AMERICAN CONTINENTAL GROUP
Associates, one of the state’s preeminent government relations
firms, announced a strategic alliance with two leading
Washington, D.C., government relations firms – Hill Solutions
and American Continental Group Inc.
combination of experience and expertise creates a heretofore
unattainable level of capabilities for our clients,” said
Rocco Pugliese, principal of Pugliese Associates. “We’re
thrilled and very optimistic about joining forces with Hill
Solutions and American Continental Group.”
strategic alliance provides our clients with powerful
bipartisan advocacy in both the state and federal capitals”
Pugliese said. “It brings a scope and capability that none of
us possessed individually.”
Weinberg of Hill Solutions and David Urban of American
Continental Group, two principals involved in the strategic
alliance, both have extensive experience at the state
government and federal government levels that they can bring
to bear on behalf of the clients of all three firms.
with Pugliese, will be the prime liaisons in the successful
cooperation between the three firms, which will keep their
separate identities and client bases.
worked for major Democratic figures in Pennsylvania government
while Urban is a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Arlen
Specter, R-Phila. They and Pugliese all have proven track
records in successfully working relationships across party
range of issues and the complexity of problems faced by our
This gives us
some real bipartisan firepower,” Weinberg of Hill Solutions
said of the strategic alliance. “We can bring a team with real
horsepower to any fight.”
enable us to bring cross pressures to bear for our clients and
come up with solutions that are bi-partisan and
multi-dimensional, resulting in successful government
relations for all of our clients,” added Urban of the American
Associates and American Continental Group already have several
clients in common, the Housing Authority of the City of
Pittsburgh which has hired the firms to respectively
handle its state and federal government relations and
Multimedia Games. The three firms expect similar
arrangements to be struck.
Associates has a track record of more than two decades of
consulting to its clients, which includes major corporations
such as EDS, Oracle, Dean Foods and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, as
well as several state trade associations and a number of
prominent public entities, such as the University of
Pittsburgh, Temple University Health Systems, the Pennsylvania
Convention Center Authority and the Southeastern Pennsylvania
Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the state’s largest mass
Continental Group was founded in 1994 in Washington, D.C., and
Urban joined it as a managing partner in 2002 after a
five-year stint as chief of staff to veteran U.S. Sen. Arlen
Specter, R-Pa. A native of Beaver County outside Pittsburgh,
Urban is an attorney and a former artillery officer in the
U.S. Army’s prestigious 101st Airborne Division.
Urban’s clients include the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office
which contracted out its national lobbying under the Rendell
administration. He and his firm also represent Sun Oil
Company, Temple University, Drexel University, Independence
Blue Cross and the Delaware River Port Authority.
Solutions was founded in 1999 in the nation’s capital and has
grown rapidly and in many directions. Some of the firm’s
clients include The Disney Corporation, Sun Oil Company, the
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Lincoln Financial
Distributors and LaSalle University. Weinberg, a native
Philadelphian, is one of its founding partners. An
intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves, Weinberg served
for seven years as a senior policy analyst to State Sen.
Vincent J. Fumo, D-Phila, the ranking Democrat on the Senate
Appropriations Committee and for two years on the executive
staff of Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr.
Managing Partner-American Continental Group
David Urban joined the American
Continental Group as a Managing Director in 2002. The range of
experiences and relationships developed throughout his service
in the military, as an attorney in private practice, and as a
chief of staff in the United States Senate provide the
American Continental Group with a unique resource.
Immediately before joining the
American Continental Group, Mr. Urban served for five years as
the Chief of Staff for United States Senator Arlen Specter
(R-PA). Acting as the Senator's senior advisor on legislative,
political, media, and administrative matters in Pennsylvania
and Washington, Mr. Urban was Senator Specter's direct
representative to the Senator's Pennsylvania constituents as
well as other members of Congress, senior executive branch
officials, ambassadors and other official of foreign
governments. Mr. Urban represented Senator Specter as a part
of the Senate Republican leadership and oversaw the Senator's
interests before the Judiciary, Appropriations, Veterans'
Affairs, Environment, and Public Works Committees.
From 1994 through 1997, Mr.
Urban was an attorney in private practice focusing on
litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Urban's experiences
in the law range from complex director and officer corporate
liability matters to multi-million dollar revenue bond
financings for industrial developments. An active member of
the Pennsylvania Bar, Mr. Urban is admitted to practice before
the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United
States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
From 1986 through 1991, Mr.
Urban served as an artillery officer in the United States
Army's 101st Airborne Division headquartered at Fort Campbell,
Kentucky. Illustrative of his distinguished record of
consistently high performance during his time in uniform, Mr.
Urban was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious
achievement while engaged in combat operations against Iraq
during Operation Desert Strom.
Mr. Urban earned a Bachelor of
Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point,
a Master of Government Administration from the University of
Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor from the Temple University
School of Law. Mr. Urban currently serves on the faculty of
the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
at Carnegie Mellon University as an Adjunct Professor.
American Continental Group is
a professional advocacy firm specializing in comprehensive
government relations and public affairs services.
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Continental
Group assists clients in achieving their business objectives
and policy goals. The firm bridges the divide between clients
and government leaders-providing strategic counsel, skillful
government relations, and effective public affairs
representation before decision makers.
associations, and not-for-profit organizations face difficult
legislative and regulatory challenges. First hand experience
with the complexities of state and federal government decision
processes makes the American Continental Group uniquely
qualified to communicate client messages in a strong, clear
voice that is heard by the right people at the right time.
The American Continental
Group's team of advocates works on client assignments-as broad
as helping an organization build elements of their global
strategy and as narrow as providing advice on specific
language for new legislation before the Congress. The
professionals at the American Continental Group have
established strong relationships with opinion leaders and
decision makers across the entire political spectrum. From the
Defense Department to the State Department, from the White
House to Capitol Hill, and from state capitals to
international organizations and media agencies around the
globe, the American Continental Group knows how to communicate
effectively with key decision makers and thought leaders.
American Continental Group's
Advocacy-the presentation and advancement of
client issues before legislators and regulators;
Public Affairs and Strategic Communications-the
planned use of media relations and public communications in
support of government relations objectives;
Corporate Business Development-the facilitation
of opportunities for corporate clients to sell products and
services to the government, participate in new government
initiatives, or navigate the processes necessary for taking
advantage of existing government programs to create value
Eric J. Weinbergemail@example.com
Partner-Hill Solutions, LLC
Eric Weinberg is a
founding partner of Hill Solutions, LLC. With more than 15
years of senior executive service in government, the military,
and politics, he brings extensive experience and strategic
insight to each client engagement.
co-founded Hill Solutions in 1999 after a successful career in
state government. For seven years he served as a senior budget
and policy analyst to the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations
Committee, and in 1997 was appointed to the executive staff of
the Auditor General. In that role, Mr. Weinberg was
responsible for improving operations within the Auditor
General's office and for initiating the department's
transition from compliance- to performance-based auditing.
An active member of his
community, Mr. Weinberg has served as a Big Brother and was a
long-standing board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is
co-founder and chair of Young America PAC, an organization
that seeks to increase young people's awareness about
government and the electoral process. Mr. Weinberg has also
served as campaign manager, director, and senior advisor to
numerous political candidates in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Weinberg earned a bachelor
of arts in political science from Temple University and a
Master of Governmental Administration from the University of
Pennsylvania Fels Center of Government, where he is now an
adjunct professor. He is also an active select reservist and
serves as a naval intelligence officer. Mr. Weinberg is
currently pursuing his doctorate.
Solutions, LLC is a unique
professional services firm offering government relations and
business consulting to for-profit and not-for-profit clients.
Leaders turn to Hill Solutions to improve their organization's
relationship with government, to be more effective in
advocating for sound public policy, and to identify and
capture new revenue-generating opportunities. With decades of
experience in business, government, and elective politics, the
professionals at Hill Solutions possess the expertise, the
judgment, and the relationships needed to design and execute
innovative business and political strategies.
Since inception in late 1999,
Hill Solutions has grown rapidly and in new directions. Our
client list includes an eclectic mix of corporations,
professional service firms, early-stage technology companies,
performing arts groups, colleges and universities, and
public/private partnerships, among others. Individuals who
engage our services are almost exclusively those in leadership
positions-corporate presidents and vice-presidents, CEOs,
directors and other executives-who are seeking to build
stronger, more successful organizations. Despite the diversity
among our clients and the constantly changing face of our
work, the core business principles to which we adhere and that
led to our success remain constant.
Solutions services include:
The genius in lobbying is
deciding where to go, whom to see, and when to make the proper
presentation. Timing, preparation, and relationships are all
critical to success. Herein lies Hill Solutions' strength.
The right to influence
government-to expend one's energy and resources in an attempt
to sway the pendulum-lies at the heart of our democratic
republic. Advocacy is the active expression of that right and
exists in many forms: political speech, public protest, and
media, to name just a few. When executed properly, these are
effective tools for influencing the attitudes and ideas that
ultimately shape public debate. Similarly, the act of lobbying
a legislative decision-maker is nothing more than the active
expression of one's right to influence government, only with a
more direct approach. Effective lobbying combines the desire
to influence with the access to be heard and the ability to
Dealing with an ever-changing
political landscape means cultivating government relationships
based on thorough research and careful planning. Hill
Solutions helps clients develop strategies for staying ahead
of the curve-thereby turning potential challenges into
While lobbying can be an
effective tool for influencing government decision-makers,
there are times when direct advocacy is less important than
information gathering. Successful leaders understand that
important policy issues must be addressed before they reach a
critical stage-that is, before they reach the floor for a
vote. An effective government relations program, which Hill
Solutions defines as an ongoing effort to communicate
effectively with government, meets that challenge.
Marketing to the public sector
requires making a compelling case to the right decision-maker
and supporting it with sound economic analyses and persistent
follow-up. Hill Solutions helps firms navigate the
often-turbulent waters of doing business with government.
At Hill Solutions, we can use
the skills and knowledge we rely on to influence public policy
to help our clients do business with government. Our knowledge
of business and government processes and our extensive network
of relationships enable us to work effectively with businesses
to market their products and services to the public sector.
Hill Solutions, LLC
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