Colleen Callahan is eager to announce a new opportunity to be a trusted advisor to Mercury - a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm.
“As I return to my consultancy, I could not be prouder to have the opportunity to work with my cousin, Cheri (Callahan) Bustos and her son, Nick at Mercury Public Affairs. As Mercury expands into Illinois and focuses on agricultural issues, I’m looking forward to sharing my insights based on my ag and communications background and my leadership responsibilities at USDA Rural Development and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.”
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Mercury is strengthening its Agriculture practice bringing on new hires with an extensive network in agriculture industry.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 10, 2023) – Mercury, a leading global, bipartisan public strategy firm, will leverage its new Illinois hires to deepen its expertise in the agricultural industry and in the Midwest. The team, spearheaded by former Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, an Illinois native and fervent ally of rural communities, is well equipped to leverage a strong network with decades of experience, serving the constituencies of farming communities and the agricultural industry.
During her decade in Congress, Bustos served on the House Agriculture Committee for the duration of her tenure, and she Chaired the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee. “Agriculture is the biggest economic driver in my home state of Illinois and is key to the success of the Midwest,” Bustos said. “My team and I at Mercury want to help build on that with our agricultural and rural business partners. We are built to help those we serve succeed.”
Mercury recently expanded its Illinois team with the addition of Nick Bustos and Michael Morthland, two leading names in Illinois politics and policy. Both come with a strong background in state government and politics, and both are lifelong Illinois residents. They join Mercury with an extensive network throughout the region and a firm understanding of Midwestern values and politics.
Nick Bustos joined Mercury with strong ties to the agricultural manufacturing industry, where he served as a Vice President of Marketing. Overseeing all marketing, communication and reputation management, he brings a proven track record of leveraging out-of-the box, multi-channel marketing strategies to deliver revenue growth and elevate companies’ profiles and overall success.
Mercury-Illinois is advised by Colleen Callahan, who served in Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s cabinet as Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She also served in the Obama Administration as the Illinois Director of Rural Development in the U.S. Department of Agiculture. Callahan, a lifelong family farmer, was an agriculture broadcaster on television and radio for decades.
And Mercury is also served by Michael Morthland, a Decatur, Ill., native, who brings his vast knowledge and background in the Illinois State Government regulatory space to the practice. He is a lawyer and comes from a long line of Illinois judges.
Together, Mercury’s Illinois team complements the firms’ best-in-class public affairs capabilities with deep knowledge of politics, agriculture and business.
Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm. The firm provides a comprehensive suite of services that includes federal government relations, international affairs, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a bipartisan grassroots mobilization network in all 50 states. The firm has 130+ professionals in 20 American offices. Mercury is a part of the Omnicom Public Relations Group.
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