BEAST Digital CEO Ryan Cassin has been named a 2014 ‘Rising Star’ by Campaigns & Elections, one of ten Republican, ten Democrat and five non-partisan/independent consultants to receive the honor this year. The annual award recognizes individuals under 40-years of age from both the Republican and Democrat whose leadership and innovation in the previous election cycle earned them distinction.
“For all the progress we’ve made in digital campaigns, our industry is still young, still growing, and still proving itself every step of the way,” said Cassin. “My deep thanks to everyone at Campaigns and Elections for recognizing the contributions of the digital honorees they selected, Republican and Democrat alike – and my congratulations to the entire Rising Star Class of 2014.”
In 2013, Cassin led the digital campaign for the successful Dewey Bartlett for Mayor race in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and managed the landmark digital effort for U.S. Sen. Deb Fisher’s (R-NE) underdog victory in 2012. Previously, Cassin led the campaign committee which re-elected the first Republican legislative majority in Oklahoma since Reconstruction, and created the grassroots digital juggernaut which generated more than 125,000 new online campaign contacts for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe in less than two months.
First published in 1980, Campaigns & Elections has become America’s premier journal of the “tools, tactics and techniques of political consulting.” Since 1988, the Rising Star awards have become a much-anticipated annual event in Washington. Many of today’s most widely-respected consultants and managers are themselves Rising Star alumni: David Axelrod, James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, Craig Shirley, Frank Luntz, and many more. Ryan Cassin and the other 2014 Rising Star recipients will be honored at the annual Campaigns & Elections Art of Political Campaigning conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 16.
“Since 1988, Campaigns & Elections has recognized the up-and-comers of the campaign world with its coveted Rising Star award,” according to the company in its official announcement. “Over the years, Rising Star recipients have climbed to the heights of politics, launching dozens of successful consulting firms and guiding hundreds of successful state and federal campaigns.”
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