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.


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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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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Bob LaBrant

Bob advises 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).


Holly Tatman

Holly focuses on client fundraising, event management and issue advocacy here at Sterling. She has numerous years of experience in both the nonprofit and political arenas.

During Holly’s time working in state government she worked closely with elected officials on fundraising for individuals and the caucus. She also spent a great deal of time working on policy and appropriation issues within the Senate. Holly’s well-rounded experience and proven success with fundraising around Michigan brings a strong addition to the team. 

Holly is a graduate of Central Michigan University with an Undergraduate degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. 

In Holly’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs, family and friends. She enjoys traveling to beautiful tropical destinations but loves to spend as much time up north enjoying Michigan’s beautiful landscapes and beaches. 


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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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