Bravo Group launches presence in Texas

Bravo Group, one of the largest independent advocacy and communications firms based in Pennsylvania, announced today that it intends to expand its presence into Texas to better serve its clients, particularly those in the energy industry.

“For energy companies based in Texas that need advocacy and public relations representation, Bravo Group is the clear choice,” said Chris Bravacos, Chief Executive Officer of Bravo Group.

Bravo Group is strategically positioned in two of the largest natural gas basins in the US - the Marcellus and Utica shale basins. The firm’s energy clients include Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners, Cabot Oil and Gas, NRG, Southwestern Energy (SWN), Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), UGI Energy Services (UGIES), Environmental Quality Company (EQ) and DOW Chemical. Bravo Group has handled advocacy and public relations for significant pipeline infrastructure projects completed and being constructed in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

Bravo Group also manages the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council (PCIC), a trade and advocacy group that includes more than 40 chemical companies that support the completion of new infrastructure to connect natural gas production to both new and existing markets.

David Webster, president of Dallas-based Aberdeen Strategies, will serve as Senior Advisor to Bravo Group, providing high-level strategic counsel and expertise.

“Bravo Group represents the energy industry across the entire spectrum, from exploration and production companies to midstream and end users,” said Topper Ray, president of communications for Bravo Group, which has offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Philadelphia. “Having a Texas presence is a natural next step for our firm, and we are pleased to be taking that step with David Webster.”

Adam Pope, leader of Bravo Group’s Pittsburgh office energy practice, said, “David Webster brings a comprehensive understanding of the specific challenges and hurdles that energy companies face. These are complicated regulatory and political dynamics, and our team looks forward to working with David to provide solutions for our clients.”

Webster brings more than 30 years of experience as a senior communications professional who has advised CEOs and senior leadership in mergers and acquisitions, reputation management, building performance cultures, managing transformational change, proactive public relations, crisis management, and investor and government relations.

“I'm ready to help Bravo Group establish the firm’s presence in Texas,” said Webster. “Bravo’s team has a proven track record of results for energy companies and has been working in two of the largest natural gas producing fields in the nation. They have the talent that allows them to generate support, move quickly and communicate clearly in the most difficult regulatory, political and marketplace environments.”

Webster also will continue to run his communications consulting firm, Aberdeen Strategies, while serving in this advisory role to Bravo Group and its clients. Before founding Aberdeen Strategies, David served as chief communications officer and head of public affairs for Sunoco, Inc., leading the iconic energy company’s public affairs and communications outreach efforts as it restructured and ultimately was acquired in 2012.

Adapted from press release by Hannah Priestley-Eaton

Published on 12/02/2015

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