Who We Are

Our team of Sterling professionals is a talented group with a unique blend of experience and a long list of accomplishments in the world of public policy, issue management, partisan campaigns, and fundraising. We’ve done it all and we’ve done it well. We have a relentless drive to win...and our clients do.

Friday
Feb042011

Steve Linder

Steve’s forte is to help provide what most of our clients need most: money (and he’s raised a whoooole lot of it - more than $400 million for associations, issues, causes, and candidates). Campaigns & Elections magazine named Linder as one of the most influential Republicans in the nation.

Steve directs our fundraising practice, specializing in raising funds for caucus committees, ballot initiatives, corporate and trade association PACs, political parties and statewide candidates. Steve is also coalition builder extraordinaire, and our issue management clients benefit greatly from his expertise and relationships.


Prior to joining Sterling, Steve was President and owner of Linder & Associates, Michigan’s first multi-client political fundraising firm. Steve has been a professional fund-raiser since 1978, getting his start with Michigan Governor William Milliken's reelection campaign, and has directed fundraising campaigns in numerous states for scores of candidates, caucus committees, ballot issue committees, and PACs.

Steve spends most waking hours cajoling people to write check or commit time and other resources to various causes, but still squeezes in time to bicycle over 3,000 miles per year and he is a devoted Michigan State Spartan basketball junkie.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Jeff Timmer

Jeff provides the big-picture strategy for our clients. He is a veteran political and public affairs strategist specializing in public policy issue management, ballot proposal campaigns, and partisan political campaigns. Jeff is Sterling’s Creative Director, overseeing development and production of Sterling’s, well, sterling printed materials and broadcast advertising for our clients. Campaigns & Elections magazine named Timmer to its list of influential Republicans.
 
Jeff was Executive Director of the Michigan Republican Party and won wide recognition for innovative communications and use of technology. He has directed numerous legislative, congressional, and statewide political and ballot issue campaigns, and provided strategic advice to corporate, public affairs, and political campaign clients. Additionally, Jeff has created, directed, and produced award- winning mail and advertising campaigns for a variety of clients.
 
Jeff is recognized as a leading redistricting expert and has been an advisor to Speakers of the Michigan House, Michigan Senate Majority Leaders, the Michigan House and Senate Republican campaign committees, and the Michigan Republican Party. He was appointed by the Governor to serve on Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers.

This weirds some people out, but Jeff doesn’t drink coffee. Don’t fret, though, he still manages to ingest caffeine via a significant daily volume of diet cola.

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Thursday
Feb032011

Mark Pischea

Mark is Sterling’s messaging cop and resident public relations expert. He keeps our clients on-message and strategically in the public eye.

Mark served as Political Director for the Michigan Republican Party and Deputy Executive Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He’s been a public relations and political consultant for the past 20 years. Mark’s clients have included U.S. Senator Spencer Abraham, Governor John Engler, Vice President Dan Quayle, the Michigan House and Senate Republican Caucuses and dozens of other state and local candidates, committees and causes.

Mark has managed ballot campaigns for the Cultural Coalition of Southeast Michigan and was recruited to become Executive Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area. He’s served on boards of directors for Potter Park Zoo and the Children’s Trust Fund and as Advocacy Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American – MI Chapter.

If Mark’s not in the office or working with a client on location, you’ll most likely find him sitting in the bleachers watching his five kids’ sporting activities, or enjoying family life at home in Williamston, Michigan with his wife Michele, the kids and an assortment of chickens who think they own the damn place.

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Tuesday
Feb012011

Bob LaBrant

Bob will advise clients on political strategy, issue management strategy, and effectively participating in the political process.

LaBrant served the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for 34 years, heading the political and legal programs. He is known nationally for his help in organizing corporate, association and chamber political action committees. In addition, LaBrant has been active in the redistricting process in Michigan over the past four decades.

Throughout his career, LaBrant aggressively pursued campaign finance legislation, Department of State rulings, campaign finance complaints and political litigation. He was behind legislation that leveled the playing field between labor union PACs and corporate PACs.

In 2010, LaBrant successfully led the ballot question committee that opposed Proposal 1—the call for a new constitutional convention, which was defeated.

LaBrant has served on four transition teams: Governor-Elect John Engler (1990); Secretary of State-Elect Candice Miller (1994); Attorney General-Elect Mike Cox (2002); and Secretary of State-Elect Ruth Johnson (2010).

Saturday
Jan292011

Nicole Marble

Nicole is a Sterling account executive, providing service to political, nonprofit and corporate clients. Her experience in event coordination, public relations and fund development make her a great asset to the Sterling team.

Before joining Sterling, Nicole served as Project Coordinator for Children’s Central, a special grant through Michigan State University (MSU). There she focused on the influence of media in regards to children’s advertising. She successfully coordinated an international conference on the ethical treatment of children, the first of its kind, in East Lansing, Michigan. She also managed all media and public relations for the grant, including social media, press releases, interviews and the grant website.

Previously, Nicole was employed with the Children’s Trust Fund. She served as interim Event/Fund Development Coordinator for their annual auction in 2008. Nicole managed all aspects of the auction from coordinating committee meetings to managing volunteers the night of the event. 

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Friday
Jan282011

Ellen Kletzka

Ellen is the Sterling professional who handles logistics and event planning duties for our clients. She also makes sure that all the trains at Sterling run on time. She sweats the details (and makes sure everyone else at Sterling does too!).

Ellen came to Sterling with over twelve years of executive assistant and organizational experience. Ellen spent nine years at Compuware Corporation, serving as executive Secretary to the Vice President of Services, and as an Account Executive for the Compuware Education & Training Department. Ellen's time outside Sterling is consumed by football and baseball played by her three boys.

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Monday
Nov152010

Ally Converse 

Ally Converse is the most recent addition to The Sterling Corporation’s dynamic team.  Ally is a recent graduate of the Central Michigan University’s Integrative Public Relations program.  While attending CMU, Ally was an active member of PRSSA.  She led a fundraising committee and coordinated social media before becoming president her senior year.

Prior to joining The Sterling Corporation, Ally completed two internships with the Insurance Institute of Michigan and Lezotte Miller Inc.

In her spare time you will find Ally playing with her dogs, traveling or rooting on the Chippewas! Fire up Chips!