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RICH FORSCHLER JOINS RAPP STRATEGIES AS SENIOR COUNSELOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2019

Contact: Todd Rapp
612.843.4543
toddrapp@rappstrategies.com

Rapp Strategies, Inc., a Minneapolis-based public affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, issue management and reputation management, today announced that Richard A. Forschler will join the firm as its Senior Counselor, beginning March 1st.

"For more than thirty years, Rich has played a pivotal role in developing strategies to address many of Minnesota’s most important public affairs challenges," explained Todd Rapp, CEO and President of Rapp Strategies. "I am thrilled he has agreed to join the firm, and excited that he will be sharing his perspective on issues with our clients as well as assisting me with business development strategies."

Starting in 1989, Forschler was a partner at Faegre & Benson LLP and its successor, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, leading its government affairs practice. He represented some of Minnesota’s most high-profile businesses, including IBM, Minnesota Wild, Target, Mortenson Construction and Wells Fargo. He also provided counsel to important civic organizations such as Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis Home Field Advantage, the Ordway Theatre and the Minneapolis Foundation. He retired from the law firm on December 31st.

Forschler also served two terms on the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and three terms on the board of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, serving as chair in 1991. He has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

"For the past thirty years, I have worked with an outstanding team of attorneys and government affairs professionals at Faegre Baker Daniels," said Forschler. "I am looking forward to my new work with an equally outstanding public affairs firm. This is a very different opportunity for me, but I plan to make a quick transition from my long career in lobbying and legal counsel to my new mission to assist Todd, his team and their clients."

"Rich will help Rapp Strategies deliver high-quality strategy to our clients in the areas of complex issue management, strategic communications, assessing risk and protecting reputation assets," Rapp concluded. “Rich has left his lobbying career behind, but he brings tremendous knowledge that will strengthen our senior-level strategic counsel in the core areas of our business."

Rapp Strategies Inc., formerly known as Himle Horner and Himle Rapp, provides strategic counsel and communications services to business, non-profit and government clients. Its mission is to help clients shape understanding, strengthen reputation, manage risk and advance good ideas. More information can be found at rappstrategies.com.

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RAPP STRATEGIES, INC. ANNOUNCES PROMOTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  

Contact: Todd Rapp, CEO
Phone: 612-843-4543

MINNEAPOLIS (September 5, 2018) – Rapp Strategies, Inc. has announced the promotions of Sarah J. Oliver to senior account executive and Anna Paulson to account executive.

Sarah J. Oliver

Sarah J. Oliver

Anna Paulson

Anna Paulson

Sarah Oliver joined the firm in 2015. Oliver’s background includes working as a press assistant on a 2014 U.S. Senate campaign, where she managed digital content and assisted with media relations. During the 2015 session, she worked as a legislative assistant at the Minnesota Senate, where she wrote and developed content and managed constituent communications. Oliver received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul. 

Before joining the firm in 2016, Anna Paulson worked as assistant to bestselling author Julie Klassen of Bethany House Publishers. She helped Klassen edit and develop manuscripts, conduct research, write articles and manage communication with readers. Paulson graduated summa cum laude from Concordia University, St. Paul in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

“Rapp Strategies is proud to recognize the services and leadership that Sarah and Anna provide to clients and we look forward to their continued success,” said Todd Rapp, CEO of Rapp Strategies. “Both Sarah and Anna have been instrumental in shaping communications strategies, successful grassroots campaigns and digital media plans for our clients.”

Founded in 1982, the firm has provided top-tier strategic counsel and communications support to companies, trade groups, non-profits and government agencies in the Upper Midwest for more than 35 years. Last year, Todd Rapp acquired full ownership of the firm after the departure of John Himle. Rebranded as Rapp Strategies, Inc., the firm continues to help clients navigate complicated issues, raise public awareness, strengthen partnerships and manage reputation risks to reach their goals.

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Todd Stone Joins Rapp Strategies as Senior Director

MINNEAPOLIS, May 2, 2018 -- Rapp Strategies, Inc. announced that Todd Stone, a veteran news journalist and former business editor of the Star Tribune, has joined the strategic communications and public affairs firm as its senior director.

Todd Stone has joined Rapp Strategies as its senior director.

Todd Stone has joined Rapp Strategies as its senior director.

As Rapp Strategies (RSI) expands its client services, Stone will provide strategic counsel in the areas of media relations, public affairs, risk management and strategic communications.

"We are thrilled that Todd has become a member of the team at Rapp Strategies," explained Todd Rapp, Chief Executive Officer. "His background as a journalist, editor and team leader will offer clients outstanding value as we help them shape understanding and manage their issue and reputation challenges."

Stone recently returned to Minnesota after working almost three years in Texas as a senior leader at the Houston Chronicle, where he helped lead new content and product initiatives for its digital and print operations. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Star Tribune's business editor, directing news coverage of the Twin Cities' most celebrated companies, major developments, business innovations and trends.

Stone has worked as an editor, department head and writing coach for several major newspapers, including the Denver Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He earned his BA in journalism and MBA at Texas A&M University.

Stone said he was deeply intrigued by RSI's mission to help clients solve problems and leverage new opportunities through creative thinking and building relationships. "The staff is energetic, smart and focuses on client needs over firm rewards," Stone said. "Rapp Strategies' strategic focus and commitment to service feel like the perfect fit for me."

Founded in 1982, the firm has provided top-tier strategic counsel and communications support to companies, trade groups, non-profits and government agencies in the Upper Midwest for more than 35 years. Last year, Rapp acquired 100 percent ownership of the firm from John Himle. Rebranded as Rapp Strategies, Inc., the firm continues to help clients navigate complicated issues, raise public awareness, strengthen partnerships and manage reputation risks to reach their goals.

Rapp joined the firm in 2001 after serving in a number of senior public affairs positions, including executive director to former Minnesota House Speaker Phil Carruthers and director of Minnesota Public Affairs for Xcel Energy. He became a partner in the firm in 2008, when the firm was named Himle Horner.

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