We’re a firm who believes you should never waste money reaching your target audiences. We believe you should always know who your audience is. And we believe you should reach your audience when they feel most receptive to your message. We don’t use shotguns – we use rifles. No cleavers—just scalpels. Data is our sine qua non. Changing minds is our raison d’etre.
And while we believe these things, and strive to provide our clients with the very best technology, what gets us up in the morning is the relationships. We love our clients, and love helping them grow and win. Our clients know our cell phone numbers and our ridiculous work hours (hint: there are none). In many cases (even in politics) we’ve been working with the same clients for years, because those initial projects have turned into lasting relationships, and even friendships. When you work with Ring, you are not simply employing a vendor, you’re calling an ally to your side.
Ring’s four core members have over 100 years of strategic, political communications, and marketing experience. They’ve worked on national political campaigns, for media conglomerates, for the White House, and for public, billion-dollar consumer product companies.
PJ Wenzel, a Founding Partner at Ring, is an entrepreneur and political consultant. He has worked on political and issue campaigns since 1994 in over 45 U.S. states and internationally on three continents.
PJ has built and sold a multi-million-dollar business, has a Masters in Political Management from George Washington University, and is working (slowly) on his masters in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He is a life-long learner (Webster’s def. n. dor_küs) and loves books, plays too much golf, and used to enjoyed basketball until he got too old. He loves to teach, to preach, and to speak, attempts to paint and swim, travels a ton, is a Star Wars and LOTR junkie, and like the rest of you, enjoys eating good food. Of course he loves the obligatory “long walks on the beach.”
He’s worked at the White House, and in Congress (though that’s not much to brag about these days), and on four presidential campaigns at all levels. He grew up caddying, valet parking cars, delivering papers, helping at job sites with carpentry, plumbing, and electrical, and even managed some darn good janitorial work as a kid. He has advised, and been promptly ignored, by dozens of members of congress and Canadian parliament, and admires Winston Churchill as the greatest statesman of the 20th century. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Katie and their four rambunctious kids.
Fritz Wenzel has been involved in politics and journalism since 1997. An accomplished researcher, public speaker and skilled journalist, Fritz understands the modern media world and the political landscape. He has presented at more than 140 conferences and meetings, including the United States Senate, the National Committee for Economic Development, the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet (at George Washington University), and the Election 2008 Lecture Series (at Washington Center in Washington, D.C.). He has 25 years’ experience as a news and political reporter for the Portland Oregonian, the Toledo Blade, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and he has served as a political and media consultant for federal, state, and local political candidates. He has appeared on every major television and radio news network in America and many more around the world.
Marty has worked in technology, sales and marketing for the past twelve years, most recently, as the Director of Business Development for the oldest privately-held web firm in northeast Ohio. Over a three-year span, Marty helped take the company to new heights from its previous 14 years, with record-breaking revenue growth.
When Marty isn’t focused on technology and process, he continues to invest his time into people associated with The Muldoon Partners at John Carroll University. As Chair of the Steering Committee, Marty helps lead the Partners as they educate, connect and enrich entrepreneurs and students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program at JCU. As of September of 2014, U.S. News reported that John Carroll University is one of the top 25 undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States.
Alex is the head of Ring’s digital product line, and has worked in politics, law, and government since he graduated from the University of Cincinnati (although, he put up his first yard sign when he was 8). After his Bearcat days as a member of UC’s Men’s Golf Team, he joined the George W. Bush White House as a Presidential Writer, where he thanked departing ambassadors, appointees, and other staff for their service, drafted proclamations (Flag Day 2008 is his pride and joy), and designed, coordinated, and streamlined the photo-letter process in the West Wing.
Alex earned his juris doctorate at the University of Denver, where he led several student organizations including the Federalist Society and the Transportation Law Journal, of which he was the Editor-in-Chief. He joined Ring after a number of successful years at a law firm in the Denver Tech Center, practicing corporate, securities, real estate, and oil & gas law. While at his law firm, he provided political and strategic insight to clients supporting or opposing statewide ballot initiatives in Colorado.
When he’s not 4-wheeling in his Jeep, running races with his wife and kids, hiking 14ers, or playing golf at a mile high (the ball flies extra far at a mile high), he’s watching Broncos games and reading layman’s physics books (What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Monroe is one of his faves) and theology (The Cross of Christ by John Stott comes highly recommended by him). Alex and his wife have two kids, and live in Denver.