Communications

Michael Best Strategies (Strategies) announced today the hiring of Joe Fadness to its growing team of communications professionals. Fadness is a senior level strategist with statewide experience inside and outside government. He most recently formed a successful communications firm that worked with a variety of corporate and nonprofit clients to achieve their public relations and advocacy goals. He brings to the firm a strong statewide network of contacts that include press, business leaders, and elected officials.

For over a decade, Fadness served as an advisor to Governor Scott Walker, in addition to leading statewide political organizations. In 2019, he founded Franklin Strategy, a Wisconsin-based communications and public affairs firm where he worked with an array of clients on strategic communications and grassroots advocacy projects. The firm saw significant year-over-year growth before joining Strategies, and he will continue to build on that book while also helping Strategies’ diverse client base.

“Joe has extensive, high-level experience working with business, civic, and elected leaders statewide, and we’re thrilled to have him join our growing team of communications experts,” said Robert Marchant, President of Michael Best Strategies. “We’ve seen great success growing a small lobby firm into a state and federal consulting practice helping clients across the country. This latest move adds professional talent and depth to our experienced communications team and will further showcase Strategies’ capabilities and record of delivering results.”

“Strategies has a strong reputation among our nation’s leaders in business and government, and I’m excited to join the firm’s team of trusted communications professionals,” said Fadness. “Helping businesses properly navigate today’s fragmented news environment is more important than ever, and we have the tools and experience to deliver for clients.”

Fadness earned his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science and Business Administration from Marquette University.

Bio Link Joe is a senior-level strategist with significant statewide experience leading organizations and public relations efforts. He advises companies, nonprofits, and professional associations on public affairs and strategic communications matters. Expertise: Public Affairs, Media Relations, Public Relations, Crisis Communications, and Grassroots Coalition Building
Bio Link Rob served as a senior leader within the Wisconsin Senate under five majority leaders, three Republicans and two Democrats. As chief clerk and director of operations of the Wisconsin Senate, Rob was the parliamentarian of the Senate and was responsible for the proper, constitutional functioning of the Senate as a lawmaking and oversight body within state government. Expertise: How Legislatures Do Their Work, Legislative Procedure & Drafting, Executive Branch Operations, Economic Development Policy, Agri-business & Environmental Policy, and Water Policy

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