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Election Update Interview with Public Matters

Published on 11/10/2020

In the aftermath of the 2020 Presidential Election, Bob Van Heuvelen looks to the new presidency and what it means for public affairs professionals in- and outside Washington. And of course, you can’t look ahead without looking back on four years of Donald Trump and his impact on the public affairs profession in the U.S. Van Heuvelen Strategies Associates Bobby Cunningham and Sam Yntema also joined the conversation.

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Strategic Partnership with Public Matters

Published on 09/16/2020

“Public Matters, based in The Hague, and VH Strategies today announced a strategic partnership that will enhance the ability of both firms to provide valuable transatlantic services to their clients during this time of economic and political uncertainty.

“Public Matters is well known, highly respected, and very effective in both The Hague and Brussels,” said VH Strategies Founder and CEO Bob Van Heuvelen. “By partnering with Public Matters, we will be able to offer our clients high quality services in the U.S. and the E.U.

“Our clients are facing new concerns and increased business uncertainty brought on by trade policies, national elections in both the US and the Netherlands, and the pandemic. Partnering with VH Strategies, a highly regarded firm whose Principals have decades of experience in Washington D.C., will benefit the clients of both firms. Together our strategic advocacy will help clients find opportunities, overcome challenges, and get results. With offices in Brussels and The Hague, Public Matters has the knowledge and experience to do this in Europe. With this strategic partnership with VH Strategies, we will be able to assist them in the United States as well,” said Peter van Keulen.

Founded in 2001 by Peter van Keulen, Public Matters is the leading public affairs & lobby consultancy in the Netherlands supporting organizations that seek to influence policy and engage in strategic communications in the Netherlands, at the EU level and in other EU member states.

Strategic Partnership with Vulcan Consulting

Published on 05/26/2020

“Vulcan Consutling, based in Brussels, and VH Strategies today announced the forging of a strategic partnership between their two operations that will allow the firms to provide comprehensive transatlantic services to their clients. Industries and organizations with transatlantic business interests will be serviced by trusted partners with a proven track record of excellence and expertise.

“Lucinda Creighton and her colleagues at Vulcan have remarkable reputations for effectiveness and integrity. Best of all, they are a reputable firm with a proven track record of accomplishment. With the challenges of the pandemic upon us, we look forward to helping our clients recognize opportunities and meet the challenges they face,” said VH Strategies Founder and CEO Bob Van Heuvelen. 

“Our clients across the board are facing disruption and uncertainty. Above all we intend to guide them and find solutions. We have the knowledge and experience to do this in Europe and now, through this exciting partnership, we will be able to assist them in the United States too,” said Vulcan Founder and CEO Lucinda Creighton. 

“Lucinda Creighton, the founder and CEO of Vulcan, is a prominent political analyst in Dublin and Brussels. Having served as an MP in the Irish Parliament, she also served as Government Minister for European Affairs and Vice President of the European People’s Party – the largest pan European political party. Her reputation and effectiveness are enormous strengths going forward.” 

Waging Peace

Published on 04/28/2020 via Macalester College

The story of Mel Duncan (Macalester College ’72) and Bob Van Heuvelen (Macalester College ’72) starts on Dupre 4, then spans from Capitol Hill to South Sudan—and back to St. Paul…And three years after their Reunion reconnection, Duncan and Van Heuvelen stand behind those unarmed protectors, striving to build more support for that culture of peace.

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2019 Top-Performing Lobbying Firms

Published on 12/28/2019 via Bloomberg Government

Each year, Bloomberg Government identifies top-performing firms by examining critical business performance metrics including growth in revenue, average revenue per client, high short- and long-term customer retention rates, and exceptional revenue per registered lobbyist, and more. For 2019, 43 organizations were identified as standout firms based on their performance in these areas. Ranking as the firm with the 8th highest year-over-year revenue growth, VH Strategies is proud to be recognized as a standout firm by Bloomberg Government.

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The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2019

Published on 12/12/2019 via The Hill

“In a busy and testing year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively on behalf of their clients… The ranks of Washington’s policy experts and influencers run deep, but these are the players who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration.”

Since founding VH Strategies in 2007, Bob has routinely appeared on The Hill’s annual Top Lobbyist list.

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‘Crumbling’ Schools Spur Democrats to Renew Infrastructure Push

Published on 1/23/2019 via Bloomberg Government

“Republicans also will be looking for ways to compromise with Democrats in a divided government, said Bob Van Heuvelen, who has lobbied on school infrastructure with VH Strategies. “I’m not a Pollyanna but I would not be out of bounds to speculate that there will be some Republican support in the House and the Senate for doing something,” he said.”

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Even in tough times, K Streeters know where to find business

Published on 2/28/2013 via the Washington Post

“So what’s a lobbyist to do in 2013 in pursuit of a few bucks? Concentrate on highly focused legislation of extreme importance to particular clients. “It’s sort of anomalous because a lot of people think it’s all gridlock, but government has to function, and there are rifle-shot changes that can be done,” says VH Strategies’ Bob Van Heuvelen, who spent 10 years as chief of staff for former Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).”

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Veteran Dem staffers head for exit

Published on 08/16/2011 via Politico

“New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman’s former chief Ward said he left largely because the New Mexico Democrat is leaving at the end of his term. “Were Jeff running for reelection, I would have stayed, and probably well into his next term,” Ward wrote in an email, noting that he jumped at the chance to join Van Heuvelen. “With Jeff’s retirement announcement, I began to look around as well as be contacted about a number of opportunities,” Ward wrote. “I would have liked to stay with Jeff closer to the end of this Congress, but this great opportunity is available now. That’s the key element of timing.”

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Strategic Partnership with Vulcan Consulting

Published on 05/26/2020

“Brussels firm and Washington DC based firm today announced the forging of a strategic partnership between their two operations that will allow the firms to provide comprehensive transatlantic services to their clients. Industries and organizations with transatlantic business interests will be serviced by trusted partners with a proven track record of excellence and expertise.”

Please CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

Waging Peace

Published on 04/28/2020 Macalester College

The story of Mel Duncan (Macalester College ’72) and Bob Van Heuvelen (Macalester College ’72) starts on Dupre 4, then spans from Capitol Hill to South Sudan—and back to St. Paul…And three years after their Reunion reconnection, Duncan and Van Heuvelen stand behind those unarmed protectors, striving to build more support for that culture of peace.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.

2019 Top-Performing Lobbying Firms

Published on 12/28/2019 via Bloomberg Government

Each year, Bloomberg Government identifies top-performing firms by examining critical business performance metrics including growth in revenue, average revenue per client, high short- and long-term customer retention rates, and exceptional revenue per registered lobbyist, and more. For 2019, 43 organizations were identified as standout firms based on their performance in these areas. Ranking as the firm with the 8th highest year-over-year revenue growth, VH Strategies is proud to be recognized as a standout firm by Bloomberg Government.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.

The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2019

Published on 12/12/2019 via The Hill

“In a busy and testing year for the influence world, these are the people who wielded their clout and knowledge most effectively on behalf of their clients… The ranks of Washington’s policy experts and influencers run deep, but these are the players who stand out for delivering results for their clients in the halls of Congress and the administration.”

Since founding VH Strategies in 2007, Bob has routinely appeared on The Hill’s annual Top Lobbyist list.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.

‘Crumbling’ Schools Spur Democrats to Renew Infrastructure Push

Published on 1/23/2019 via Bloomberg Government

“Republicans also will be looking for ways to compromise with Democrats in a divided government, said Bob Van Heuvelen, who has lobbied on school infrastructure with VH Strategies. “I’m not a Pollyanna but I would not be out of bounds to speculate that there will be some Republican support in the House and the Senate for doing something,” he said.”

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Even in tough times, K Streeters know where to find business

Published on 2/28/2013 via the Washington Post

“So what’s a lobbyist to do in 2013 in pursuit of a few bucks? Concentrate on highly focused legislation of extreme importance to particular clients. “It’s sort of anomalous because a lot of people think it’s all gridlock, but government has to function, and there are rifle-shot changes that can be done,” says VH Strategies’ Bob Van Heuvelen, who spent 10 years as chief of staff for former Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).”

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Veteran Dem staffers head for exit

Published on 08/16/2011 via Politico

“New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman’s former chief Ward said he left largely because the New Mexico Democrat is leaving at the end of his term. “Were Jeff running for reelection, I would have stayed, and probably well into his next term,” Ward wrote in an email, noting that he jumped at the chance to join Van Heuvelen. “With Jeff’s retirement announcement, I began to look around as well as be contacted about a number of opportunities,” Ward wrote. “I would have liked to stay with Jeff closer to the end of this Congress, but this great opportunity is available now. That’s the key element of timing.”

Please CLICK HERE to read the full article.