Partner, FirstStrategic Communications & Public Affairs
Wes Gullett is a founding partner in the firm FirstStrategic, Communications & Public Affairs. He works primarily on strategic planning projects and representing businesses engaged in public policy efforts.
He has directed and worked on numerous public policy projects at FirstStrategic, including successful efforts passing Propositions 203 and 100. Gullett’s main focus is on providing corporate leaders with strategic communications advice so that they can accomplish their objectives.
Gullett served as Deputy Campaign Manager for McCain 2000 during John McCain’s campaign for the Republican Presidential Nomination. His principal duties were overseeing www.mccain2000.com, the pioneering effort to bring web technology and web applications to a major political campaign. This Internet program was heralded as the first serious effort to bring Presidential politics to the Internet. Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report as well as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News reported on the spectacular success of the McCain Internet Campaign. Gullett also served as the coleader of the McCain 2008 Arizona Campaign Leadership team.
In addition to working on political campaigns, Gullett has worked in the consulting world for the past 12 years. He was a partner in the Phoenix public affairs firm of HighGround, Inc. Prior to his current venture, Gullett formed Integrated Web Strategy, LLC, a company that provides Internet consulting services for business, organizations, and political campaigns.
Gullett has extensive experience in government. He was Chief of Staff for Arizona Governor Fife Symington from July 1993 to April 1996. In addition he served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator John McCain. He also served as Senator McCain’s 1992 Campaign Manager. Gullett’s tenure with McCain was seven years and included Administrative Assistant, Community Relations Director, and Northern Arizona/Maricopa County Field Director for McCain for Senate (1986).
He served three years on Capitol Hill working for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference (1983-86). At the Conference, Gullett served as senior media producer. As the senior producer, Gullett oversaw the daily production of several radio and television programs.
Gullett is active in civic affairs in Phoenix. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Planning and Zoning Commission. He has served on the Commission for more than four years. He also served as Chairman of the Conservation Advisory Committee for the Arizona State Land Commission and as President of the Board of the Clean Election Institute.
Gullett is a native of Ottumwa, Iowa and attended The University of Iowa. He and his wife, former Arizona Representative Deb Gullett, have three children–Kelly, Katie, and Nikki–and reside in Phoenix.