We’re proud to announce that HighGround’s own Paul Bentz was named a “40 Under 40” Award winner from the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC).
“I am very honored to receive this recognition from such a respected organization and be counted among such an accomplished group of professionals,” said Paul Bentz, Vice President, Accounts and Strategy. “I want to thank everyone at HighGround for making this possible” “everything we make happen is because of the team, the team, the team. I want to especially thank Chuck Coughlin for being such an amazing leader and mentor.”
“This is a major honor,” noted AAPC President Art Hackney. “The AAPC is proud to recognize leaders and innovators such as Paul Bentz who have already positively impacted our industry before their 40th birthday. It was amazing to see the large number of nominations for this new recognition; all of them worthy, and all of them the future of our industry.”
The AAPC announced the winners of the first-ever “40 Under 40” awards at the 2015 Annual Pollie Awards & Conference on March 18 in New Orleans, LA.Â The Pollie Awards (Pollies) are bipartisan honors awarded annually by the AAPC to members of the political advertising and communications industry who have demonstrated superior work on behalf of their candidates and causes. Esquire magazine has dubbed the Pollies as “the Oscars of political advertising.”
AAPC Vice President Mark Mellman also noted: “Competition for the inaugural ‘40 Under 40’ list was intense. Our bipartisan team of judges reviewed the resumes of many very accomplished pollsters, advertising executives, researchers, campaign managers, and digital strategists from across the political spectrum.&rdquo
Only 15 Republicans, 15 Democrats, and 10 nonpartisan operatives in the United States were named to this exclusive ‘40 Under 40’ winners list. Award winners were graded on a 40-point scale and selected for extraordinary achievements in politics and public affairs. Contributions to the health of the political business community through volunteer work and other forms of philanthropy were also considered.
Click here to view the full list of 2015 ‘40 under 40’ winners.
About Paul Bentz
Paul Bentz has more than a decade of experience in strategy, messaging, and campaign management.Â During his time with the HighGround team, he has been at the point of a wide variety of major public policy and campaign issues. He also specializes in public opinion surveys and understanding the Arizona electorate. Read full bio.
About the AAPC
Founded in 1969, the AAPC is a multi-partisan organization of political and public affairs professionals dedicated to improving democracy. The AAPC has over 1,250 members hailing from all corners of the globe. It is the largest association of political and public affairs professionals in the world. For more information, see www.theaapc.org.