Brian Hicks is President & CEO of Hicks Partners, LLC, a multidisciplinary business consulting firm providing government affairs, public relations, economic development and grant writing services. Since forming the company in 2003, Hicks has developed and executed strategies to help hundreds of clients – large and small – achieve their public policy goals.
Tony Brigano offers considerable government relations experience and acumen, with particular expertise in legislative issues regarding budget, education, utility and energy matters. This experience, coupled with his excellent relationships with members of the Ohio House and Senate, makes Brigano an effective liaison in representing clients’ needs and issues before the Ohio General Assembly.
Keith Conroy adds a wealth of economic development experience to the Hicks Partners team. He was responsible for many of the state’s economic development projects and successfully drew funds and companies to the state. With 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, locally and internationally, Conroy expertly assists clients through the economic development process securing tax credits, loans and grants.
Zach Holzapfel is an accomplished government relations professional with an over 20-year career spanning work both with public and private sector organizations. He understands complicated policy issues and their impact as well as the ins and outs of all levels of government offering clients effective advocacy.
Erik Mikkelson focuses his legal knowledge and extensive experience in the executive and legislative branches of government as a Director for State Government Relations for Hicks Partners. He effectively addresses clients’ needs, develops strategies, and represents these matters before the Office of the Governor, cabinet agencies, members of Congress, Ohio General Assembly, and local government entities.
Ian Nickey has a deep background and expertise with the intersection of government, business and media. With his experience working on a wide variety of public policy initiatives within agencies and before the General Assembly, enhanced by his understanding of economic development issues and media strategies, Nickey successfully offers a unique blend of services to Hicks Partners’ clients.
Eric Vinyard supports a broad range of services to accomplish our clients’ goals as Manager of Government Affairs and Public Relations at Hicks Partners. As a registered lobbyist, he works directly with lawmakers to affect change and inform state leaders of client priorities and positions, while also supporting public relation campaigns. Prior to joining Hicks Partners, Vinyard worked for AARP and in Washington, D.C. for the National Academy of Public Affairs.