Chip Smith, the Managing Partner of the public relations firm Glover Park Group, is a founding member of the new online political and social networking community HOTSOUP.com, which is to debut in October 2006.
According to his GPG profile, Smith has "led GPG from start-up to one of the nation’s fastest growing, independent communication companies. In addition to directing the operations of the company, Chip is actively involved in providing GPG clients with strategic advice in the areas of corporate communications, advertising and message development. Most recently, Chip has been involved in a multi-year corporate reputation campaign for Pfizer, and in the fight to bring professional baseball back to Washington, DC.
"Over the past fifteen years, Chip has worked in both the public and private sectors, providing communications and strategic counsel to a wide range of clients, including Fortune 50 corporations and CEOs, non-profits, industry associations and candidates for political office. He has been featured as a guest and commentator on CNN, FOX News, Bloomberg and NBC.
"Prior to joining GPG in 2001, Smith was the Deputy Campaign Manager and the Chief of Staff for Al Gore's 2000 Presidential campaign. As a member of the senior strategic team, he designed, built, and directed day-to-day operations. At the Gore campaign, Smith managed 450 paid employees and roughly $160 million in expenditures.
"From 1996 to 2000, Smith was the Executive Director of Strategy and Communications at MCI and the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO. At MCI, Smith managed external and internal communications and directed messaging for Wall Street and industry analysts, media, regulators, customers, shareholders and employees.
"Prior to joining MCI, Smith was an Executive Vice President at Shrum, Devine & Donilon, Inc., a leading political media and public relations consulting firm. There he helped conceive, produce and place media in nine winning U.S. Senate campaigns and seven winning U.S. Congressional campaigns. Smith began his career as a legislative assistant to Senator Wyche Fowler Jr., (D-GA).
"A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Smith received his B.A. with Distinction in American Studies from Colby College and his MBA from Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. He lives with his wife and two children in Alexandria, VA."
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Howard Kurtz, "Online Venture Seeks To Elevate the Debate. Civility Is In, Rancor Out on Web Site Begun by Democratic, GOP Strategists," Washington Post, July 12, 2006.