received her Master's degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. She left to become a mother of two, then much like a bad habit she can't kick, we managed to pull her back in. She now serves as our Director of Production, managing and organizing all SPI production from California. Tammi lives in Ventura County with her two beautiful children and her incredibly hot firefighter husband, Charlie, and we believe her to be the only remaining Miami Dolphins fan left on the planet. She added the part about Charlie.
Christine Burroughs, Office Manager
Which is more thrilling, working for the world's top politicians, or working for one the world's top former mob bosses? And the difference would be . . . ? Born and raised in Southern California, she began her career as an administrative assistant at Billboard Entertainment Marketing. From there she joined the mob, eight years as executive assistant to Michael Franzese, former caporegime in the Colombo crime family. Franzese, after serving 10 years behind bars, had several businesses, including the production of a major pay-per-view concert, written and directed by . . . Fred Davis. So, Fred made Chrissy an offer she really couldn't refuse and she left one mob for ours. Chrissy and her husband, Chris, have two grown daughters, Yvonne and Alisa, and are the proud grandparents of grandsons Travis Christopher and Andre Manuel. Chrissy is armed 24/7 with her 145 lbs. Bullmastiff, Sancho, so she no longer needs to live in the Witness Protection Program.
Kelly Sharp, Production Coordinator
It was October, 2008. A few horribly short weeks before the election. The heat of the battle for SPI. Enter Kelly Metcalf, calm, cool and always collected. The speed with which she caught on to SPI's unusual ways was mind blowing. It was a pace not many could survive. But survive she did, then flourished. Hour after many long hour. And she never cried. Not once. We knew we had made a good choice. Her background in broadcast production and corporate communications made her a delicious fit for SPI's production office in Tulsa. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Kelly and her husband Brett (hence the new last name "Sharp") welcomed their son Braxton in early 2012.
Brandi Vanderveer, Workflow Coordinator
Every organization needs a preacher's kid and Brandi is ours. Being raised as a PK, she grew up all over the United States. Then, as a young adult, she lived overseas for four months thinking she'd be a missionary. Well, the water made her sick and that idea flew out the window! Fortunately for us. Known to Fred as "The Great Brandini," she has a pretty smile, but it's backed by a ferocious desire to keep her life, and ours, perfectly organized. She recently married Josh Vanderveer, then left two days later for a film shoot. Ahhh, the leisurely life working for a media producer. Her background for eight years was in administration, traffic and related joys. Brandi and Josh live in Tulsa with their two cat-children, Lola and Miss Kitty.