Pac/West Communications Expands with Creation of Lobby Group and Strategies Companies

WILSONVILLE, Oregon – Pac/West Communications President Paul Phillips is pleased to welcome vice presidents Ryan Tribbett and Mark Truax as partners in the growing enterprise, expanding the firm into three separate operating divisions under the Pac/West banner – Communications, Lobby Group, and Strategies.

While both Tribbett and Truax will be partners at Pac/West Communications, they will have distinct leadership roles within their respective divisions. Tribbett, who currently leads the government affairs and campaign team in Oregon, will be president of and direct the operations of Pac/West Lobby Group, including the Wilsonville and Eastern Oregon office. Truax, who manages the Colorado office and the company’s energy clients, will be president of and direct the operations of Pac/West Strategies. Phillips will continue to oversee Pac/West Communications and offer strategic counsel as the three entities work cooperatively to the meet the needs of an increasingly diversified client base.

“As Pac/West has grown over the years, we have expanded our services to meet the needs of a wide range of clients in a growing geographic area. We’ve brought on staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise to ensure our ability to achieve the outcomes we’re hired to achieve,” said Paul Phillips, who co-founded Pac/West Communications with his wife, Nancy Phillips, in 1997. “We’ve now reached a point where we can provide operational clarity and increased effectiveness by creating three distinct operating entities with independent oversight working together. Over the past decade, Mark and Ryan have proven themselves time and again to have the drive and dedication necessary to thrive in this highly competitive field. This company wouldn’t be what it is today without them, and their continued leadership as partners bodes well for our long-term success.”

About PW Lobby Group

Pac/West Lobby Group is poised as the premiere Oregon-based government affairs firm, boasting decades of experience advocating for diverse clients across the state. With offices in both urban and rural Oregon, the team of professionals includes experts in economic development, media relations, and policy who work together to deliver creative strategies and solutions. Current clients include organized labor, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, nonprofits, education, and local governments.

“Pac/West and its team of professionals have earned a reputation of success for our solution-driven approach to government affairs and communications. I’m confident the Pac/West Lobby Group team we have put together will be able to continue to build coalitions and relationships to deliver results while having access to the full range of expertise from around the larger organization,” said Tribbett. “Pac/West Lobby Group will continue to be effective advocates and deliver long-term solutions for our clients.”

Tribbett has been with Pac/West for 13 years, playing a critical role in the firm’s legislation and campaign success in that time while leading the lobby team through the past six legislative sessions. Tribbett’s coalition-building skills have led to the development of key state programs like Connect Oregon, where millions have been invested in roads, rail, bridges, ports, and more to move business commodities to domestic and global markets. Most recently, Ryan helped clients secure a $10 million capital construction funding allocation for the Southern Oregon Medical Workforce Center, $2 million for the Curry Health Network Brookings Emergency Room, the establishment of a new tax credit for Oregon’s shortline railroads, and passage of both of Oregon’s largest and environmentally friendly transportation packages totaling over $6 billion in transportation project investments.

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About Pac/West Strategies

Pac/West Strategies, based in Denver, will offer research-driven political and public relations expertise to help clients understand and withstand challenges as they work to achieve their goals. Services include development of communications and marketing plans, government affairs strategies, stakeholder relations plans, and educational and issue campaigns.

“Pac/West has been on the cutting edge of strategic campaigns and communications for decades because the firm has invested in the research and relationships to build strategies that endure. We have a staff that understands the political and cultural landscape which allows us to deliver an effective message that drives the conversation,” said Truax. “Pac/West Strategies is an extension of that work and will carry forward the experience and relationships built over years of hard work.”

Truax has worked at Pac/West cumulatively for more than a decade, leading the firm’s growth and expansion with projects in Colorado, Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Wyoming, and Washington DC, to name a few. He has overseen the firm’s largest client – Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development – and was the deputy campaign manager for Protect Colorado’s No on Proposition 112 campaign in 2018. He has expertise in government relations, strategic communications, and campaign management, specifically in business matters, energy, natural resources, and agriculture issues. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Denver Area Council for the Boy Scouts and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Government from Pacific University.

For more information about the mission and team at Pac/West Strategies, visit