The Hatcliffe Group partners with a team of experts who all bring deep expertise and strong track records in their own areas of reputation and issues management. These include specialists on creating compelling and powerful content, the rapidly evolving world of digital and social media, and stakeholder engagements in the public affairs arena.
Content & Strategy
Andrew Baker founded Clovis in 2002 as a communications agency focused on professional services. Clients have included firms in accounting, consulting, engineering, information technology, hedge fund investing, law, private equity and venture capital, and real estate. Clovis has been retained for a full range of business and communications-related projects, from integrated marketing planning, business and program development, and brand development—including visual identity and creative—to content strategy and thought leadership development, messaging platform development, and media relations.
Sharply attuned to the needs of clients with complex value propositions, Baker offers more than 20 years’ experience in management consulting and communications. He has proven leadership capability along with strategic and creative skills and unimpeachable writing and editing expertise. Prior to establishing Clovis, Baker was Manager of Creative Communications for Andersen Worldwide, where he collaborated with Mike Hatcliffe on a range of initiatives. Before that, he managed marketing communications for Arthur Andersen’s Chicago office, the firm’s largest.
Baker earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in the School of Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and his A.B. with honors at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.
Public Affairs & Stakeholder Engagement
Jim Prescott develops and manages successful public affairs programs that require strategic communication, stakeholder engagement and government advocacy. His approach consistently helps clients earn support for their initiatives, gain regulatory approvals, protect and strengthen reputations, and elevate awareness of accomplishments to help them reach objectives.
During his career, Jim has managed integrated public affairs programs that included on-the- ground stakeholder engagement, strategic communication and government advocacy in several states for multi-billion-dollar projects in energy and transportation, among other industry categories. On an international platform, Jim developed a global communication program for the leading research conference on Alzheimer’s disease, which was held in Stockholm and where he provided on-site program management. He also has managed crisis communication for clients in the United States, Europe and Australia.
Prior to opening Prescott Group LLC in 2003, Jim was with public affairs and advertising firms in Chicago. He began his career in public affairs as Assistant Press Secretary and Chicago Press Secretary to former Gov. James R. Thompson.
Digital & Online
Marty has extensive experience in technology and marketing helping global and local brands alike. Since 2009, he has run Get Talked About (GTA), a Chicago integrated marketing company. Originally a digital word of mouth marketing agency, GTA quickly morphed into a business that incorporates traditional and digital/social media into most of its programs. By using traditional, social, digital and web properties, GTA is focused on getting companies integrated, found and talked about to generate measurable value, leads, and sales.
As the adult in the room, especially as it relates to social media and online reputation management, Marty uses content, engagement and conversation to manage reputation and encourage positive word of mouth. By using traditional media, SEO/SEM/SMM, social engagement, and marketing automation to capture leads, prospect and client data, GTA helps create strategies focused on filling the sales and marketing funnels which are the essence of building and expanding business while helping maintain online reputations.
Gary has led and executed strategic internal communications plans and campaigns that help organizations achieve their goals and manage change while keeping employees engaged and inspired. Specialties include M&A, change management, labor relations, internal rebranding and repositioning, executive communications and internal publications.
Prior to launching his strategic communications consultancy, Gary led corporate communications departments for large organizations. He served as vice president of corporate communications for Fortune Brands Home & Security, the parent company of Moen, Master Lock and other familiar consumer brands. Prior to joining FBHS, Gary spent 11 years at CDW, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare. At CDW, he was responsible for corporate PR, marketing PR, internal communications and community relations. He also served as director of corporate public relations for Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Previously, Gary held a variety of public relations positions, including a post in the Department of University Relations at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. In addition, he is a former Emmy-nominated broadcast journalist.
Gary is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association of senior communications leaders. He serves on the communications committee of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and as the public address announcer for Northwestern University football and men’s basketball.
Gary holds a bachelor of science in journalism degree from the Medill School at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.