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Our Team

Darrin Schmitz, President


Darrin Schmitz, an 18-year veteran of national- and state-level politics, has the experience and winning record to craft a message that stands out from the pack.

In 2006, Darrin served as the chief strategist and general consultant to the only statewide Republican candidate in the nation to capture a Democrat seat. He has successfully managed and advised gubernatorial, attorney general, Congressional and legislative races.

As the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Republican Party, Darrin directed strategy development and implementation. He crafted voter contact mail programs and communications plans including television and radio production. During his tenure, the Wisconsin GOP enjoyed its largest legislative majority in 50 years.

In 2004, Darrin helped lead the Wisconsin GOP on behalf of President Bush through one of the most closely watched elections in state history. In the crucial Presidential battleground state of Wisconsin, Darrin managed the historic Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign as the Executive Director.

Darrin also served in a variety of leadership roles on behalf of the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history, the Honorable Tommy G. Thompson. As Deputy Campaign Manager and Turnout Director for Thompson's successful 1998 campaign, Darrin oversaw voter turnout efforts and direct mail programs that contributed to Thompson's 20-point victory. In Governor Thompson's office, Darrin applied his experience as a communications professional to the jobs of Communications Director, Press Secretary and Speechwriter.

Bryan Kaegi, Regional President


Bryan Kaegi brings over twenty years of political and fundraising expertise to Persuasion Partners. His experience spans successful campaigns for the US Senate, US House of Representatives, and state constitutional offices.

Bryan's exhaustive political experience includes work with U.S. Senator Bob Corker, U.S. Senator Bill Frist, U.S. Senator Fred Thompson, Governor Don Sundquist, the Tennessee Republican Caucus, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Steve Gill for Congress, Senator Paul Coverdell (GA), Senator Bob Kasten (WI), and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (PA).

From 2005 to 2008, Bryan served as Finance Director for Senator Alexander's successful re-election campaign. Prior to 2005, Bryan served as the state finance director for the Tennessee Republican Party from 2001 to 2004. During that time, Bryan was coordinated the finance operation for Victory, the GOP's Get-Out-The-Vote Effort in Tennessee for the Presidential, federal and state elections. He continues to provide consulting services to U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and to the Tennessee Republican Party.

In 1997, Bryan co-founded Kaegi Resources, a fundraising consulting partnership that serves political, corporate and non-profit clients. Kaegi Resources client list has included the Nashville Chamber Partnership, the Tennessee Titans, and the Nashville Ballet Capital Campaign.

David Fladeboe, Senior Account Executive


David Fladeboe brings to PPI a diverse background and deep experience from several campaigns, non-profits and the Wisconsin Legislature. Most recently, he served as Director for Strategy and Innovation for Americans for Prosperity. Working at the national headquarters in Virginia, he ran the testing program at AFP to determine the best methods for grassroots engagement across the country. Whether it’s voter mail, digital advertising and grassroots engagement, David knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to persuading and motivating voters.

Before moving to Virginia, David served as Wisconsin State Director for AFP. As the head of a grassroots network managing 21 staffers and consisting of more than 135,000 members, he worked to help pass Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage repeal and several tax cuts.

Prior to his work at AFP, David worked in the legislative campaign world across Wisconsin. He helped lead the campaign that led to Senator Dan Kapanke’s victory in the difficult 2008 election cycle and Representative Erik Severson in 2010 that helped Republicans gain back the Majority.

In the Legislature, David worked for Majority Leader Scott Suder as Policy Director. Among the laws passed during this time were Act 10 Collective Bargaining Reform, Concealed Carry, Castle Doctrine and administrative rules reforms.