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Buzz has worked with some of the biggest names in politics and business.
Buzz Jacobs is an investor and Harvard educated business leader with significant experience at the highest levels of politics and government, including service at The White House and senior management roles on two presidential campaigns.
He is an entrepreneur who bootstrapped his companies, selling millions of dollars of telecommunications, advertising, communications, and strategic consulting services to big names in politics and business.
Buzz is a big picture strategist with a keen ability to translate complex issues into understandable narratives that resonate with target audiences, which he has demonstrated throughout his career.
He now uses the skills and techniques he learned in national U.S. politics, along with proven merger and acquisition strategies, to help businesses scale, grow, and win.
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Buzz helped John McCain secure one of his signature political victories, the 2008 South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary. The importance of this victory in John McCain's political career cannot be overstated. It's the state that sunk his chances in 2000 and is a must win on the path to the GOP nomination. South Carolina is known for it's combative, hard-hitting politics. After securing that victory, Buzz led efforts to scale the campaign across 7 U.S. states and two territories.
Buzz with John McCain at campaign event in Alabama.
Buzz with President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.
George W. Bush
The White House
Buzz served on The White House staff for three years, where he played an important role in shaping one of the President's top initiatives - securing the U.S. Border and reforming the immigration system. The White House is the place where politics and policy collide under intense pressure, and immigration reform is at the top of the list of the toughest issues tackled in any White House. As part of his work at the White House, Buzz played a leading role in coordinating the deployment of thousands of National Guard troops to the Southwest Border, a major "scaling up" initiative.
Buzz Jacobs served as the Southeast Regional Political Director and South Carolina State Director during the 2008 Republican Primary, where he led the team that helped John McCain rebound against all odds to win the South Carolina Republican Primary in 2008. He went on from South Carolina to help lead the Florida primary campaign, another crucial victory in McCain's efforts to win the Republican nomination for President.
Following those victories, Buzz was asked to serve as the Southeast U.S. Regional Campaign Manager for the General Election. In this capacity, he managed the campaign in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He managed multi-levels of staff and volunteers totaling thousands of people and served as a spokesperson to media outlets, where he regularly interviewed with national, state, and local media.
Buzz also managed John McCain’s winning Massachusetts Primary campaign during the 2000 primary fight against George W. Bush.
Buzz served as a member of President George W. Bush's White House staff for three years, first working in the West Wing as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor before being promoted to Director of Immigration Security Policy and Associate Director of Border and Transportation Security Policy.
As a member of the National/Homeland Security Council staff, Buzz helped shape homeland security policy at the highest levels of the U.S. government. He worked on numerous classified and unclassified initiatives to counter terrorism, enhance security along U.S. borders, strengthen immigration enforcement, and protect the United States transportation system.
While at the White House, Buzz chaired numerous interagency Working Group meetings with senior executives from across government, helped lead Assistant-Secretary-level Policy Coordinating Committee meetings, and attended numerous Deputy-Secretary-level Deputies Committee meetings. He played an integral role in the deployment of U.S. National Guard troops to the U.S. Southwest Border in 2006 and worked closely with senior White House officials on immigration reform initiatives. Buzz also negotiated the security aspects of the trilateral Security and Prosperity Partnership with Canada and Mexico, announced by President Bush, the President of Mexico, and Prime Minister of Canada in 2005.
Buzz with President George W. Bush and key members of his cabinet prior to a trilateral meeting with the Mexican President and Canadian Prime Minister. Waco, Texas.
Buzz has helped numerous clients scale, grow, and win.
His work has directly contributed to electoral victories of candidates at all levels - from President to State Representative. Today, he uses those same skills to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed.
In addition to his work with John McCain and George W. Bush, Buzz served as a Senior Advisor to Marco Rubio's campaign for president. In this role, he led Senator Rubio's efforts to scale and grow his South Carolina campaign, the high point of Rubio's campaign.
Buzz also played a key role in helping retired three-star Marine General Jack Bergman become the highest ranking veteran ever elected to the United States Congress. He helped devise the strategy to scale and grow his campaign, and developed the messaging that transformed Bergman from an outsider with single digit support in the polls to a three-term Member of Congress with double digit victories.
Buzz speaking in front of the United States Capitol.
As a founder, Buzz bootstrapped an advertising agency, as well as a technology company, to deliver millions of dollars of marketing, sales, advertising, and consulting services for clients, which included big names like Lockheed Martin Technologies, Marriott International, Americans for Prosperity, Congressional Leadership Fund, Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, Republican State Leadership Committee, Alabama Farmers Federation, and dozens of Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and lower ballot campaigns.
As an entrepreneur, he has participated in nearly every aspect of operating a business and, through his experiences and broad skill set, adds substantial value to the teams on which he participates and to the companies in which he invests.
Buzz has led cross-functional teams under intense pressure and high levels of media scrutiny. He is a proven strategist and skilled executioner with a proven ability to successfully tackle complex management, public affairs, and public relations challenges.
He is also an experienced communicator, who has developed both public relations and earned media strategies and given hundreds of national, state, and local TV, radio, and print interviews. He has directly contributed to electoral victories of candidates at all levels - from president to the state legislature - and helped numerous campaigns and issue advocacy organizations win elections and achieve their strategic, communications, and public affairs goals.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Buzz is also proud of the work he did at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the wake of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. There, he served as a strategist to help reengineer and transform the FBI to be better equipped to respond to growing threats to U.S. national security.
He holds a Master in Public Policy Degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Alabama.
Today, Buzz is blessed to live in the Tampa Bay region of Florida with his amazing wife of 18 years, two incredibly talented children, and his Labrador Retriever.