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ALYSSA SCHLANDER JOINS RAPP STRATEGIES AS VICE PRESIDENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
toddrapp@rappstrategies.com

Contact:  Todd Rapp
612-843-4543

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MINNEAPOLIS, April 8, 2019 — Rapp Strategies, Inc., a Minneapolis-based public affairs firm specializing in strategic communications, issue management and reputation management, today announced that Alyssa Schlander will join the firm as its Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel, beginning April 29.

“Rapp Strategies is very fortunate to add a senior leader with the talent and experience that Alyssa brings,” said Todd Rapp, CEO and President of Rapp Strategies. “Alyssa has served in government, advocated on behalf of a major state trade association and successfully led significant strategic initiatives for a Minnesota Fortune 500 company.  Her vast background in public affairs makes her a great fit for our team and our mission.”

Most recently, Schlander led state and federal government affairs for Securian Financial in St. Paul. During that time, she also led the group insurance legal team and chaired the company’s million-dollar fundraising campaign for the Greater Twin Cities United Way.  Prior to her work at Securian Financial, Schlander led government affairs and external communications for the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, and began her public affairs work as a Committee Administrator in the Minnesota Senate.

Alyssa is a past president of the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, a member of the board of the Minnesota Insurance and Financial Services Council, and a Junior Achievement volunteer. Alyssa received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, her undergraduate degree from the College of St. Benedict and is a graduate of Nashwauk-Keewatin High School on Minnesota’s Iron Range.

"Alyssa will join our senior leadership team and counsel clients in the areas of complex issue management, strategic communications, assessing risk and protecting reputation assets," Rapp said. “In the past year, the firm has added three dynamic leaders in Todd Stone, Rich Forschler and Alyssa Schlander. Rapp Strategies is uniquely positioned to provide clients with high-level senior service as they tackle their ongoing business opportunities and challenges.” 

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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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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