Top Emanuel Political Aide Joins Award Winning Public Relations/Public Affairs Firm

  Top Emanuel Political Aide Joins Award Winning Public Relations/Public
  Affairs Firm

         Tom Bowen to Serve as Senior Advisor to Mac Strategies Group

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- January 11, 2013

Mac Strategies Group, a fifteen-time award winning strategic communications
and public affairs firm with offices in Chicago and Springfield, is pleased to
announce the addition of Tom Bowen as Senior Advisor. Bowen previously served
as Executive Director of The Chicago Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political
action committee, and deputy campaign manager for his 2011 successful bid to
become Chicago’s first new mayor in 22-years. Bowen will bolster the firm’s
strategic communications and public affairs practice lending his expertise to
clients on issue advocacy management, coalition development and grassroots
campaign execution.

“We’re excited to have Tom join our team as he’ll play an important role in
growing our practice,” said Ryan McLaughlin, President of Mac Strategies
Group. “This partnership strengthens our public relations and public affairs
capabilities immediately, while adding a whole new dimension in the scope of
services we can provide clients across the board. Tom’s caliber of experience
and success is extremely beneficial to our clients.”

“I'm thrilled to join with Ryan and the Mac Strategies Group team to enhance
the firm’s strategic communications practice on the local, state and federal
level,” said Tom Bowen, Senior Advisor with Mac Strategies Group. “The
opportunity to assist clients with effectively shaping their message and
execute effective political advocacy campaigns for their issues is an exciting
opportunity,” he said.

Mac Strategies Group was founded in 2008 by veteran political and
communications operative Ryan McLaughlin and has emerged as one of the most
successful Chicago-based firms in executing public relations and public
affairs campaigns for clients at the state and federal levels. Prior to
launching the firm, McLaughlin held several high-level roles in the political,
governmental and corporate sectors, most notably serving as campaign manager
for then State Senator Peter Roskam’s successful campaign for Congress in 2006
against Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth. Mac Strategies Group represents a
myriad of clients including the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA),
Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), Satellite Broadcasting and
Communications Association (SBCA), Wrigleyville Rooftops Association, Chemical
Industry Council of Illinois (CICI), Pharmacy Choice and Access Now (PCAN) and
the Unlock Our Jobs coalition. The firm has also waged prominent campaigns on
behalf of the Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (ICADP),
7-Eleven, Sears Holdings Corporation among others.

About Tom Bowen

Tom Bowen boasts an impressive political career with a strong focus on
Illinois politics. In total, he has managed six political campaigns ranging
from Chicago City Council to U.S. Senate. Bowen has consulted on dozens of
federal and local races across the country, including the 2008 presidential
campaign for Barack Obama and the highly watched U.S. Senate campaign of
Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulis to replace President Obama in 2010.

About Mac Strategies Group

Mac Strategies Group is an award-winning, full-service strategic
communications and public affairs firm with offices in Chicago and
Springfield, Illinois. We thrive on waging aggressive, creative and effective
public relations and public affairs campaigns for clients in the corporate and
public policy arenas. Our clients include corporations, issue-advocacy
coalitions, trade associations, sports franchises, public policy
organizations, art dealers and non-profits. For more information about our
firm, visit www.macstrategiesgroup.com.

Contact:

Mac Strategies Group
Cally Eckles, 312-588-4102
cally@macstrategiesgroup.com