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Ricky Diaz Joins FP1 Strategies

Republican Advertising Firm Bolsters Team Going Into 2014 Cycle

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FP1 Strategies, LLC today announced that Ricky Diaz will be joining the firm as vice president at the beginning of February 2014.  Diaz brings valuable communications, media and political experience to FP1 Strategies having worked with high-profile Republican leaders on statewide campaigns and in government.  During the 2012 election cycle, Ricky Diaz served as press secretary for Pat McCrory's successful campaign for North Carolina governor.  After McCrory's historic victory as the first Republican elected governor of North Carolina since 1988, Ricky Diaz served in the highest levels of state government, including as deputy communications director in the Office of the Governor and communications director of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Ricky Diaz previously served as director of media affairs for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and deputy director of communications for U.S. Senator Richard Burr's 2010 re-election campaign.  Ricky Diaz also served as e-campaign director for Chris Christie's first campaign for New Jersey governor.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

"FP1 has assembled a strong team of some of the most talented and accomplished operatives in politics, and I am excited to join such a distinguished firm," said Ricky Diaz.  "I look forward to working with the team to help develop winning ad campaigns for FP1's clients."

"We are thrilled to welcome Ricky to our firm," said FP1 Strategies Partner Jon Downs.  "Ricky has a unique background in strategic communications, media relations, digital media, video production and branding that will help our firm deliver the best television, radio and online advertising campaigns for our clients."

"Ricky has an impressive background and a track record of success," said FP1 Strategies Partner Terry Nelson.  "His hands-on experience developing messages for statewide campaigns and government will help our clients effectively drive the debate and win the tough fights."

About FP1 Strategies

FP1 Strategies LLC is a public affairs, advertising, grassroots and media relations firm led by partners Terry Nelson, Jon Downs, Danny Diaz and Rob Jesmer.

FP1 Strategies offers a host of services including: public affairs campaign management, grassroots coalition building and management, paid advertising, media placement, press relations, crisis communication expertise, and new media and online grassroots advocacy.

Terry Nelson is one of the most influential political operatives in the nation's capital, having played senior roles in numerous political and public affairs campaigns.  Nelson served as the political director for President George W. Bush's 2004 campaign and as Senator John McCain's campaign manager in 2008.

Jon Downs is an award-winning writer and producer who has developed strategy and advertising for political candidates and issue campaigns across the country.  Downs was named one of the top 10 political consultants to watch by Politico and won eight Pollies in 2012, including best Republican advertising campaign for his work on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul.

Danny Diaz most recently was a senior adviser to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign, as well as advising Governor Mitt Romney's campaign for president.  During the 2010 cycle, Diaz was the lead consultant on two of the most closely watched political races in the country, Mark Kirk for Senate and Susana Martinez for Governor.  He has worked on various public affairs campaigns and was previously communications director at the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Rob Jesmer recently joined FP1 Strategies as its fourth partner.  Most recently, Jesmer was executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).  During his four years as executive director, Jesmer oversaw an effort that netted five GOP seats and raised over $200 million.  In addition to his work at the NRSC, Jesmer managed Senator John Cornyn's successful re-election campaign in 2008 and served as the southeast regional political director for the RNC in 2006.

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