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We have prepared Congressional testimony … lectures and commencement addresses at America’s top universities … speeches before the United Nations … radio and television addresses to the nation … presentations at business conferences … and remarks at major public policy institutions.

We have written for the most powerful individuals in the world – from the West Wing to Wall Street.

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PRINCIPALS

Marc A. Thiessen
Marc Thiessen is one of the country’s top speechwriting and communications strategists. His career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the West Wing, where he served as Chief Speechwriter to President George W. Bush, and a member of the White House Senior Staff.

Marc is a New York Times bestselling author,

a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, and the co-founder of Oval Office Writers LLC, which provides speechwriting services and training to leading charities, hedge funds, foreign embassies, businesses and consulting firms.

At the White House, Marc was the lead writer on the 2007 and 2008 State of the Union addresses, and worked closely with President Bush on hundreds of speeches – including remarks for his 2004 presidential campaign and televised addresses from the Oval Office. Over five years at the White House, Marc helped the President craft his public arguments on issues ranging from defense and national security, to energy, health care, taxes, trade, and economic policy.

Before coming to the White House, Marc served as Chief Speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2004. He crafted all of Rumsfeld’s major speeches during his first three years in office, including Congressional testimony making the case for military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, statements at press briefings during major combat operations, major policy addresses, and defense budget presentations before Congress – explaining complex budget decisions, and persuading Congress to support increased defense investments.

Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Marc spent more than six years on Capitol Hill as spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms (R-NC) from 1995-2001. Marc was also press secretary for the 1994 Huffington for Senate campaign in California. He worked for former Congressman Vin Weber (R-MN) at the think tank Empower America, and spent his first five years in Washington at Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly (Burson Marsteller), the public affairs firm headed by Republican strategist Charlie Black.



Marc is currently a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He appears every Sunday on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” as well as other Fox programs, and makes frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, NPR, and other news outlets. He is a graduate of Vassar College, and completed additional post-graduate studies at the Naval War College. Marc lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, who works on Capitol Hill as legislative director for Sen. Rob Portman. They have four children.

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Peter Schweizer
Peter Schweizer is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, including both New York Times and Washington Post bestsellers. Three of his books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His works have been translated into 11 languages. He is currently a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and served as a consultant to the White House Office of Presidential Speechwriting from 2008-2009.

Peter’s books include Do as I Say (Not As I Do) (Doubleday), which spent eight weeks on the bestsellers list and was hailed by The Economist as one of the top ten selling political books on the planet in November 2005. His other books include Makers and Takers, Reagan’s War, and The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty, all published by Doubleday. The New York Times declared that The Bushes was “the best” of the books on the family, and Reagan’s War was called “profound and compulsive reading” by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His other books include The Next War (co-authored with former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger) and Victory (Atlantic Monthly Press). He is also the co-editor of Landmark Speeches of the American Conservative Movement (Texas A&M University Press.)

In addition to his non-fiction work, Peter is the co-author (with Caspar Weinberger) of the thriller Chain of Command (Simon and Schuster). Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called it a “debut political thriller crackling with a chilling authenticity and riveting dirty dealing.”

Along with the printed word, Peter has produced two documentary films. He was executive producer of In the Face of Evil, an epic documentary based on his book Reagan’s War. The New York Post declared it “the must-see movie of the season…disturbing and deeply moving.” The film is a winner of the 2004 Liberty Film Festival. Do as I Say is also the subject of a documentary currently in production.

Peter has written or co-written more than one hundred articles which have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, National Review, Foreign Affairs, Canada’s National Post, Great Britain’s Daily Mail.

Peter is a former consultant to NBC News, where one of his stories won the Overseas Press Award for Investigative Journalism. He also served as a member of the Ultraterrorism Study Group at the U.S. government’s Sandia National Laboratory. He has appeared on dozens of television programs include ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, French national television, and the BBC.

Peter received his M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University and his B.A. from George Washington University. He lives in Florida with his wife Rochelle, also an author, and their two children.

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SENIOR STRATEGISTS

Jonathan Horn
During his career as a speechwriter and public affairs expert, Jonathan Horn has advised leaders at the highest levels of government and the private sector. Most notably, he served as a speechwriter and special assistant for President George W. Bush. At the White House, Jonathan wrote major addresses on domestic and foreign policy issues, including the war on terror, the economy, energy, education and immigration. He was a writer on the team that crafted the 2008 State of the Union and the nationally televised prime-time address on the financial crisis.

After the Bush administration ended, Jonathan served as Director of Public Affairs at The McGraw-Hill Companies, a global leader in financial services and education. He advised the CEO and other senior executives on communications in the wake of the financial crisis as the company’s credit rating arm, Standard & Poor’s, navigated a changing regulatory landscape. He also drafted the chairman’s annual shareholder letter, speeches and op-eds in leading newspapers around the world.

Earlier in his career, Jonathan served as a speechwriter for U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Jonathan’s commentary has appeared in publications including The Weekly Standard and The Daily. He earned his B.A. with distinction in English at Yale University. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Caroline.

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Wynton Hall

Wynton Hall has been labeled a “star” of executive communication and “the wizard of words” by the president of the National Speakers Association. His published work has appeared in virtually every major periodical in America, including: the New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, International Herald Tribune, The Examiner, Toronto Globe and Mail, National Review Online, NewsMax Magazine, Human Events, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Business Research Yearbook, RealClearPolitics, Leadership Excellence Magazine, Townhall Magazine, Politico, and others.

Hall is a frequent guest on numerous national television and radio programs, including: “FOX & Friends,” Bill O'Reilly's "The Radio Factor," "The Michael Reagan Show," the "700 Club," and C-SPAN2's Book TV program, and was a featured commentator for the BBC News presidential documentary, “President Hollywood.”

Hall has ghostwritten 16 books and is the author or coauthor of four books of his own. In 2007, Wynton Hall published, The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches that Shaped History.

In 2006, Hall and President Reagan's Secretary of Defense and the former chairman of Forbes, Caspar Weinberger, published Home of the Brave. In 2004, Hall was tapped by President Ronald Reagan’s chief communications strategist and pollster, Dick Wirthlin, to co-write The Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me about Politics, Leadership, and Life.  The book became a bestseller on the day of its release.

A highly sought after speechwriter and communications strategist, Wynton Hall client list reads like a "Who's Who" of leaders in myriad fields, including:  NBA stars, White House presidential officials, Hollywood producers and movie stars, Fortune 500 CEOs, college presidents, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks, NCAA Hall of Fame coaches, top international motivational speakers, TV celebrities, military heroes, and fashion models.

Hall is a frequent deliverer of major keynote addresses to corporations and institutions interested in high-stakes strategic communication and marketing. In 2008, Hall delivered the keynote address for the Dow Jones Venture One Summit. His keynote addresses have also appeared on C-SPAN2 Book TV and range from corporate audiences to college campuses, such as Stanford University, George Washington University, and the University of Georgia.

He is a recipient of the Texas A&M University Distinguished Research Award. He is also a past member of the eight-person National Task Force on the Presidency and Public Opinion, which is comprised of some of the nation's top presidential scholars.

Hall was previously an intern for United States Senator Connie Mack and also worked in the Florida State Senate.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in political campaigning, speechwriting, communications, and presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University, East Tennessee State University, and Bainbridge College. He is the founder of Wynton Hall & Co., a celebrity ghostwriting agency responsible for numerous New York Times bestselling books. Hall is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Hall holds a M.A. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Public Affairs. He received his B.A in Political Science from the University of Florida.

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